The Eighth Note Music School Singapore: Is This Where You Should Learn Music From?

Saturday, December 06, 2014 , 0 Comments

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The difference between success and failure in any endeavor is a great team.

Yes.

It comes down to having people who understand each other and work well together. 

We all seek great teams that are not only family-loyalty-awardee, wolf-pack-level or best-friend-till-armageddon kind of situation, but also, great teams that will complement our relevance in existence. 

After spending a month getting to know about the people behind this school, I can say that The Eighth Note Music School in Lorong Kilat is the best unconventional example you should look out for as basis of a great team. 

And hopefully, the one you want to be a part of.

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They are the unlikeliest of examples. 

They’re neither rich, famous, nor related to the best music school in the world… the people here are nowhere near superstars, noble prize winners, or geniuses. They seem pretty average on so many stereotypes, like your friendly neighbour. 

But they’ve got soul and passion as big as eight planets (as big as Saturn, fyi) – and for a great team to come out of a place as small as a note, that’s just absolutely brilliant.

Unlikeliest of examples. Likeliest to impress on so many levels. #DarkHorse

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The tightknit of people of The Eighth Note Music School, tied with their style of teaching music, makes you feel like you’re hanging out with your buddies, comfortable enough to learn at your own pace, or makes you feel like you’re destined for music greatness any time soon, hopefully today. 

The way they support their individual and group efforts can be seen through the students coming in and out of the school.

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Students, ages 3 to 60, get the chance to learn ukuleles, classical music styles, rockstar trainings, electric guitars, and pianos here. The teachers here are very patient, tolerant, and supportive. They’re very adaptive – always able to change gears and refocus to help the students understand music better. 

Their 1:1 music coaching makes you easily pick up a tune or two in an hour or two, no matter how seemingly untalented you are. 

The teachers here are multitalented goof balls, with a knack for sharing all music related quirks and quizzes that are worth your while. 

Yes, expat moms, local dads, or Singaporean families bring their kids here to learn music, but I’d say the students who are enrolled here take away more than what they signed up for – they’re exposed to a great team.

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A perfect idea of what a great team should be like – in work, in traveling, in friends, in almost everything else, we all have that. Which is why there’s also a great need to try and learn from other unconventional great teams out there that don’t fit the standard of greatness bill. 

The Eighth Note, indeed worth the recommendation - where you should learn music from.

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As a bonus also: adding in a quick Q&A info for you guys from the Director himself, Mr. David Ho – gracious enough to share some of his surplus insights about The Eighth Note Music School.

When and why was this school created?
David: The school was created with the intention to help students find their love for music through a relevant approach – mainly playing songs they like.

What are some of the school's greatest accomplishments?
David: We have a couple of memorable moments! Noteble one is an endorsement by National Arts Council (Singapore) for our music programmes, and helping getting a grade 3 piano student who was going to quit to turn up early and practice for lessons through teaching him songs that  he liked!

How would you describe the school’s culture, curriculum, and student body?
David: Relevance and FUN!

How would you describe your teachers in this school?
David: They are very relational, understanding of the students’ needs. And they are relevant and fun too!

What is your most favorite course being offered in your school and why?
David: I would say it’s the guitar – portable, encouraging (because it’s easy to pick up) and you can play it just about anywhere!



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Main Branch
19 Lorong Kilat #01-04 Singapore 598120
Email: hi@theeighthnote.com.sg

Parkway Center Branch
Parkway Centre #02-02 Singapore 449408
Email: jac@theeighthnote.com.sg
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Thanks to The Eighth Note Music School Singapore for inviting me! 


Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 52 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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