Hello, my name is Vivian Cheah. I am a classical piano teacher from Singapore with over 20 years of teaching experience. I used to give piano lessons at a prestigious local music academy where my students included prize winners in international piano competitions, before leaving to focus on teaching private students on a full-time basis.
I specialize in coaching students from the ages 5 to 18 for the following –
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Note – I only teach from my home. I am situated at the Yio Chu Kang / Seletar area.
- First Prize Winner for 2017 International Classical Piano Competition, Junior Category A
- Silver Award Winner for 2017 Singapore Asia Youth Piano Competition Finals
Timothy L Hombre
“I finished my grade 8 ABRSM in 2017 in my Secondary One year and took up music elective in my sec 3 year for O levels. My school teacher saw my potential in the subject and strongly advised that I should take my piano studies to a more advanced level with a piano teacher who can guide me further.
We found Teacher Vivian and started lessons since July 2019.
It’s been almost 30 lessons now and I can see improvements in:-
1) my finger technique when running scale-like passages and the appropriate hand-arm coordination to maintain a good flow and bring out the various emotions of the piece with confidence.
2) understanding and going beyond just playing the pieces to grasp the composer’s style, the structure of the piece, instead of plainly playing according to the score,
3) the build up of my repertoire of pieces to include composers of different period and styles. This expands my horizon on the different eras of music.
Besides polishing up for my school exam pieces (which by the way I scored almost full marks for), we were able to work some works by other composers like Chopin and Schubert,
which were composers that I didn’t have to chance to delve into in the past.
Teacher Vivian is very descriptive in her music lingo and would explain precisely the kind of tone quality that is required between different dynamic levels so that the style of the pieces I am playing could be best brought out out convincingly. She is professional and very helpful and I am able to excel under her positive influence.
Thank you for your excellent support, Teacher Vivian.”
Timothy L Hombre
My Teaching Approach
A PROFESSIONAL TESTIMONIAL
Ms. Cheah and I have been working together since 1990. We have helped each other and also her students from their ABRSM graded examination to international piano competitions. Her students include prize winners of various international competitions and high scorers in the international Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) piano examinations.
I have found Ms. Cheah to be someone who is very responsible in her work. She takes the initiatives to find out much of piano pedagogy for herself and her students, often purchasing tutorial materials and going to Masterclasses on her own expenses just to better herself and her teaching skills. She is very careful in her teaching and has proven herself many times to be a very responsible teacher with proven track records of her students’ achievements. Her experience includes teaching students with high talents to further their talents, helping them to realize their goals in winning competitions and getting study places to study piano and music in various international universities.
I enjoy working with Ms. Cheah and I recommend her highly to anyone who is looking for an excellent and responsible teacher to guide them / their children to the excellent art of good piano playing. Please feel free to contact me at +4916096741731 if you have further questions to this recommendation.
Kerri Ann Chua
“Ms Cheah is my second piano teacher. I am very fortunate that my mother had found her when I had only less than 6 months before I had to sit for my ABRSM Grade 8 Piano Examination. I made great improvement in my fingers techniques and articulation in barely less than 6 months of intensive training under her. She had helped me attained good grades for my ABRSM Grade 8 Examination.
Ms Cheah is strict and assertive but very committed and inspiring when she teaches. She uses daily examples to explain the essential techniques for classical music which makes it easy for me to understand better and hence acquire the skills faster. Even my father who is not musically trained understood her explanation.
During my preparation for DSA through music domain, Ms Cheah went the extra mile by helping me review and comment on my performance through recordings. This had helped me to get through the DSA selection programme and also earned me a place in my desired IP schools. She is also very involved in the music society and always recommends many good masterclasses and concerts for me to attend.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Cheah for her dedication in teaching me.”
Kerri Ann Chua
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Practical – Beginner’s Preparatory Piano, ABRSM Grade 1 to 8 and Diploma
Theory – ABRSM Grade 1 to 5
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Zhang Zi Zhao
Zhang Zi Zhao’s Father
A BIG THANK YOU
“I’m sure this isn’t the most eloquent letter I’ve ever written, but I am doing this to give Teacher Vivian the tremendous recognition she deserves for how she’s able to empower and engage her students.
My son, Jiaxin, now eleven, has been with Ms Vivian since six. He will be sitting for the exam of ABRSM Grade 7 in September. Frankly speaking, Jiaxin isn’t all that musically-inclined. He is very fortunate to have Teacher Vivian as his piano mentor. It is not easy for a young child to understand the music work he plays in a deeper manner, as well as to present it elegantly.
Teacher Vivian is always able to find a way to inspire Jiaxin to open his young mind and use his imagination. Sometimes she uses very interesting ways to help Jiaxin to acquire the concepts. Her lessons impart onto Jiaxin a love for classical music which he will benefit from in his life. As for the technical part, Teacher Vivian is very straight forward and detailed in her explanation. Obviously, I can’t speak of the experience of all students who have ever been under Ms Vivian. But I imagine their experience was very much like Jiaxin. Young kids are not easy to engage and spark, but Teacher Vivian, through her experience and professionalism, manages to do it year after year.”
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