Composition & Conducting Faculty

Composition & Conducting Faculty

SRMC’s Composition & Conducting Faculty is the perfect place for budding songwriters and conductors. Our academic team prepares you by developing your theoretical foundation and repertoire, necessary for the success of your future careers.

OUR LECTURERS
Mr Tan Chan Boon

Music Composition Lecturer

Qualifications
Higher Degree in Composition, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, France

Profile
Tan Chan Boon is one of Singapore’s established composers. His works have been commissioned and performed widely in Taiwan, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Ukraine, France, Germany, USA and Singapore. French-trained Tan started composing at 12. His teachers include French composers Jacques Castérède and Michel Merlet, and Singapore pioneer composer, Leong Yoon Pin.

Tan has conducted more than 100 workshops and talks on the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler in Paris, Malaysia and Singapore. He was also the Recipient of the Top Local Serious Music Award from the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) in 1998 and the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award 2004.

He was made a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of the Arts and Literature) by the French Government in 2008. His many orchestral and chamber works include four symphonies : No.1 “Aurore” (1986-89), No.2 “Génèse” (1989-95), No.3 “Eden” (2002-04) and No.4 “Déluge” (2004-05); a Symphonic Poem (1997).

Mr Benjamin Lim Yi

Music Composition Lecturer

Qualifications
Masters of Music, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Profile
Benjamin Lim Yi is a Singaporean composer based in Beijing. His works span the entire gamut from commissioned concert pieces to theatre, contemporary dance and stage productions, to film, television and children’s music. They have been performed and showcased in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, London, and many cities across China including Shanghai and Beijing.

His soundtracks for film have accompanied and won various awards at notable international film festivals, including the Busan Film Festival, Asian Film Festival Berlin, Shanghai Film Festival, Cairo Film Festival, Osaka Asian Film Festival, Jakarta Film Festival, Shargah Biennial Festival and the Singapore Film Festival.

He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, with a Masters of Music under the tutelage of Professor Jianping Tang, and was a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council (Postgraduate) and Central Chinese Government scholarships. He is also an executive committee member of the Singapore Chinese Music Federation and Singapore Sheng Society.

OUR ALUMNI
PAST MASTERCLASSES
Liu Bin

Music composer
14 October 2015

Liu Bin came to Singapore after he finished his music study in Paris in 1992. He then founded Liu Bin Cultural Arts. Under his meticulous and diligent guidance, schools like CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School, Northland Secondary School, Mayflower Primary School, Xin Hua Primary School and Nanyang Primary School have attained Gold Awards. Kong Hwa School attained the prestigious Gold with Honours award in 2012/2010/2008/2006 during the biannual SYF Central Judging for Chinese Orchestra.

In 2009, Liu Bin managed to attain two Gold with Honours after great determination and perseverance for both CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School and Temasek Secondary School. In 2011, under his constant guidance, both CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School and Raffles Junior College received the top awards during the SYF 2011, Gold with Honours.

In 2012, Kong Hwa School received its fourth consecutive Gold with Honours award during the biannual SYF. Ai Tong Primary School, St. Nicholas Primary and Hougang Primary School all achieved the Gold award in the Gu Zheng ensemble. In 2013, Raffles Junior College, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls School, Maris Stella High School, Temasek Secondary School once again achieved Distinctions in the biannual SYF. In 2014, Kong Hwa School achieved Distinction in the SYF.

Terence Teo

Music arranger
7 October 2015

Terence Teo started playing the electric organ at the age of 10. He began his career by playing originals and covers at hotel lobbies, and is one of the most sought-after arranger for the Mandopop scene in the region today.

His work as a music arranger has enabled him to work closely with A-list Producers of the region; Lee Si Song, Lee Wei Song, Chen Zhi Hong, Bing Wang Zhi Ping, Zhang Ya Dong, Ian Chen Jian Ning. To date, his album credits include, Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin, Tanya Chua F.I.R, Jolin Tsai, Tank, Yoga Lin You Jia, Jam Hsiao Jing Teng, Sun Ho, Karen Mok, Elva Hsiao, A*mei, Cyndi Wang, Sammi Leung, Energy, Aaron Kwok, Jacky Cheung, S.H.E, Gigi Leung, Jordan Chan, Sally Yeh, Vic Chou, Project Superstars, Guo Mei Mei, Joi Chua, Huang Yida, Penny Tai, and more.

He also arranged the theme songs for both Singapore and Taiwan’s tourism boards for their campaigns, namely ‘Uniquely You’ sung by Joi Chua, for ‘Uniquely Singapore’ and ‘Taiwan will Touch Your Heart’, sung by A*mei. Awards he has won include ‘Best Arranger’ at the Singapore Hits Awards 933 in 2005 and 5th Pepsi Music Chart Awards China 2005. His work on the Mediacorp series, ‘The Little Nonya’ won Best Theme Song at the Star Awards 2009.

Weixiang Tan

Jazz composer, arranger, music performer
30 September 2015

Tan Wee Siang (‘Wei’) started teaching his peers in the college jazz band 9 years ago, as the assistant conductor of the big band.
Primarily self-taught, Wei decided to pursue his Masters in New York University to improve his pedagogy, where he studied under jazz masters like Brian Lynch and John-Michel Pilc. In recognition of his growing commitment and enthusiasm in education, Wei was appointed adjunct professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University, for a duration of 2 years starting 2007.

He has taught piano students from New York University, both on solo and group basis. He has consistently obtained positive reviews from his former students. His teaching style is focussed on inculcating his student’s interest in the music, and the recognition of the importance of fundamentals, such that eventually his students learn to teach themselves.

From 2010 onwards, Wei has been a lecturer in Lasalle College of the Arts, where he has been involved in teaching students both on an individual basis and in ensembles. Since 2013, Wei has also been teaching Theory and Aural skills to third year diploma students, as well as teaching Theory and Aural Skills to first year audio production students, through the medium of a digital audio workstation.

He has been very active in using principles in pedagogy and educational psychology to achieve his teaching objectives, as well as incorporating computer assisted learning into his classroom.