Composition Faculty

Composition Faculty

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

Mr Wong Yoon Foong

SRMC Head of Internal Programmes, Music Composition Lecturer

Master of Music, University of London (The School of Oriental and African Studies), UK
Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Nanyang Technological University (National Institute of Education), Singapore

Wong Yoon Foong is an Ethnomusicologist and a Composer. His research is primarily concerned with the manifestation of identity through musical systems and practices, which has led to research applications as diverse as ethnomusicological publications, the teaching of composition, Classroom instruction of World music, conservation of musical practices, as well as the training of theory and aural musicianship.

Currently the Head of Internal Programmes of Singapore Raffles Music College, Yoon Foong is also a course developer with the Singapore University of Social Sciences. As a member of UNESCO organisations, such as International Council of Traditional Music (ICTM) and the International Society of Music Education (ISME), he has spoken at the conferences of these organisations. He has been invited to speak at public lectures and workshops in China and Singapore.

Prior to teaching in a specialised music college, Yoon Foong was a school teacher, where in addition to teaching IB Music and specialised music programmes, he aided the Singapore Teachers’ Academy of the aRts (STAR) to research pedagogical methods and develop teaching resources.

Mr Tan Chan Boon

Music Composition Lecturer

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

A well-established serious Singapore composer, French-trained Tan Chan Boon started composing at the age of 12, as well as conducting at 16. He has taught in major music conservatories in Singapore. He has also been an academic director, a teacher’s instructor, a pedagogy mentor and a main adjudicator in examinations and competitions for Conservatory and Asian Composers League, etc.

A recipient of various awards, Tan was made a Chevalier Dan’s I’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by the French Government in 2008. He is the only Singapore musician to have received this title. His main works include five symphonies: No. 1 “Aurore” (1986-89), No. 2 “Genese”(1989-95), No. 3 “Eden” (2002-04), No. 4 “Deluge”(2004-05), and No. 5 “Exodus” (2015); a few symphonic poems, and many other orchestral and chamber works.

Alex Oh

Film composer, producer, pianist
19 April 2018

Alex Oh, a film composer, producer and pianist, with more than a decade of experience, is one of Singapore’s most prolific and versatile film composer. His philosophy is simple – To tell stories through music.

Alex has scored 19 feature films in Singapore, Australia, China and the United States, with genres ranging from comedy, family-oriented drama, action films, horror. Notable works include 1965, Taxi! Taxi!, My Dog Dou Dou, Imperfect 我们都不完美, 大世界 It’s a Great Great World, as well as festival award winners like Faeryville, and darker films like Bait 3D, Rule No. 1 and The Maid.

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.