Some of Ben’s highlights
Ben’s education background encompasses a wide variety of Aviation, Engineering and Music skills. Besides completing all his ABRSM graded exams in Violin and Music Theory mainly under Ms. Dilora Yakubova, and currently going through a diploma in Music, he holds an Aviation Bachelor’s Degree from Massey University (School of Aviation), is a Commercial Pilot, was previously a RSAF (Republic of Singapore Air Force) pilot trainee, have an Aerospace, Computers and Engineering Diploma from Singapore Polytechnic, and also attended Nanyang Technological University of Singapore for an Engineering undergraduate degree. Other accomplishments includes many leadership roles he has been involved in!
Ben’s repertoire, methodology, pedagogy, and syllabuses for students includes:
- Suzuki method.
- Essential Elements.
- Simply Strings.
- ABRSM, Trinity, NZMEB examination board syllabus.
- Intermediate to Advance Violin techniques and studies.
- Early childhood education.
- Music appreciation and history.
- Music theory.
- Orchestra and performing etiquette.
- Many genres of music (Classical, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Gypsy, etc).
- Violin construction.
- Basic luthier skills.
- Student requests.
- A wide variety of everything else!
Well Ben loves flying, travelling, playing music, spending time with family, playing with his cat – Frosty, eating, watching movies and shows, learning new stuff constantly, improving himself and finding ways to make the world a better place for all mankind!
Ben comes from Singapore and has over 20 years of violin playing experience. He has spent 11 years teaching students the Violin and Music theory in music schools and privately, and worked with major music companies in Asia. Ben has conducted, played, formed and performed in various orchestra and band settings in Singapore and New Zealand. He also runs the daily operations of Soundworks Music School as the Administrator under Director Liz Locke. Ben completed his ABRSM graded violin and theory exams, and studies mostly under the instructions of his Russian teacher, and also previously under several teachers and conductors from Singapore, Malaysia, China and New Zealand. He is currently doing his Diploma in Music (Violin), and is also an Air Transport Pilot Aviation graduate with Massey University. Ben’s education consists of Aerospace, Computers, Electrical & Electronics Engineering background diploma with Singapore Polytechnic and undergraduate degree with Nanyang Technological University. Ben was an RSAF pilot in Singapore and is now flying general aviation and commercially. Ben also enjoys playing the piano, percussion, ukulele and guitar for leisure, and believes no one is too young or old to learn music! His lessons incorporates early childhood teaching methodology for young toddlers and children, and extremely fun facts, studies, research, and wide repertoire for older and matured students. Lessons with Ben includes basic percussion and keyboard exercises. Ben has sent many students to take their graded music exams with ABRSM. Every lesson is new and interesting – incorporating musical theory and music history & appreciation! Feel free to contact Ben for a violin Demo if you are interested to learn from him, or consultation on music lessons & business related queries.