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Violin Music Academy

About Ben Lim (New Zealand Based)

Benjamin Lim
Benjamin LimFounder & Director (International)
“Firstly I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends, partners and supporters from all over the world who has come to join in our cause – the Violin Music Academy.”

Pilot by Profession, Musician for Life.

To read more about me and my teaching methods, check on the side!

My favourite Violin & Music quotes are:

“The true mission of the violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, a noble mission that has earned for the violin the glory of being called the king of instruments.” -Charles-Auguste de Beriot

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” -Plato.

Some of Ben’s highlights

Ben enjoys web building as a pastime and has been working on several projects. To name some of the more successful ones, they are listed below. We hope you enjoy them! 

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.
  • Oxford.
  • Tune-a-day.
  • 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.
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About Lauw Jiyi (Singapore)
The Ben-Ji Duet.

Lauw Jiyi
Lauw JiyiSenior Teacher
My teaching career first started as a part-time stint for the sole purpose of earning a little extra pocket money whilst pursuing my academic education in University. By the time I graduated, I knew that teaching music was my calling. Teaching music, or any other subject for that matter, is a difficult journey filled with plenty of ups and downs. Before I started teaching, I never imagined that I would feel such immense stress and anxiety when preparing some students for the exams or for concerts. I had not expected to feel frustrations and disappointments so deep, when my students neglected to practice. Yet, on the other hand, I never thought that their improvements, no matter how little, would bring such joy and fulfillment to my life. There are moments where my students are daunted by a challenging part, (sometimes even to tears) and they finally overcome it by listening and following my instructions on how to tackle it. This is most fulfilling to me, as I enjoy building up their confidence in their ability, and watching their wide smiles upon realising that they have just accomplished what they previously thought was impossible. Teaching is my passion, my dedication is to the music and my responsibility is to ensure that my students improve at every single class.

Although I am the teacher, many times it is they whom I learn from. Some posture and bow hold mistakes are very common amongst all students, and watching and listening to them, and realising the solution to the mistake makes me grow as a teacher. Everyday, my students help me grow as a person as well, and it is through them that I have learnt numerous important life lessons. It is through teaching, that I have also come to understand that patience, empathy, and tactfulness are not simply nice virtues to strive for, but is required of anyone who is a teacher.

I hold a Diploma in Violin Performance with Distinction from the Trinity College of London, along with a Bachelor of Science in Business with Second-Class Honours from the University of London. I am also registered with the Ministry of Education in Singapore (MOE) under the AMIS scheme, where I teach Violin Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) at three Primary Schools. I have been teaching privately since 2009, and have been teaching in the primary schools since 2011. Over the past six years, 72% of my private students’ ABRSM exam results have been Merits and Distinctions.

I am very pleased to be a part of this Violin Music Academy, and I look forward to growing and improving further as teacher and also as a violinist.

– Teacher Jiyi / Miss Lauw

About Dilora Yakubova (Tashkent)
Mentor and Ben’s Teacher.

Dilora Yakubova
Dilora YakubovaMentor & Senior Maestro (Tashkent)
“I am Dilora Yakubova, graduated in Violin and Teaching from The State Conservatory of Uzbekistan and living in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan ( the former Soviet Union)

I have 11 years experience as a Senior Violin Teacher in Singapore, from the beginner to Diploma levels in Cristofori school of fine arts, with 100% pass rates for my students, scoring mostly distinction and merit results.

I also have about another 15 years experience as a full time violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra and currently am playing for the Chamber orchestra of TV and Radio of Uzbekistan.”

For lessons with Ms Dilora Yakubova, feel free to drop us an email.

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