What do Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton and and recent Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas Sudhof have in common? These great minds have all spoken of how important learning a musical instrument was towards achieving their respective successes. Singapore’s fastest growing music school Aureus Academy couldn’t agree more that playing an instrument has huge long-term benefits (sharpening everything from discipline and concentration, to emotional, aural, cognitive and motor skills) and have developed a unique Music Training Programme to tutor musicians of all ages and abilities. Sign your child up for a free trial of their piano, violin, vocal, guitar, cello or brass lessons, or one of their sanity-saving winter holiday camps, for a taster of Aureus Academy’s respected musical method!
Founded by brothers Lawrence and Julius Holmefjord-Sarabi in September 2013, Aureus Academy has nearly 1,200 students enrolled across its three centres at Rochester Mall, 112 Katong and a newly opened flagship branch at Forum the Shopping Mall on Orchard (complete with 70-seat recital hall and 16 state-of-the-art studios). Their USP is a team of 30 passionate full-time and highly qualified instrumental teachers, who’ve undergone the rigorous Aureus Academy training process and have at least a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a performing arts university proudly pinned to their walls at home.
So, which instrument should you choose if your child doesn’t yet know their chords from their cadenza? Aureus Academy recommend that, for younger students aged four and above, learning the piano or violin in a private one-on-one lesson is the best start to instill a love for music, while developing essential skills such as technique, posture and focus. This personalised attention is valuable for older students, too, as teachers tailor each lesson so that it’s specific to their learning goals – whether that’s jamming a Coldplay song (you know, just for fun!), trying their hand at classical, rock, pop or jazz, or working towards the Associated Board of the Royals Schools of Music (ABRSM) exam certification. Mums and Dads are encouraged to sit in on lessons, but won’t be judged for popping out for a spot of shopping or a quiet coffee either, as that’s what the student handbook is there for – check it weekly for updates and practice notes.
And, if you’re looking for a holiday camp for your kids this Christmas holiday, Aureus’ Winter Camp 2015 is a winner. Multi-day camps for children from the age of 4 will be held at their Forum branch from 14-18 December and 21-23 December, with four activities to choose from, depending on age and experience – An Instrument A Day, Master Class, Musical Building Blocks (Theory) and Performance. Campers can try their hand at a heap of instruments (think piano, violin, guitar, voice, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet and ukelele), hone musical skills, learn musical jargon and performance etiquette and even practice how to bow properly in front of an audience! Prices for Aureus Winter Camp 2015 (inclusive of lunch and snacks): 1 day for $149, 2 days for $279 and 3 days for $399.
Aureus Academy; +65 6235 6488; email@example.com