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Good Day to all parents, friends and students! I would like to share with you about this recording. Shot 6 months ago,me and my 2 daughters, Lee Shen Shuen 3 1/2 years old, Lee Shen Yi 7 1/2 years old and Lee Voon Onn (my youngest brother) were jamming in ER Studios. At first I decided to have a quick jam with my brother and suddenly Shen Shuen grabbed the mic and said she want to join us. Without any hesitation we welcome her. She suggested that she want to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, so we find the chord and for the first time she can come in without any errors! We just continued... And she followed the rhythm and finished the whole song. We are surprised at her ability in catching up the melody of the music. She sings well, we never train her to do so. We never push her to learn any instruments and always let her be herself (except learning Musikgarten). At Mama Treble Clef Studio we always believe that, sometimes the unconditional love given by the parents has the capability to make your children become independent. Your love has the ability to inspire them to become more creative and to make them more vibrant. Don't ask for return when you give or buy them things, your kids are not a tool for investment. Look at below for a better understanding in nuturing your child in music education:

1) Never belittle your child’s efforts. 2) Don’t threaten to stop his lessons if he doesn’t practice. Threats can work during periods of high motivation in music but may boomerang during a “growing pain” period. The day may come when he will remind you of your threat and insist that you make good on it. 3) Don’t criticize your child in the presence of others, especially the teacher. The teacher has skillfully built up a good relationship with your child, and his loss of face will tend to undermine it. Speak to the teacher, and only the teacher, privately about problems. 4) Your financial investment in your child’s music lessons pays its dividends through the skills he acquires over the years, not by the amount of his classes, nor in how much he plays for you or your guests. 5) Remember you are giving your child a music education for his artistic use, for his self-expression and development, and for his pleasure. Don’t expect him as a child to be grateful for your sacrifices. 6) Try not to prevent your child from upgrading his or her instrument when the instrument cannot cope with the child's capabilities. Doing so will only result in slowing down the child's progress - if the parent has doubts, a brief discussion with the principal is encouraged. 7) The child's gratitude will come years later when he or she can play and enjoy music as an adult.

8) Respect their decision. Make them feel that you give them right to choose and speak.

9) Not to pamper them with rewards in everything they do. They will end up materialistic.

10) Don't criticise others in front of your children and vice versa, you will potray yourself as a sarcastic and hypocrite.

These golden rules not only make your child to become good in music education but as a human being. Let them grown up to become a person who can contribute his or her wisdom and intelligent to the society, not someone who abuses his or her wisdom and intelligence as selfish individual. Thank you for viewing!

* Lee Shen Shuen is using a Samson Q8 microphone

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Teacher Grace Tan's students in action.Well done for the first rehersal for next mini recital! They are all using violins between RM400 to RM1,000, and are able to produce a wonderful sound. These students really have passion and determination towards their music education. We are proud of you. Guess what strings they use? Strings made in China of stainless steel cost around RM18 per set. These strings sound very sharp and vibrate a lot of steel overtones. It is advisable to use synthetic core or semi-synthetic core violin strings to create a good, round tone.Allocate more budget more strings. We at Mama Treble Clef Studio always emphasize that you don't always rely on expensive instruments to produce a good sound - sometimes you must master the fundamentals then you move on to expensive instruments.

It does not mean we encourage you to buy 'ciplak' or 'cap palang' instruments but we recommend you to buy a good student instrument to start up with. Branded instruments will not neccessarily produce good sounds or be of good quality. It may be of a good brand but you must test and listen first, as everything depends on the quality control of the instrument. Of course branded instruments are expensive (and expensive means better quality control, manufacturing, R&D, etc) but sometimes unbranded instruments can be better (depending on instrument, however; electronic equipment such as keyboards, mixers and speakers must be of a good brand in order to function well).

Listening ability is a must and do not be attracted by the outlook of the instruments. The first criteria to choose an instrument is by the sound and playability, and apart from a few other minor issues that should be the priority and not the brand, colour, outlook, design, etc. Sometimes a slight modification on the instruments will make sounds different, sounds better. We don't want to commercialise music education in Malaysia and make it an expensive affair. For beginners, you can always buy an average RM 350 to RM1000 (if you have the budget) and change the strings (recommended brands are Dominant, Pirasto, D'addario, Thomas-Instfield) If your violins falls under RM1,000 category, do not use the original strings on the violin that you bought (at least not for a long period).

Cheap violin always come with cheap wood and laminated plywood. When it comes to tuning, expect the tuning pegs to give you a lot of trouble as the tuning will go flat and the tuning pegs will bounce back because of the low quality of the wood. It can, however be modified and be made better... The golden rule still applies to everything though; what you pay for is what you get. You can fine-tune and polish up some aspects of a cheap instrument but some aspects are built in - i.e. a Kancil can always be modified to be faster than a Mercedes, but the interior and build quality can never be changed.

The country of the manufacturer is not an important issue when choosing violin (especially when you are on a low budget). Many people prefer violins from Germany & Italy but let me tell you, many of the European countries are importing violins from China as well, just rebranded it and make it "European". For your information, China has emerged as the largest violin manufacturer and exporter in the world! Genuine European violins are very expensive, ranging from USD5,000 to USD 40,000.

Dominant series violin strings are one of the most widely-used synthetic strings. A highly flexible, multi-strand nylon core makes these comparable in sound and feel to natural gut. Its multi-strand perlon core offers the tonal warmth of gut, without its disadvantages. Made in Austria. Various models are available with a price range between RM140-RM190.

Pirastro as the world-wide leading manufacturer of strings has gained extensive knowledge since 1798. During all this time gut strings have been considered as the most beautiful sounding strings. However, the violists’ expectations to easiness of handling made gut strings to be less accepted. Today Pirastro offers an alternative to the needs of violists with its new Passione for viola: The gut string for the 21st century! Please read below the product description. Pirasto Tonica , made in Germany has upgraded string construction, livelier open and direct tone, with less side noises. Recommended to all violin students, price range between RM120-RM18o.

Video above: Pachabel Canon in 'D' violin practise and rehersal. Kevin Wong, Hooi Ching Hui En is using the F.Scarlatti version of violin. Eizaz on drums, Mr Cheng on Bass guitar and Benny on keyboard. Check out the next video next week! Thank you for viewing.

Clockwise From Left Conductor: Mdm Mayya Musaeva Saxophone & Clarinet: Eizaz Azhar Double Bass: Dahlia Diyana Violin: Liu-Yi Retallick Violin: Wong Lu Ee Trombone: Mustaqim Abdullah Good News! Dato Seri Ng Yen Yen, our very own Minister of Tourism of Malaysia has confirmed that she will be attending 'A Green Symphony ' charity concert organised by the MCA Selangor Youth alongside the Istana Budaya Youth Orchestra on the 7th of June 2009. We are calling all music lovers throught Malaysia to join us to make this concert a memorable event for everyone. Check it out! The objective of the Green Symphony concert is simple;- To create awareness on how our lifestyle is affecting the planet- To showcase young local talents- To create an exciting event for the youth of today to enjoyThe concert will be held in SEGi College Kota Damansara from 6:30PM onwards. There will be a variety of different shows ranging from hip-hop dances to local bands and of course the stars of the show, the National Youth Orchestra and its members.

Mama Treble Clef Studio in-house teacher and multi-instrumentalist Eizaz Azhar has managed to reach the semi-finals of the Road To Hollywood reality TV show! Congratulations Eizaz, we are very proud of your achievement! Catch him at 10PM every Tuesday on RTM2! Videos coming soon...

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Amazing! Next clip Eizaz will play clarinet, percussion, saxophone, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and flute at the same time. Stay tuned!

Pix 1-On the 8/4/09 , we invited Mr Eugene Lim from Trinity Malaysia gave out teachers a briefing on Trinity London Exam Syllabus.The briefing last about one and a half hour with slide presentation ,and the response is very fruitful.The briefing attended by 10 music teachers from Mama Treble Clef Studio.The briefing ends with a souvenir presentation by Allicia Lim, the principle of Mama Treble Clef Studio to Eugene Lim. Pix 2- A copy of the Trinity Exam Grade 7 Piano Syllabus (Teaching Notes) book

Mama Treble Clef Studio Management
Principal: Mdm Allicia Lim
Showroom Manager: Mr Ray Lee
School Administrator: Ms Chum
Music Consultant : Mr. Eizaz Azhar
Showroom/Studio Supervisor: Voon Onn

 

Teachers
Guitar/Bass: Mr Eddie Lee, Mr Mustaffa Ramly, Mr Chan, Mr Tan Howe Qin, Mr Eizaz Azhar ,Voon Onn
Piano: Ms Zen Lee, Ms Allicia Lim, Mr Toro Cheng, Mr Eizaz Azhar
Musikgarten:Ms Alice Wong
Violin: Ms Grace Tan, Mr Ashkan ,Ms Allicia Lim, Ms Zen Lee

Keyboards: Mr Toro Cheng, Mr Eizaz Azhar
Saxophone/Clarinet: Mr Brien Chia, Mr Eizaz Azhar

Drumkit: Mr Eizaz Azhar
Band Co-Ordination: Mr Eizaz Azhar, Toro Cheng