The lobby and waiting area of the studio where students and parents can hang out
D-Flat Studios has expanded its music education business from a 400 sq ft operation in Tiong Bahru to an additional 2,100 sq ft educational space at The Salvation Army @ Family Hub on Tanglin Road. Founded in 2012, D-Flat Studios is a music school specialising in piano, vocal and musical theatre education. The studio has been voted Top 10 Best Piano Classes for Kids by theasianparent.com. “Over the years, we have received strong growing interest from parents and adults who want to be meaningfully engaged through music education and appreciation. Music is such a quiet force in our daily lives – it inspires, it moves, and science has also proven that it changes the shape and development of our brains. This expansion allows us to broaden our reach, and hopefully with our growing resources and space make an impact in our students’ lives.” said Aaron Goh, founder of D-flat Studios. An introduction to the General Manager of Red Shield Industries, the social enterprise unit of The Salvation Army, in September 2016 presented a space that could be repurposed into a music school. Discussions began and a partnership was inked between D-Flat Studios and The Salvation Army @ Family Hub in Tanglin to provide music education to the community. Conveniently located along Tanglin Road, the Studio is close to Crescent Girls School, Avondale Grammar School, Grace Assembly of God church and neighbouring residential estates. The Tanglin Studio boasts 5 differently themed learning spaces, and a recording studio. A large common area greets students and parents when they first enter, and this space is also used for theory and musicianship classes. The studio’s current teaching stable has since grown to 7 teachers, on top of guest instructors conducting workshops and master classes. The Studio distinguishes itself through experiential learning. Students are taught the language of music, and are encouraged to apply that knowledge across a spectrum of instruments. Chiefly, aural and musicianship are basic fundamentals in their pedagogy, using the piano and voice as an aid to learning music. The objective is to give them an understanding of the aural landscape they live in, complementing their academia by encouraging them to develop their cognitive abilities. Soft operations begun in December 2016 and the studio will have its official opening on 11 March 2017. To commemorate the opening, D-Flat Studios will be conducting a Musical Theatre Camp for 5 – 10 year olds from 13 – 15 March 2017, from 10am – 1pm daily during the school holidays. The camp will be conducted by 2 of Singapore’s thespians, and will be introducing the triple threat of musical theatre to its participants – singing, acting and movement. Interior Design Designed by architect, Esther Lau, D-Flat Studios Tanglin is a move away from the conventional music school design. The space feels inviting with its classic interiors, highlighted by modern accents such as lighting fixtures and wall beadings. The place is functional and pleasing, directed at making the user feel at home.
|One of the music rooms in the studio, featuring bright wall paper and a high ceiling|
“User experience was key in the design of the space. Whilst kids are having lessons, parents can wait by lounging by the window, or if they so wish, make conference calls and work on our workspaces. Also, it was important for us to retain the classic feeling of the black and white property, and yet highlight the modernity of its function” said interior designer, Esther Lau.
|Happy students of D-Flat Studios|
The Studio started humbly with 3 teachers in 2012, expanded to a second studio in One-North Gateway in 2013, but consolidated that in 2015. The Studio has been successfully operating out of their flagship studio in Tiong Bahru for the past 5 years, tucked away in the back of a nostalgic Econ-Minimart. The Studio has evolved to become an icon in the vogue Tiong Bahru scene, mixing the old with the new. It has been featured twice by the Singapore Tourism Board – once for a TV documentary promo for Australian broadcast and another in their Happiness Served campaign.
Aaron Goh, a former banker who decided to pursue his passion for music and education founded D-Flat Studios to share the application and relevance of music to the current aural landscape. An accomplished performer, he completed his National Service in the SAF Music & Drama company, was vocal coach for Phua Chu Kang – The Musical, Okto’s Ollie & Friends, Universal Studio Singapore, and also performs regularly for local musicals such as Hansel & Gretel, Monkey Goes West and Beauty World. He brings to the music education scene years of professional training, perspective and application. On top of managing and designing much of the curriculum, he still maintains a rigorous teaching schedule. The Studio currently teaches students from 4 to 89 years old, and offers free trial classes.
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