Upclose & Personal with Teacher Jolene

Today we would like to introduce Jolene, our Early Childhood & Piano teacher at Bloom School of Music & Arts.

Interviewed

Teacher: Jolene Seah

Teaching Course: Early Childhood & Piano

1- Instrument

Major in piano and keyboard, secondary instruments are guitar, double bass, synthesizers

2- Highest Music Qualifications

Diploma in Sonic Arts (Republic Polytechnic), ABRSM Grade 8 Piano and Theory (2007)

3- What first inspired you musically?

To take on a journey in the musical path, I was greatly inspired by my previous piano teacher who have guide

me to learn to appreciate music in wider perspective. After joining the course in my polytechnic, the people

and experiences that I’ve gained, had inspired me in a greater level.

4- Can you tell us about a special music teacher?

I define a special music teacher as someone who is like a candle, where he/she consumes himself or herself

to light the way for others. And when I entered into special needs sector, I saw a music therapist from Rainbow

Centre, Jacqueline, who really whole-heartedly put in her passion and effort in helping

the special needs children with the use of music. Observing the interaction between the children and

teacher/therapist, I realised the power of music bridging the bonds between 2 person and further

extending it out into their lives.

5- Do you have any musical heroines or heroes?

My musical heroine is my mother. We shared many musical experiences together in life and with her inspiration,

encouragement and courage, I plunged on to pursue my musical dreams.

6- Is there a piece of music which has a particular meaning?

Favourite piano tune: In The Mood (Glenn Miller)

7. What musical projects or activities are you involved in now?

Currently teaching music and taking charge of all performances at my organisation.

8. Can you tell us about a particularly memorable exam experience?

My grade 8 ABRSM examination was quite memorable and I’ve remembered how much effort and time I’ve put

into practising and training for it. However, the best memorable experiences were the times during my

polytechnic years, where I’ve participated in many musical events, theatre and stage performances.