Charity Drive for Singapore Children’s Society

Students’ Drawings on postcard sold for charity

A BIG THANK YOU to all our Parents, Students and Teachers for your donations in support of the Children’s Society. Your donations are deeply appreciated. We are pleased to have raised a total of S$875 together!

Donor’s NamesAmount Donated
Your Sempre MusicS$200
Teacher HuiZhenS$20
Teacher ShawnS$10
Teacher RyanS$10
Teacher EthanS$10
Abel HuS$10
Ahmad Syahid Bin Mohamad FazilS$5
Berrie Yeo Jia JiaS$5
Chang Kai ChengS$10
Darius ChanS$50
Foo Jing Chen NathanielS$50
Foo Jing Rui NariusS$50
Isaac TohS$50
Javier WongS$50
Khor LouisS$50
Lee Xi En and Ethan LeeS$50
Liew Hong YiS$20
Matthew ErS$10
Nikko Teo Yong EnS$40
Oliver Chin Song JinS$10
Olivia GanS$5
Shanice ChuahS$15
Sivaramkrishnan ShriramS$10
Thameena PiyathungaS$25
VarshaS$20
Wang Xu MengS$50
Xavier Swee Ren JieS$40

Your Sempre Music organized a Piano and Violin Students Mid-Year Concert on 24 June 2022

Sivaramkrishnan Shriram performs Discombobulate (Sherlock Holmes) Piano Solo by Hans Zimmer. He was on Business Trip and missed the concert. We can still see his great performance here. Enjoy!

Hope you have enjoy all the nice songs below during the concert! Great job for all our performers!

Our Piano and Violin Students
Madily Tay performs Hot Cross Buns From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Samily Tay performs Mary Had A Little Lamb From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Chai Wei Jun performs Knights of the Pass From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Wesley Tan performs Morning Song From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Alysson Tan performs Go Tell Aunt Rhody on the Violin, Folk Song from Suzuki Violin Bk 1
Wang Xumeng performs Au Clair De Lune, a French Folk Tune
Anthea Leong performs The Chimes From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Rachel Liew performs Ten Little Indians From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Abel Hu perform Sunrise From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Melody Lim performs Dodgems By Alan Bullard
Ethan Lee & Xi En performs Mary Had A Little Lamb Piano & Violin Duet From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Oliver Chin performs Morning Song From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Shanice Chuah performs Dodgems By Alan Bullard
Matthew Er performs La Spagnola By Vincenzo Di Chiara
Edan Pang performs Ten Little Indians From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Chyenne Teo perform Cuckoo-bird From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Lyra Yang performs Sunrise From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Lee Xi En preforms Let It Go from Frozen 1, Music by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Arr. by Yuuu Piano
Loh Kai Wen preforms The Ballet Dance From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Olivia Ho performs Ten Little Indians From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Isaac performs Sunrise From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Laura Chean performs Cuckoo-bird From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Ahmad Syahid performs Parson’s Farewell, Trad. English
Lee Xi En performs Go Tell Aunt Rhody on the Violin, Folk Song from Suzuki Violin Bk 1
Wong Yi Qin performs Sunrise From The One Smart Piano Classroom
Louis Khor performs Angelfish By Anne Crosby Gaudet
Liew Hong Yi performs The First Flakes Are Falling By Helen Madden
Varsha performs Minuet 2 on Violin, J.S.Bach from Suzuki Violin Bk 1
Olivia Gan performs Anastasia by Ailbhe McDonagh
Zachary Soh performs The Rumbling, Attack on Titan, Arr. by Andreas Zubaran
Hailey Quek performs Minuet 3 on Violin, by J.S. Bach from Suzuki Violin Bk 1
Nikko Teo performs Ecossaise in G Op.38, No.23, by Johann W. Hassler
Xavier Swee performs The Chase Op.100, No.9 by Friedrich Burgmuller
Narius Foo performs Etude in A minor by D.B. Kabalevsky
Sim Jin Cheng performs Prelude in C major by J.S. Bach
Axel performs Ester Verlust No.16 fr. Album fur die Jugend, Op.68 by Robert Schumann
Yang Zhuo Yun performs Chiquilin de Bachin on Violin, by Astor Piazzolla
Heather Soh perform Sonatina Op.55 No.1 by Friedrich Kuhlau
Javier Wong performs River Flows In You by Yiruma
Jaymie Tan & Ms Wong performs Piano Duet Passacaglia by George Frideric Handel
Nathaniel Foo performs Sincerely, Theme from Violet Evergarden, Arr. by Nathaniel Foo, NFMusic Piano Covers
Heather Soh performs Singin’ in the Rain on Violin by N.H.Brown & Arthur Freed
Berrie Yeo performs Rondo, No.1 from Three Rondos on Folk Tunes by B. Bartok
Ms Lee performs Lullaby Op. 10 by William Mason
Ethan performs Sonata in C major, Op. 2, No.3, 1st mvt by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ryan performs Allegro Brillante, Op.19 by Willem Ten Have
Violin Ensemble performs Song of the Wind Folk Song from Suzuki Violin Bk 1
Best Wishes from YOUR SEMPRE MUSIC. Hope you enjoyed the concert!

Do your part for Charity. Contact us to purchase a Postcard drawn by our Young Artists. All proceeds will be donated to the Children Society

2020 – 2021 Online and Hybrid Concerts

Adjusting to pandemic situation, Your Sempre Music conducted our first Online Concert in 2020 June, followed by a few more “hybrid” concerts, mixture of online and onsite students. This keeps the tradition of yearly concerts to horn our students performance skills in front of live audiences.

2019 Concert

Everyone performed fabulously, not knowing what was going to happen next year!

Concerts from 2015 to 2018

Young and Mature Students performs fantastically for all the concerts. Looks like they enjoy the ‘attention’!!!

Student Concerts from 2011 to 2013

Compliments to all students on their efforts and dedications.

P-V-A @ Your Sempre Music

One Stop for Piano, Violin and Art courses. Just let your kids come here for half a day to learn all three artistic skills.

Register here –> https://yoursempremusic.com.sg/home/p-v-a-course-registration/

Featuring all our students happily learning with us!

More information here —> https://yoursempremusic.com.sg/home/courses/

Nathaniel and Narius Brothers’ Duet on CNY 2022

A simple song to start the Chinese New Year celebration

YS Music Students’ Christmas Eve Concert 24 Dec 2021

Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! Merry Christmas to everyone! We celebrate another Christmas with a Year End Music Concert. All our students have put in hard work in their music practices for both Piano and Violin. Enjoy the music!

Wesley Tan performs Amusement Park
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Anthea Leong performs Hot Cross Bun
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Matthew performs A Christmas Carol “Good King Wenceslas”
Music by Pauline Hall
Matthew and Ms Wong Duet performs Jingle Bells
Music by J. Pierpont
Olivia Ho performs Mary had a Little Lamb
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Olivia Ho and Ms Lee Duet performs Deck the Halls
Music Arranged by Nancy & Randal Faber
Abel Isaac and Yi Qin performs Fair
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Abel Isaac and Yi Qin performs The Chimes
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Edan and Rachel performs The Chimes
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Edan, Rachel and Ms Lee performs Deck the Halls
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Kai Wen performs Waltz
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Alysson Tan performs Lightly Row
Music by Shinichi Suzuki
Ms Wong as Piano Accompanist
Alysson Tan performs Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Variation E
Music by Shinichi Suzuki
Ms Wong as Piano Accompanist
Chyenne, Laura and Lyra performs Happy Kids
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Chyenne, Laura, Lyra and Ms Lee performs Deck The Halls
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Melody and Ms Lee Duet performs Jingle Bells
Music by J.Pierpont
Shanice and Ms Lee Duet performs Jingle Bells
Music by J.Pierpont
Shanice and Melody performs Two Little Kids
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Louis performs Snowing
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Louis and Ms Wong Duet performs Winter Wonderland
Music by Felix Bernard
Syahid performs Let Us Go Together
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Syahid performs Let Us Go Together
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Varsha performs Ode To Joy
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Ms Wong as Piano Accompanist
Hailey performs Minuet 1
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Ms Wong as Piano Accompanist
Nikko Teo performs The Swing
Music by Chee-Hwa Tan
Xavier Swee performs Allegro 1st movement from Sonatina No 1 in G
Music by Thomas Attwood
Narius Foo performs Andante from Trumpet Concerto in E flat Hob VHe 1 2nd mvt
Music by J. Haydn
Nikko and Xavier Duet performs Silent Night
Music by Franz Gruber
Nikko, Xavier and Narius performs Skipping Through The Forest
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Hong Yi performs Moonlight Sonata
Music by The ONE Smart Piano Classroom
Olivia Gan performs Angelfish
Music by Anne Crosby Gaudet
Olivia Gan performs Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer
Music by Johnny Marks
Ee Weng performs Frosty the Snowman
Music by Jack Rollins
Heather performs Changing Times from Cool Piano 5
Music by Heather Hammonds
Heather and Ms Wong Duet performs Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Music by J. Fred Coots
Heather performs Castle On A Cloud
Music by Boublil & Schonberg’s Les Miserablesi
Ms Wong as Piano Accompanist
Zhuo Yun performs Minuet 2
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Ms Wong as Piano Accompanist
Javier Wong performs Disco Baroque
Music by Alan Bullard
Axel Lai performs Etude in A Minor, No 3 from 30 Children’s Pieces Op27
Music by D.B Kabalevsky
Zachary Soh performs Erster Verlust (First Loss)
Music by Robert Schumann
Brielle performs Jingle Bells Rock
Music by Jim Boothe
Nathaniel Foo performs The Tempest Waltz
Music by Foo Jing Chen Nathaniel
Nathaniel and Narius performs Sleigh Ride
Music by Leroy Anderson
Shriram performs Pink Minor No 1 from Colour Suite
Music by Madeleine Dring
Berrie Yeo performs Rondo No 1 from Three Rondos on Folk Tunes
Music by Bela Bartok
Ms Lee performs Lullaby Op 10
Music by William Mason
Ryan performs Andante Op 75
Music by Gabriel Faure
Ethan and Ms Wong Duet performs Jingle Bells
Music by J. Pierpont

Evolution from Traditional ways

Traditional ways of teaching Art have evolved out of the box.

Addition to the already online Piano and Violin classes, Your Sempre Music now have Art lessons joining the online club.

We defeat the odds using creativity, innovation, a lot of cooperations and coordinations between students, parents and teachers!

Safeguarding Everyone In School!

We just added a new fogging machine to sanitize our studios. Coupled with hand sanitizing, wearing of Mask and Face shields, we continue to safeguard our teachers and students against the virus. Stay safe everyone!

Day 1 of Online Music Lessons

May 19, 2021, Wednesday. The day started with Home Based Learning for kids in Primary, Secondary and Tertiary school. For Your Sempre Music, Online Music Lessons was started as well. Students will continue learning music…. no excuse!!!

Our students took on the Online lessons naturally, at the comfort and safety of their homes.

Separated yet connected. Let’s continue to breakthrough the barriers and have fun learning !!!

Update from School – 16 May 2021

Your Sempre Music shall switch all music lessons for Piano and Violin to Online starting 19th May 2021.

Let’s do our part to keep everyone safe!!!

16 March 2021 International Piano & Violin Competition

During the March holidays, our students joined the International Piano and Violin Competition organized by Music Singapore along with other talented kids in Singapore and other Countries. We congratulate all of them for performing great music on stage and on Facebook Live.

Big THANK YOU to all the parents for their constant support and taking time from work to accompany their kids to the competition. Let’s enjoy their performance again!

Performance by Foo Jing Rui Narius
Performance by Claire Tan Zhou Ying
Performance by Soh Yu Hua Heather
Performance by Teng Yi Zheng Zen

One Year On… and the Musical Journey Continues Together!

One year ago, these kids joined our music school and started learning music using “The ONE Smart Classroom System”, coupled with Rhythm & Movement methodology.

Starting…. November 2019… with all the fun and laughter in the music studio. Kids learn Piano playing, musical theory, singing and music appreciation, but most importantly, enjoyed playing the piano.

October 2020… confidently performs a song from the music book

“Let Us Go Together” performance by Xavier at October 2020

And the Musical Journey continues……………

One School for Your Right Brain

The left side of the brain is responsible for controlling the right side of the body. It also performs tasks that have to do with logic, such as in science and mathematics.

On the other hand, the right side of the brain coordinates the left side of the body, and performs tasks that have do with Music, Sound, Creativity and the Arts.

Piano, Violin and Drawing Art, all in One School. Without the need to run around town looking for three different schools, Your Sempre Music have simply consolidated everything into one place.

This is the place for you to rest your Left brain and let your Right brain have some fun for a change.

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The Grand Piano, What’s in it?

What is in your piano? What are the things that are making the sound?

The Piano is a piece of Art, an Engineered Art, made solely for making sound. Under the fingers of pianists, Music is born! Let’s take a look what’s under the hood!

The exploded view of a Grand Piano shows the Frame, Soundboard, Strings, Action, Pedals, Case, Pin Block, Bridge.

Typical strings design of a Grand Piano

How do you play a piano? Basically, you need to use a hammer to create sound. BUT WAIT!!!! Before you get any wild ideas and get a hammer, take a look at the picture below.

This is the Hammer. It is a felted mallet which is driven to hit the strings by the piano action to producing sound. Piano hammers have a spring like action due to two tension and compression forces. Highly compressed felt is formed around a wood core under high pressure to make piano hammers.

Showing an illustration of the Grand Piano keyboard action construction. The Action module consists of 57 parts, interlinked to allow the Hammer to strike the Piano strings when the pianist presses the keys. When the Key is pressed, the Hammer moves towards the strings, transferring kinetic energy into strings in approximately 2 milliseconds of contact time. The strings vibrates mechanically (structural borne noise) converting into acoustic energy (airborne noise).

It is hard to visualize the mechanical action, luckily, someone already created a simulation so we may all understand the mechanics.

Credits to Jared Owen. Part 1 covers the different parts and functions Action module of the Grand Piano

Now that we know the key movements, the next part emphasize on the sound quality produced with and without the pedals

Credits to Jared Owen. Part 2 covers the Three Foot Pedals of the Grand Piano.

The ingenuity and hard-work of engineers who makes the Grand Piano into a piece of art for Pianists throughout the world and ages. Upon playing on one such pianos, you will understand why it is call a Grand Piano!!

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Piano Through The Ages

We play the piano, we know the 88 keys, but do we know the history? Let’s take a short trip to… maybe a few centuries ago. Once upon a time in the Middle East.

Introducing the generations of Piano and their evolution through the ages, starting with the Great-great-great-grand father’s Great Grand Father, Dulcimer.

1 dulcimer
moderncimbalon

Dulcimer was born in Iran, shortly after the birth of Christ. It uses the basic principles of the piano, with hammers striking multiple strings tuned over a flat soundboard.

Dulcimer players uses two light sticks with a broader blade at the striking end. Different types of Dulcimer went as far as China.

Modern Cimbalom are direct descendants of the Dulcimer.  



Next in line or maybe 500 years later, the Clavichord was born around the early fourteenth century.  

In 1504, the German poem “Der Minne Regeln” mentions the terms clavicimbalum (a term used mainly for the harpsichord) and clavichordium, designating them as the best instruments to accompany melodies. 

One of the earliest references to the clavichord in England occurs in the privy-purse expenses of Elizabeth of York, queen of Henry VII, in an entry dated August 1502.

The Clavichord uses keyboards attached, at the other end, vertical brass strip, when pressed, will rise and hit a pair of strings.

This same pair of strings can also produce a second pitch, when struck by a neighboring key at a lower or higher point along the string.

In compensation for a weak tone, the Clavichord’s lever contact between finger and strings allow for controls of dynamics.


3 Virginal

In 1511, creation of the Virginal in replica to the Clavichord, encloses a small harpsichord with keys at right angles to a set of strings.

The mechanics is similar to the Clavichord. While creating a louder tone, it lacks the dynamic variety of its elder brother. It was the favorite instruments of composers during Shakespeare’s era. With two keyboards designed, it can also be used for two players.

A demonstration of the Virginal instrument by James Nicholson.



Made in Italy, this triangular wing shaped instrument is call the Spinet. It was later perfected by the English builders in late 17th century during the time of Henry Purcell.

4 Spinet

As in the Virginal, the mechanism plucks the strings, but with the wing shape, it permitted longer strings to increase the volume as well as expanding to five octaves.

The Spinet was the typical family keyboard instrument of the period. A triangular instrument or table?

 Four small pieces by Bach performed on a Spinet.




5 harpsichord

The widely known Harpsichord.

Created in early 15th Century, it reached its peak when Bach and Handel were still alive and making music. The Harpsichord set the future for Grand Piano in terms of the general shape.

With the vast increase internally, the Harpsichord tonal power due to the string length was increased many times greater than that of the Spinet.

Builders developed multiple keyboards with Couplers and Stops mechanisms to control additional sets of strings.

Couplers are devices enabling one key to pluck several strings at once and Stops are mechanisms that produces different registers or tone qualities



Making way for a new era of music making, the creation of Grand Piano using Hammer Action Keyboards that we know, instead of the strings strumming, hitting or plucking methods.

6 cristofori piano-forte

Made in Italy!!!

the FIRST Grand Piano was successfully created by Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1720 in Florence, Italy known as Cristofori Piano-Forte, pioneer in hammer-action keyboard used in pianos now.

It was very well designed and well-made that for 75 years, no other of comparable sensitivity and reliability could surpass its performance.

Current highly complex action of the modern piano may be traced to his original concepts.



Piano of Beethoven’s period during the 18th century saw a gradual extension of the keyboard, using heavier hammers and strings that required stronger frames. 

7 piano of beethoven's period

Two significant new developments were the escapement action for faster repetition of notes in 1770 by Stein in Augsburg and the addition of dampers and soft pedals by Broadwood in London, 1783.

This piano has five pedals instead of three, the additional special pedals were added to produce exotic effects such as Turkish percussion.

Example of a 5 pedal piano

8 upright piano

The Upright piano’s design were already used by the Harpsichord in the 16th century. In 18th century, German builders attempted to make the Piano-Forte stand up straight.

The first successful standing piano was invented independently by Hawkins of Philadelphia and Mueller of Vienna in 1800, followed by Robert Wornum’s  compact “English Cottage Piano”.

Thus making way for standing tall pianos knows as Upright Piano.





9 square grand piano

in 1742 German builders, notably Johannes Socher, adapted Cristofori’s Piano Forte to the traditional rectangular shape of the Clavichord.

Instead of Rectangular shape, they squared it, into the  Square Grand Piano.

With engineering in mind for high tensions on shorter strings, it forced new developments in the metal bracing of the wooded frame. It also boasted tuning stability in the process of making a square.

The Square Grand Piano remains quite popular until 1900. 

Titanic Theme played on a 1870’s Square Grand Piano by Jonathan Mayorov.

Thus the Grand Piano becomes the favorite ‘must have’ for professional pianists worldwide!


One of the most outstanding improvement during Lincoln’s period was the Double-Repetition Action of Sebastian Erard from Paris in 1821, making extremely rapid repetition possible.

Also added was the Full Cast Iron Frame of Alphaeus Babcock from Boston in 1825.

The piano in the picture was used by Lincoln’s family in the White House from 1860 to 1865.



We now enter Modern Times

Today, Modern Grand Piano inherits all the refinements of its ancestors including additional improvements which greatly allow for musical range and depth as well as durability and stability.

Foremost in improvements is the use of the cross stringing to allow for greater richness of tone by passing more strings over the resonant center of the soundboard.  

The sostenuto or middle pedal, permitted greater scope of musical coloring.

12 modern grand piano

 

From the first Dulcimer to the current Modern Grand Piano, much progress were made to the size, sound and playing methods, made by technological advances.

But one thing does not change, The Love of Music remains unchanged but made stronger by all the engineering innovations and continuous improvements.

Definitely worth time and money spent on such an instrument. Continue to enjoy your piano and play beautiful music, where every piece played becomes a tribute to those who made it happen!!!


Let’s Share the knowledge around so that we may all appreciate piano music better!

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A universal sign of motherhood is the lullaby. The world over, mothers sing to their babies, whether Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, their favorite song from the radio, or even random notes. This universality makes the simple lullaby a great window into the human mind. In a new study, cognitive neuroscientists found that lullabies soothe both […]

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