Behind every successful music student is a passionate and dedicated music teacher who brings the gold out of them.
Here are the heroes on our team who make Joy Music Studio a GREAT place to learn music and realise musical dreams.
Chee Yap Lim – Piano Teacher
Chee Yap holds a Master of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in 2017.
He won the John Ireland Prize and was commended as a competitor for the Bach Prize and Lamond Prize during his study in the United Kingdom.
After graduation, he performed as a classical pianist and accompanist around the U.K. and Europe.
Afterwards, he taught piano lessons at the Shenzhen Music Academy Summer School in China.
Chee Yap has 7 years’ experience in teaching piano lessons in Malaysia, Singapore and United Kingdom. He has students from ages 5 to 50 years old from beginner grade to ATCL (undergraduate) grade.
Malaysian-born pianist, Chee Yap has been learning the piano since he was 13 years old. In 2009, he enrolled at Singapore Raffles Music College for an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance. He performed as an accompanist at La Voix and Cantique 2010 events, and at many venues including the Esplanade Concourse. In 2011, he was awarded ‘The Best Final Recital’ by Singapore Raffles Music College. He also earned a Distinction for his ABRSM Grade 8 piano exam.
Chee Yap went on to pursue his study in music and earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of West London. He also earned LLCM (Licentiate of London College of Music) performance diploma with a Distinction in 2014.
Emilie Loy – Piano and Music Theory Teacher
Emilie is a classical pianist and piano accompanist. A music educator with more than six years of music teaching experience, Emilie is both AMIS and ACTA certified.
While pursuing her BA (Hons) Music Performance degree at Goldsmiths, University of London, Emilie attained her Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Piano Performance certificate (LRSM).
Other musical qualifications under her belt include the Diploma in Piano Performance (DipABRSM), Grade 8 Practical Musicianship, Grade 8 Piano, Grade 8 Music Theory from ABRSM, as well as Grade 4 Erhu from Central Conservatory of Music.
In 2012, fuelled by her passion for Early Childhood Music Education, she completed the 'Music for Little Mozarts' Training Course and Piano Adventures Workshop.
In 2013, she enrolled in the Songwriting and Music Composition course conducted by Ocean Butterflies. This program inspired her to incorporate creative music technology into her music lessons.
She has also attained the Piano Pedagogy certificate from Steinway Gallery, exploring pedagogical methods on making music learning exciting and engaging for young children.
Music has been an integral part of Emilie’s life for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she loved singing too, and participated in choral events such as the ‘Gift from the Heart’ Charity Gala Concert, World Youth Choral Festival, Hua Yi Festival, and the 10th and 11th International Choir Competition in Riva del Garda, to name a few. She proceeded to obtain her Grade 8 Singing certificate in 2010.
Currently, Emilie is completing her Master of Education (Music) studies at the National Institute of Education.
She believes that “There is music in every child,” and her passion and motivation are “to discover and foster musical possibilities.”
Boey Yong Jie – Drum Teacher
Boey is an aspiring drummer who dreams of one day being counted among the best.
Boey holds a BA (Hons) in Music degree from LASALLE College of the Arts / Goldsmiths University of London. He also holds a Higher Diploma in Music Performance (Pop Drums) from LASALLE.
He also holds AMIS (Arts & Music Instructors Scheme) certification by MOE.
Since 2013, he has been performing with The Good Life Project band, now known as The Good Life band. This six-piece ensemble has played in large scale concerts such as GETAI SOUL 2016, and the recently concluded iLight by Marina Bay Sands.
He also played with solo artists such as JAWN, Ffion (formerly known as Ffion Williams), and others.
Striving to bring new flavours and creativity into each performance, Boey continues to push himself past his musical boundaries. He has a fascination with organic rhythms and beats, coupled with an obsession with Hip Hop and Soul music. He strives to incorporate their respective histories and characteristics into his delivery and hopes to one day marry these genres.
Boey has been teaching drums in various music schools since 2012. He gives his all in each lesson and believes that “Besides the impartation of knowledge, teaching is very much about leaving a legacy behind for my students. It’s gratifying to imagine that I may be Influencing a prodigious musical talent of the next generation.”
Celine Carissa – Violin Teacher
Celine first began her music studies in Junior High School with the Electone (electronic organ), but it was in High School when she truly fell in love with the Violin.
She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Music Teaching with a Major in Violinat the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (School of Music).
Before coming to Singapore, Celine played in a number of musical ensembles in Indonesia and Singapore where she learned much about technique, expression, and music foundation, as well as teamwork and organization.
She played in a string quartet group for three years in Indonesia (2012-2015), performing at events such as bazaars, weddings, hotel events, and birthday parties.
She also performed with a quartet group named SCAF, and with the Orchestra National Symphony Indonesia (OSNI).
She also performed solo pop pieces with the Guang Ji Society and won first prize at the Music Festival of Guang Ji Society in the ‘Group Performance’ category.
Celine taught for one year in a music school in Indonesia, and she has been teaching at Joy Music Studio since 2017. She uses many methods to teach music, both in theory and technique.
“I am passionate about sharing my joy for learning music.”
Muhd Al Ariff – Drum Teacher
Ariff picked up his first guitar at the age of ten years old. Then from Secondary 1 to Secondary 4, he joined the Military Band for his co-curricular activities and learned percussion.
He has performed with both instruments (guitar and drums/percussion) in school performances such as Teachers’ Day and National Day concerts.
Ariff has a Grade 8 Rockschool Drums Certification.
He currently performs with an acoustic band called “The Playmakers” in venues such as RedDot Brewhouse at Dempsey Hill and Wala Wala Café Bar at Holland Village. They play at weddings and private events too.
Ariff has four years of experience teaching music and has a gift for teaching drums, guitar, classical guitar, ukulele, and cajon.
Teaching has given him the opportunity to interact with students from different walks of life. He has taught students from ages 4 to 40, each possessing their own unique talent. Seeing his students smile and enjoy themselves during each lesson gives him great satisfaction.
He believes that “It’s never too early or too late to start learning music.”
Jerome Chong – Drum & Guitar Teacher
Jerome has been playing drums and guitar (acoustic and electric) for about ten years. His passion for performance began in secondary school and quickly grew.
His experience as a guitar technician started in 2015 when he took a job at a guitar store because it gave him an opportunity to play with different guitars daily. In 2017, he and a colleague started their own guitar servicing company.
Jerome has a keen interest in media and communications and holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Murdoch University in both media studies and public relations.
Since 2014, he has been the drummer for the band, Xingfoo&Roy. They are songwriters and arrangers, and have gigged in approximately 40-50 venues including the IGNITE! Festival and 100 Bands Festival. Most notably, they have also performed overseas in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan through self-funded tours.
Xingfoo&Roy has also released two EPs and one full-length album, of which Jerome participated in writing the drum parts, arranging the songs, and singing the backing vocals.
As a teacher at Joy Music Studio, Jerome loves when his students discover their talents.
“I seek to bring out the best in my students, both in creativity and technicality.”