House Of Violins Petaling Jaya Sdn Bhd
36-1, Jalan Puteri 2/4,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong,
Selangor, Malaysia.
+603-8063 5028
+603-8063 5028
+60149091341
Penang Office
44, Jalan Chow Thye,
10050 Pulau Pinang,
Malaysia.
 +604-227 7726
 +604-227 7726

Bring Music To Schools

“BRINGING MUSIC TO SCHOOL”

House of Violins is a private enterprise that provide specialist teaching in string instruments. The business started its music school in Puchong in 2009. In May 2010, a string orchestra for students under the age of twelve was formed. This children orchestra perform regularly.

“Bringing Music To School” is an idea where students are encouraged to participate in music education while they are still at school. The program is inexpensive, self-funding, easy to set up and administer, and it also bring unlimited benefits to the students and the school.

The program is supported by many well known and experienced music educators in this country and abroad. Biographies of some of these musicians are attached.

“Bringing Music To School” program has three categories. They are:

1. Sting instruments that include violin, viola, cello and double bass;
2. Percussion that includes tuned and unturned percussion;
3. Wind and brass instruments

We conduct seminars and demonstration on string instruments at school on a regular basis. If you are interested in this service, just call us to make an arrangement. Alternately, you can visit our children orchestra training on every Sunday between 4 – 6 pm at Puchong.

Music has long being a part of the school’s curriculum in most developed countries. The advantages and the benefits music bring to the students have been proven beyond any doubt. Let us show you how to “Bring Music To Your School” and let us help you to form your own string orchestra. Please email us if you need further information or call Mr Woon Ngok Kin on 0149091341and he will discuss the project with you. Kindly visit the following websites www.houseofviolin.net; www.clapandtap.com and www.clapandtap.org

BIOGRAPHY

The following are extracts of some of our musician’s biography:

Woon Wen Kin (B.Mus.T.C.L; L.T.C.L; Mas. Conducting)

Woon Wen Kin is a well known performer, conductor, promoter of music and music educator. He is also the most experienced symphony orchestra conductor in Malaysia. He studied at the Trinity College of Music in United Kingdom and graduated with a Violin Performing Diploma and Classical Guitar Performing Diploma.

Wen kin is the founding president of the Penang Symphony Society (established 1981) and also the music director of the Penang Symphony Orchestra (PSO). The orchestra performed regularly in Penang and has also performed in Singapore, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, Thailand and China. Wen Kin also formed and conduct the Penang Wind Orchestra and the Penang Junior Orchestra. He also conduct the two Chung Ling High School bands.

In 2009, Wen Kin co-founded Clap & Tap Chamber Orchestra – Malaysia. In the same year, he was also appointed as music director for the Penang State Orchestra by the Penang State Government.

DAVID L. WEN – Music Director

In the past 48 years, Mr. Wen works as composer, successful violin/viola teacher, conductor and painter. He is constantly being active and prolific. The fact that his works are loved and recognized widely by domestic and international musicians lead to over three hundred performances of his music and more than 10 commissioned works each year in the past 33 years.

Mr Wen won the Netherlands’ Gaudeamus International Composers Competition in 1975. He has travelled more than 83 countries and cities, where his works were performed. He is connected with numerous musicians, artists, and outstanding performers and groups all over the world.

Mr. Wen now resides in Los Angeles. He is a musical director of CLAP & TAP CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – LOS ANGELES. Not only does he teach the younger generation, but he also leads them into building up the goal of their musical life.

PROFESSOR YUNG-CHIAO WEI – Bassist

”Bass players with great technique and supreme artistry are non-existent. Well, there are a few exceptions: the legendary Gary Karr, of course, Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic, and now Yung-Chiao Wei, a young, multi-talented female bassist from Taiwan” reads a recent New York Concert Review of Yung-Chiao Wei’s Carnegie Hall solo recital debut. Yung-Chiao Wei was also praised by The Miami Herald as “a two sided-talent, a competition winning pianist turned double bass virtuoso”. Through her musical insight, breathtaking virtuosity and personality, Wei combines compelling, artistic performances on the double bass with a magical presence in stage.

Currently a double bass professor at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Wei is a recipient of numerous honors and awards. A native of Taiwan, Wei began playing the piano at age six and the bass at age twelve. She received her Master of Music degree with honors from the New England Conservatory in Boston and her Bachelor of Music degree with a Performance Certificate from the Eastman School of Music – the first bassist to be awarded such a certificate in twenty years.

Wei is the first Double Bass soloist who transcribed and performed the famous Chinese Violin Concerto “Butterfly Lovers” on a double bass. Wei has produced a CD on Centaur Records, featuring her own transcription of the famous Chinese Violin Concerto “Butterfly Lovers” and Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor was released in June 2008.

THE

PROGRAM

BRINGING MUSIC TO SCHOOL

1. THE OBJECTIVE

‘Music is the universal language of mankind”………..Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As a matter of fact, music is more than the universal language of mankind. Science has proved beyond doubt that music plays a very important role in developing a child’s learning capacity. In developed countries, most schools consider music as part of their school’s curriculum. Here in Malaysia, this concept is yet to be accepted.

The benefits of bringing music to schools can be summarized as follows:

• It teaches rhythm and strengthens discipline;
• It promotes independence and collaboration;
• It integrates the mind, body and spirit;
• It creates a seamless connection between motivation, instruction, assessment, and practical application leading to a deeper understanding;
• It merges the learning of process and content;
• It improves academic achievement-enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical
• and creative thinking;
• It exercises and develops higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation and problem solving.

Music standard in Malaysia was in the top three among Asian countries in the 60’s. Now we have slipped to almost the bottom of the ladder. It is not that our musical standard has gone backward. It is because our musical standard has actually made very little progress in the past decades while our neighbouring countries have made rapid progress with the support of their government. It is time for us to seriously look at what we can do to improve this situation.

Malaysia is blessed with a multi-culture society each with its own unique musical culture. It has produced many talented musicians over the years but sadly only a few have managed to reach international status. Many of these talented musicians who have shown great potential at their early age were unable to excel because of lack of adequate facilities, support and encouragement. For many of those who have managed to obtain higher level of music education abroad and subsequently returned to Malaysia, they were compelled to settle down as private music teachers in order to survive. Music is no longer their priority. Their priority is now focusing on surviving.

How can Malaysia progress under these circumstances? How can we get out of the bottom of the ladder?

The answer to those questions is Malaysia needs to review its policy regarding music education. Malaysia should actively promote and encourage music education and to provide adequate facilities, support and encouragement to students who have taken up music education as an additional subject. We need:
1. to expand music education to schools and other educational institutions;
2. to educate parents and would be parents about the importance and benefits of music education;
3. to create and maintain a standard code of ethic among music educators;
4. to participate in global music education activities;
5. to give and receive global assistance in musical activities;
6. to support and create a better learning environment for our young musicians;
7. to create a platform and opportunities for young musicians to compete and perform;
8. to provide counseling facility to young musicians in relation to music and music education matters;

2. THE PROGRAM

The program is named “Bringing Music To School”.
The program encourages and assists schools to promote music education as an extra curriculum. Initially music classes in string instruments and percussions will be introduced.

String instruments include violin, viola, cello and double bass. Percussions include tuned percussion, un-tuned percussion and auxiliary percussion.
Both string instruments and percussions are the ideal musical instruments to introduce to junior school’s students because of the following reasons:

• They are easy to learn
• They are popular
• They can be learn at younger age (from grade one for example)
• They can be taught in group
• They are relatively inexpensive compare to brass and wind instruments

Lessons will be conducted at school and in group of 10 – 12 students. Schedules for the lessons are to be determined by the school and the music educator.

For ease of administering the program, it is recommended that the total size of the music classes be no greater than 60 students. Lessons will be conducted on a weekly basis and in group.

3. METHOD OF FUNDING

To facilitate the school to commence the music program, we have developed three methods of funding for the music program. They are:

• Outright purchase
• Rent & Buy
• Rent

(1) Outright Purchase

The School, or sponsor(s), purchases the instruments outright. The instruments are then lent to students either free of charge or at a nominal fee.
Alternatively, the parents would be asked to purchase the instruments for the student.

(2) Rent & Buy

Under “Rent & Buy”, the school enters into an agreement to rent the instruments from House of Violins at agreed rates over an agreed period (normally over 12 – 24 months).

The instruments are then lent to the students at the same agreed rates or at slightly higher rates to cover administrative costs. The school is responsible for the administration and collection of the monthly rental.
At the end of the agreed period, the school automatically becomes the owner of those instruments.

Once the ownership of the instruments passed to the school, all rental income from there on are income to the school and can be use for further expansion of the music program.

(3) Rent

The parents rent the instruments from a private enterprise. The private enterprise will be responsible for the administration and collection of rental from the parents.

4. COST OF INVESTMENT – STRING ORCHESTRA

The cost of investment depends on the size of the orchestra. To form a 60 to 80 pieces junior orchestra we need:
Violin 40 – 50 players
Viola 10 – 14 players
Cello 8 – 12 players
Double Bass 2 – 4 players

For ease of control and administration, it is recommended that the school start with sixty players comprising the followings:

1st violin 20 players Cost of instruments RM5,800

2nd violin 20 players Cost of instruments RM5,800

1st Viola 6 players Cost of instruments RM1,920

2nd Viola 6 players Cost of instruments RM1,920

1st cello 6 players Cost of instruments RM8,970

2nd cello 4 players Cost of instruments RM5,980

Double Bas 2 players Cost of instruments RM9,600

Sheet music & accessories Cost of instruments RM10,010

Based on 60 players, the total initial investment is approximately RM50,000. Of course, under our program, the total initial investment will be funded by parents or sponsors.

Some schools that have fewer students can choose to form a smaller orchestra with around 30 to 40 players or an ensemble with less than 20 players.

5. COSTS OF INVESTMENT – PERCUSSION

The cost of investment for a percussion group is considerably higher than the string orchestra. This is because instruments such as timpani and other tuned percussion instruments are very expensive.
Percussion instruments comprise of the following:

1 Tuned percussion
2 Untuned percussion
3 Auxiliary percussion
4 Latin/Afro-Caribbean percussion

6. RECOVERY OF COSTS OF INVESTMENT

Under the “Rent & Buy” plan, recovery of total investment outlays is expected within two years, assuming the rental income is tax free. From there on, all rentals are additional revenue to the school and can be used for further expansion of the strings orchestra or other useful purposes.

7. RENTAL

It is up to the school to set the rental rates. We recommend that monthly rents for the instruments be kept low so as to attract students to the program. The following is an example:

Example One ExampleTwo
Violin RM20 – RM30 RM25 – RM35 Viola RM25 – RM35 RM25 – RM40
Cello RM130 – RM150 RM140 – RM160
Double Bass RM200 RM250

It may be necessary for the school to increase the monthly rent on violin and viola in order to subsidize the cost of the larger instruments, such as example two above.

Consideration should also be given to the school purchasing the larger instruments such as cello and double bass and then rent it out at a lower rate so to attract students to play the instruments.

8. LESSON FEE

Group lessons will be conducted at school at a fee of RM45 – RM65 per month for each player depending on the location of the school and the size of participants in the program.

Weekly one hour classes will be conducted at school either an hour before school for the afternoon classes or after school for the morning school, or at other time nominated by the school.

9. STRING ORCHESTRA

In addition to providing group lessons for the various instruments, we also provide the technical skill and support to form a string orchestra for the school.

10. QUALIFIED TEACHERS/TRAINERS

Our teachers are overseas qualified string major musicians. They have extensive teaching experiences and are capable of conducting a string orchestra.


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