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About

Founded in 2005, Opus 3 has been providing music education and workshops for students as young as 2 years old to adults. Opus believes that “Every Individual is Different and Special in His Own Way”, thus we provide a fun and friendly yet effective environment that encourages active learning through methods that stimulate the child. Through our music & art courses, we hope to nurture our students to be able to appreciate and enjoy the arts.

Opus 3 is a recognized appointed Exam centre for ABRSM exams and LCM exams

Courses

Our music courses are conducted either individually or in groups. Students may opt to sit for Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM), London College of Music (LCM), Trinity College of Music (TCL) or Rockschool examinations or to just learn for leisure and relaxation.

Besides their regular weekly lessons, our students will also have the opportunity to participate in our quarterly Ensemble & Musicianship Programme (EMP) whereby our students are exposed to solo / ensemble performance experiences, Music General Knowledge, Aural Skills, Improvisation & Techniques, Rhythmic Awareness, Musical Games and many more to enhance their competence in artistry.

Annual concerts are organised and performed by the students, giving parents a chance to hear the results of their little ones' hard work, and also giving the students a platform to practice their performance, an aspect of learning a musical instrument that is often overlooked. The more often a player performs, the more natural he becomes, thus making him more confidence in later life.

Founder

 
Mrs Helen Ong has a vast music teaching experience, having taught music for more than 30 years – In her own school as well as in Yamaha Music School & Raffles Girls’ Secondary School. She was formerly the Music Director and Music Arranger of the Singapore Handbell Choir and Music Arranger for the Asean Youth Music Workshop (National University of Singapore).

Besides holding several Piano Teaching & Piano Performance Diplomas from London colleges like the Trinity College of Music, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music & the Guildhall Schools of Music, she also plays the organ, trumpet and violin. She is also a qualified Choral Conductor, Band Instructor, Pop Piano Instructor and Music Mind Games (U.S.) facilitator, and trained Suzuki piano instructor. She is also trained in Brisbane, Australia in Orff Schulwerk Music & Movement, and was twice the recipient of the Distinguished Award winner of the Singapore Brass and Woodwind Festival.

Her music experience also includes the writing of the music syllabus of various music schools, judge and examiner for various music school’s music competition and music exams. She also writes her own books: ‘Opus 3 Music Keyboard For Kids’, Books 1 and 2, ‘Opus 3 Music Keyboard For Adults’, ‘Fun With Harmony Books 1 and 2, and ‘Fun On The Keyboard For Teenagers’. She is currently working on a new book, ‘Fun With Orchestration’.

A late beginner (started trumpet and piano education at age of 13 and 14 respectively); she believes that the road to success is never one’s age but one’s passion. At 15, she was offered a trumpet scholarship to Japan by the late Mr. K.B. Yio, (founder of Yamaha Music School, Singapore) and at 16, she was invited by Mr. John Railton to study under him at the Royal Schools of Music, a scholarship which she rejected because of family commitments. Mrs. Ong has been featured and interviewed in the Kowloon Magazine, Hong Kong.

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