Curriculum

The Blu Energy approach to music is about creating a comfortable and enriching learning space that is fun and engaging for each student.

With customisable curriculums adapted from well-known music educators, individuals of all ages and capacities are exposed to teaching methodologies designed to enrich cognitive skills, enhance spatial awareness and improve personal expression.

Blu Energy Music has developed 3 types of music education techniques

Using physical props such as flash cards and videos stimulates learning. Introducing art in relation to music also makes music “visual”, which is useful
for more visually stimulated learners.

Including songs, rhymes and stories in music class adds to the fun of learning technicalities and theories. These create mental associations that assist learning and strengthen memory functions.

Jumping, rhythmic patterns and clapping are movements that are paired with music lessons to help students develop their sense of rhythm, which is crucial for playing instruments.

Courses Available

Foundation Programme

For students interested in learning instruments

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Artiste Programme

For students looking to venture into the arena of performing and/or recording music

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Pairing Teaching with Technology

At Blu Energy, an ideal curriculum for each student is structured with the help of dedicated teachers, a team of in-house consultants in psychology, and our exclusive Biofeedback Analysis.

Biofeedback Analysis refers to a non-intrusive measurement of brain activity to chart patterns of neurological response during music training. With this technology, we are able to better understand an individual’s optimum learning style and modify our teaching methods accordingly.

To find out more about Biofeedback Analysis, please visit www.eeginfo.com

Culture

Blu Energy Music makes music available to all ages, learning abilities and financial stratum. We strongly believe that music is non-discriminatory and as a universal language, should be shared with every willing individual.

On the financial front, Blu Energy extends its “music lessons for everyone” philosophy beyond customised curriculum to financial assistance for students with special needs or disabilities.

For more information on our subsidies, please contact us directly.

Core Values

At Blu Energy Music, everyone has a chance to be a student of music. Music is a great way to BEGIN and enhance any learning journey. We BELIEVE in the power of music to make life more meaningful. We go BEYOND teaching an instrument to mentoring a student. Our ultimate goal is to help our students BECOME better people.

Collaborations

Blu Energy Music welcomes professional musicians to collaborate with our team.

If you’re a professional musician, join us as any one of the following:

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Musician for events
  • Teacher
  • Adjunct teacher

If you have an event in need of musical entertainment, we would love to work with you to create a magical performance with the help of our most talented musicians.

Let’s work together

 

We are always on the lookout for opportunities to raise awareness for students with learning difficulties and giving all our aspiring students a chance to showcase their abilities on stage. We would love to collaborate with people who share our beliefs and wish to support our cause.

Let’s make a difference

Ivan’s musical journey began on the piano at the age of six, which eventually led him to pursue formal   music studies and a career in music performance and instruction.

Ivan Tan

A strong advocate for the power of  music and the effect it has on cognitive ability, he believes that music served as an important source of enrichment to his academic learning.

After his studies at LASALLE College of the Arts, Ivan kick-started his career as a musician by teaching  music as well as performing at weddings, hotels and public events, including the National Library’s grand opening. While presenting his Brazilian Jazz style composition and contemporary music at the Esplanade Library, Ivan was spotted by a publisher and offered a contract for his composition work.

Ivan is currently an adjunct music teacher at a renowned international school in Singapore. This is his second stint as musical specialist after a previous appointment at an IB-certified global preschool.

In the area of Early Childhood education, Ivan has been teaching children at various establishments such as Children’s Cottage, Learning Horizon and PAT’s School House since 1999. In 2011, he was invited by an Early Childhood lecturer to share his experience in the field at a forum hosted by SEED Institute.

 

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Matthias teaches the special music programme at Blu Energy Music.

Matthias Ong

With experience in psychology and a background in music, specifically the piano, he helps to design an optimised teaching approach for each student and is trained in Biofeedback Analysis. Matthias’ music background includes Staff Sergeant in the Symphonic Band and three years in a hand chimes choir. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree of Social Sciences in Psychology from the National University of Singapore.

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Born into a family of musicians in Havana, Cuban musician Pablo Calzado Morales started his career in drumming and percussion at the age of 15.

Pablo Calzado Moraeles

His professional career has taken him from Latin America to Asia, his latest venture bringing him to Blu Energy Music to teach as well as hold percussion master classes as its in-house trainer.

Pablo has lived in Singapore since 2008, working as a full-time drummer and later becoming an independent artiste at various festivals and events such as the Singapore River Festival, Mosaic Music Festival and Lion King the Musical. He has also been teaching music at various institutions since 2003, from pre-schools to secondary schools. His “rhythm by using percussion instruments” workshops at Blu Energy Music are open to teachers and students alike.

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Nicholas trains in-house at Blu Energy, specifically in music composition and piano mastery.

Nicholas Lim

A music arrangement and film composition graduate from the Grove School of Music, Los Angeles, Nicholas worked in local TV station MediaCorp from 1990-1998 as their in-house composer. He has written numerous theme songs for MediaCorp productions, including two hit sitcoms – “Under One Roof” and “Phua Chu Kang”. Over the years, Nicholas has played for famous musicians such as Shirley Bassey, Barry Manilow and the Supremes during their performances in Singapore, even featuring as the pianist in the recordings of local artistes like Mark Chan, Dick Lee and Claressa Monteiro.

Backed by a wealth of experience, Nicholas also teaches the piano at Blu Energy Music.

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Deeply passionate about sharing his love for music, Qi Xian teaches and performs with Blu Energy.

Chua Qi Xian

Having pursued music alongside his regular education in local institutions since he was young, Chua Qi Xian decided at age 21 to devote his tertiary studies to piano performance, studying under the late Ong Lip Tat. Giving up a scholarship from the University of Edinburg to further his studies in biomedical science, he now holds a Diploma from Singapore Raffles Musical College.

Currently working towards a Foundation Degree in Piano Performance from West London Music College, Qi Xian regularly takes part in both piano and vocal performances. To date, he has worked as the piano accompanist for the “Ya Ge” ensemble and performed twice at concerts held in Muar, Johor. He was also part of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers live soundtrack performance in Singapore, singing with the Vocal Associates Festival Chorus.

Teaching at both Midimusic and Blu Energy Music, Qi Xian constantly infuses his piano lessons with historical information on the background of performance, style and culture.

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Foundation Programme

Discover your voice in the soundtrack of life through the power of a universal language.

Foundation l

Under 22 years old

With or without basic understanding of instrument

COORDINATION | BASIC MUSIC LITERACY| PITCH | PULSE | RHYTHM

Foundation ll

22 years old and above

Must have at least an intermediate understanding of instrument

CLASSICAL | JAZZ | POP | PERFORMANCE

Adagio Foundation

Under 31 years old
with special needs or disabilities

With or without basic understanding of instrument

CUSTOMISED CURRICULUM ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS WITH OPTIONAL BIOFEEDBACK ANALYSIS

Register now and receive a free assessment of your level of musicality and ideal learning style.

Music Classes

*External grading is available for students learning these instruments

Interested in becoming a Blu Energy Artiste?

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Artiste Programme

Find your perfect expression of self in the making of great sound.

Artiste I

Under 22 years old

A minimum of 12 months with 85% attendance rate

Artiste II

22 years old and above

A minimum of 6 months with 85% attendance rate

Artiste III

Under 31 years old
with special needs or disabilities

A minimum of
12 months with 85%
attendance rate



Paths to choose from

Performance Artiste

Performing at recitals/events organised by Blu Energy Music

Recording Artiste

Recording and production of an album with the help of Blu Energy Music

Social Artiste

Assisting in fund-raising/awareness-raising efforts for students with special needs or disabilities

Register and receive a free assessment to determine which route you should enroll in and the type of training you will receive.

Interested in becoming a learning music?

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Biofeedback Therapy

The brain is a marvelous, complicated organ responsible for our actions daily. It talks using electric signals transferred via neurons, also known as brain waves. Different brain waves correspond to different thoughts, such as daydreaming, focusing, and relaxing, as below.

What is Neurofeedback?

Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, is a non-drug treatment, and is a type of biofeedback. EEG is basically brain training, aiming to train the brain to regulate itself, to help the person trained understand when their brain is in the desired state. This non-invasive, evidence-based therapy retrains the brain waves. Eventually, the patient can control emotions, thought and regulate into desired brain states without being monitored.

How Does Neurofeedback Work?

The purpose of neurofeedback is to train specific brain waves in a certain way using positive and negative feedback. This feedback can be visual or audio. Training is done as part of a treatment plan, usually 30 to 40 sessions. Clients usually start to see results after 5 to 10 sessions.

Neurofeedback training has been offered in the clinical setting for decades, including Singapore’s National University Hospital. This form of biofeedback uses EEG technology to read the patient’s brain waves in real time and show visual or auditory feedback based on protocols determined by the neurofeedback professional. The training, or feedback, is done using games or videos, and over time the brain learns to control itself.

One common use of neurofeedback is as a therapy to treat brain disorders. The effectiveness of neurofeedback training on some disorders have been more thoroughly researched than others, but, in general, neurofeedback training has been found to be beneficial in treating a variety of different neurological disorders, together with medication or as a stand-alone treatment.

Disorders commonly treated include: ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, autism, and depression. It is also used to treat general symptoms such as memory problems, sleep problems and excessive stress.

Healthy individuals such as artists, athletes, musicians, and executives also use it to improve their performance and “stay on top of their game”. It has been shown to improve memory, promote better sleeping habits, reduce stress, and improve motor skills in healthy populations. This form of neurofeedback is known as peak performance training.

The science behind neurofeedback is that by training certain brain waves (frequencies), you can improve the brain’s functions – like thoughts, moods, and the ability to relax, or concentrate. Research has shown that specific neurological disorders correspond to too much or too little activity, measured using EEG, in certain areas of the brain.

In order to determine which brain waves need to be trained (to increase or decrease their activity) and in which area of the brain, a quantitative EEG assessment (qEEG) is often used. This assessment uses sensors on specific scalp locations to measure a person’s EEG activity and compares the results to a large database of other individuals in their age range. After identifying the brain waves and locations that are over- and under-stimulated, neurofeedback can be used to reduce or increase the specific brain waves. The instructions for neurofeedback training (which brain waves and locations to train) are called protocols. Neurofeedback protocols are determined by trained professionals according to patient symptom reports.

Any evidence that Neurofeedback Works?

The therapy was pioneered in the late 1950s and 1960s by two researchers: Dr. Joseph Kamiya at the University of Chicago and Dr. Barry Sterman at UCLA. Dr. Kamiya found that using a simple reward system people could control their brain waves. He trained people to achieve an alpha state by rewarding them with the sound of a bell. This was the first time real time feedback was given to humans based on their EEG monitoring – the first instance of neurofeedback training. In 1968, Dr. Kamiya published a paper with his findings in Psychology Today.

During the same period, Dr. Sterman found that cats in his lab could be trained to increase their brain waves at a certain frequency when rewarded with food. This frequency, which Dr. Sterman called Sensorimotor Rhythm (SMR), was between 12 and 15 Hz and is also known as Lo-Beta.

A few years later, Dr. Sterman was doing an experiment for NASA on whether rocket fuel caused seizures and he used the same cats as experiment subjects. During this study he found (to his surprise) that the cats who had undergone SMR training were significantly less likely to experience seizures than other cats. Dr. Sterman then applied this technique to humans suffering from epilepsy, where he found that 60% of the subjects were able to reduce their epileptic seizures by 20-100%, and that the results were long lasting.

In the 1970’s, Dr. Joel Lubar first began to run controlled studies applying neurofeedback training to children, adolescents, and adults to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Since then, a significant body of research on the efficacy of neurofeedback therapy for the treatment of ADHD has emerged, with many studies showing significant and long-term improvements after neurofeedback treatment.

Is my child suitable for Neurofeedback?

All patients are suitable for Neurofeedback in the hands of trained professionals. Our professionals will assess your child’s age and behaviour to determine the right neurofeedback protocols and intensity to use. This is personalised to your child and progress is tracked each session. Feedback from parents so far said their children enjoyed every neurofeedback session. There is an observable increase in attention span as well after a few sessions. You can get a free consultation and perhaps even a free trial with Mr Tan, our trained neurofeedback professional to see how effective neurofeedback will be for your child. Contact us for your complimentary no-obligations assessment today.


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The BE team is an eclectic mix of musicians, educators, psychology majors and performers. If our philosophy resonates with you, let’s help you start on the right note. 

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