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Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore continues to expand its interactive children’s programmes by partnering with Steinway Gallery Singapore, purveyors of the world’s finest piano, and locally-owned Staccato! Music for a first-of-its-kind offering in a hotel in Singapore. In line with its learn through play mantra, buds by Shangri-La will begin music appreciation classes under Symphony buds for children from one to six years old starting from 13 August 2019. Weekday classes will be open to hotel guests and the general public on an individual or 12-class series basis.


“We are excited to grow our children’s offerings with this exclusive partnership,” said Tane Picken, General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. “Symphony buds is a wonderful way for children to learn and explore the benefits of music in a vibrant and collaborative setting, enhancing the full suite of family experience at the hotel.”

Symphony buds comprises two classes. The Beethoven Toddler programme is designed to help toddlers between one and three years old recognise basic rhythm, pulse, tempo, pitch and instruments through a creative and unique introduction to classical music with exciting themes. Children will foster creativity, learn social skills, build their confidence and develop their motor skills in this interactive class.

Chopin Preschooler caters to children from three to six years old by helping them to recognise basic and complex rhythms, pulse and tempo, define articulations and other music terms, which will in turn enhance their imagination, cognitive, gross, fine motor and social skills.

Both classes will start at 10:00 a.m. on the weekdays (except public holidays) – Beethoven Toddler is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Chopin Preschooler classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Symphony buds is available at a promotional price of $50 per child, which includes a 45-minute class plus one hour play time at buds by Shangri-La. Subsequent sign-ups after 31 October 2019 will come with a $60 registration fee. For a comprehensive and enriching lesson plan, parents are encouraged to sign-up for the 12-class series for the little ones.

“Our programmes are based on extensive research I have conducted on developing accurate pitching abilities in young children,” explains Dr Lee Pei Ming, the founder of Staccato! Pte Ltd, who holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and specialises in early childhood music and movement program. “Research shows that the introduction of music at a young age has many benefits including early brain development and language enrichment.”

Led by Dr Lee and her team of qualified music teachers, the classes will be held at Stage, a music studio for young performers at buds by Shangri-La, featuring a Steinway Essex 108C piano from Steinway Gallery Singapore, an entry into the family of Steinway–designed pianos.

“Steinway & Sons is devoted to partnering with Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Staccato! Pte Ltd by providing the best instrument to support the musical development of children in this programme,” said Celine Goh, General Manager of Steinway Gallery Singapore. “A highquality piano will help to inspire the child, provide reinforcement of technique, and lead to greater progress.”

As part of the partnership, parents who purchase an Essex 108C piano (retailing at $8,800 with an option of a 24-month interest-free installment plan using DBS Credit Card) by Steinway & Sons will enjoy 24 complimentary Symphony buds lessons, which comes together with playtime at buds by Shangri-La.

To sign up for the classes, please email Staccato! Pte Ltd at info@staccato.com.sg or call +65 6466 9497. Payment has to be made via bank transfer or cheque before the commencement of the class.

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