The Mapletree-TENG Academy Scholarship aims to provide financial support for the musical education of individuals aged 21 and below, who are passionate about Chinese music.
“My music goal is to achieve distinction at every exam and achieve the Certificate In Professional Performance for the Erhu within the next three years as well as perform in community concerts,” says Brian Chow Joon Hong from Radin Mas Primary School. Though only 12, Brian is filled with the ambition of wanting to preserve the Chinese music culture that is gradually being eroded. As a holder of The Mapletree-TENG Academy scholarship 2019, he and three other scholars; Fong Yu Jie (10, Maha Bodhi School), Leow Hua Xi (8, Punggol Primary School) and Ryan Lim Ming Zheng (17, Temasek Polytechnic), form a new generation of young Singaporeans committed to bring their passion for Chinese music to the next level.
The Mapletree-TENG Academy Scholarship
The Mapletree-TENG Academy Scholarship is an ongoing partnership between Mapletree Investments and The TENG Company’s educational division, The TENG Academy. In its second year, the programme aims to provide financial support for the musical education of individuals aged 21 and below, who are passionate about Chinese music. Each scholarship has a tenure of two years and is valued at $10,000.
Mr Edmund Cheng, Mapletree Chairman says, “We are heartened to see the inaugural batch of four Mapletree-TENG Academy scholars progressing well as they shared the stage at The TENG Ensemble’s public performance in February this year. With arts and education as two of the four pillars of Mapletree’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, we are happy to continue our support for the Mapletree-TENG Academy Scholarships. We look forward to see the new batch of scholars develop their skills and passion for Chinese music under the tutelage of established music educators and practitioners, to benefit the community.”
Bridging Inequality through Music
Making music more accessible to the masses can also be a catalyst for social change. The Mapletree-TENG Academy scholarship is uniquely one of the few in Singapore that provides support in learning Chinese traditional music.
“The TENG Academy hopes to bridge a gap in our society. We have come across many individuals who are extremely talented, but were unable to pursue their passion due to financial difficulties,” states Mr Yang Ji Wei, Executive Director of TENG. “We hope that by offering this scholarship programme, it will open up possibilities and provide for, what could be a life-changing opportunity to them. We hope that our scholars will be inspired to give back to our society with the musical skills they have attained through the programme.”
The curriculum will help Brian to improve on his Erhu playing. Under the scholarship, all scholarship recipients will take music theory lessons with professional renowned instructors under The TENG Academy. They will go through music examinations. They will also be encouraged to participate in competitions and involved in the community outreach programme, TENG Gives Back, where musicians from The TENG Ensemble perform at homes, dialysis centres, hospitals and hospices. With guidance and more performance opportunities, Brian aspires to hone his skills and eventually pay-it-forward by teaching youths with strong interests in the instrument.
Besides technical skills and music competency, scholars have to demonstrate that they are committed to the journey of practice and training. “The most important attribute we look for in a scholar is passion, followed by music potential, as that is really the key to drive them along the long journey of becoming excellent musicians,” says Dr Samuel Wong, Creative Director of TENG.
The inaugural batch of Mapletree-TENG Academy scholars were selected in May 2018 and they were Lu Jietao (17, Victoria Junior College), Chan Keng Sing (21, currently serving National Service), Chua Yee Ting, (12, Qifa Primary School), and Kee Teng Hwee (19, ITE College West).
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