If you or your children are looking for a place to learn and explore playing musical instruments such as the piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, drums or even any of the instruments in the woodwind family, L & J Conservatory of Music is just the perfect place for you.
L & J Conservatory of Music was established in 1978 with the sole purpose of providing an avenue of opportunity for anyone to learn and master the art of playing musical instruments regardless of age; much as, to elevate and to promote the standards of appreciation of classical, jazz and many other genre of music as a whole.
Even though music education had been proven to have much benefits to the overall development of a person, still, this field of proficiency has yet to play a paramount focus of importance in the Malaysia's education system. At such, we have established L & J Conservatory of Music to fill this void of the demands of people from all walks of life who are looking for a place that could begin their understanding and the mastery of various musical instruments or to take their forte to the next level.
In L & J Conservatory of Music, music courses are affordable for the majority of the Malaysians. All of our students are given individual attention during the class. Our classes are conducted by professionally trained and skilled music educationist, with most of them having decades of experience in the field of providing structured and systematic music education. Students will not only be taught how to play and master a specific musical instrument, while being familiar with the theories of music is part of the curriculum as well.
As a gauge of proficiency we do prepare our students on every year to be qualified for the examinations accredited by the examination boards of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), UK, the London College of Music, UK or the Trinity College, London.
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Lam Siu Chong
Principal & Founding Director
"The skills gained through sequential music instruction, including discipline and the ability to analyze, solve problems, communicate and work cooperatively, are vital for success in the 21st century workplace."
- U.S. House of Representatives, 2006
Sequential Music Instruction is not only hearing and enjoying music, but the ability to read, understand and to play musical instruments had been proven by many research foundations, either independent or government related, to have major benefits to the brain developments of both children and adults. Abreast with this finding, the result still proves to be more effective for children if a child begins formal music education in the early age.
What happens when a young child exposes to music and begins music education? Here are some of the compiled discoveries from both the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory of Northwestern University, Chicago and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, USA:
You may be asking, what makes music contribute to such immense improvement in personal development?
The answer is quite simple but relates complicatedly with many other subjects of the human body. When a person begins music education, a student will first be taught to read a music notes written in the manuscript score. On every time when a person plays music, he or she would have to identify first, the cleffs; second, key signatures; then the time signatures, tempo, rhythm and later notes and time interval one by one, etc. Amazingly, it will eventually cultivate as a discipline that helps to break down big problems into smaller pieces and handle them one by one.
Nature has made our mouth to be able to pronounce a word one by one when we read. However, when a person begins to read the music score and plays the piano for example, with both hands and all fingers working differently in harmony, it is like telling the brains to process and mouth to speak ten words at the very same time. Thus contributing to immense ability in reading and comprehension in due time.
Furthermore, there are many other factors of music education contributing to the building positive emotions of a person such as calmness, harmony, constructive responses, etc. These benefits mentioned are just a tip of the ice berg and it doesn't happen overnight. Music education requires long term study and discipline, consistency and persistency; it is these attributes that further mold a person to excel in many other areas of life.
Absolutely Not! When adults make the decision to learn a new skill, it is solely because they want to. There is no driving force telling them they have to. They rely on self-motivation as well as the desire to be a part of a community. This is where learning to play an instrument comes in. In addition to being part of a team of other musicians, the benefits of music education for adults includes improved quality of life by relieving stress and improving the brain's cognitive function.
Dr. Roy Ernst is the founder of the New Horizons International Music Association (NHIMA), which supports a number of organizations nationwide. These organizations provide music education for retired adults in group settings. "People make strong connections to life through music... most importantly, group music makes connections to other people. They are part of a team working towards goals," says Ernst. He points out that the people who participate make new friends who share a common interest, and that socialization is an important aspect of good physical and mental health.
Stress plays a big part on both physical and mental health. When it comes to making music, the intention is to engage in a recreational activity that makes you feel comfortable and relaxed, thus reducing the stress factor. In addition, learning notes and rhythm requires an individual's full attention., which improves concentration and cognitive skills. Dr Ernst states "Think of reading notes at perhaps four notes per second, with each note having many qualities such as pitch, duration, articulation, dynamics and context. Then, that all needs to be processed into motor skills. After all that, it still needs to become an artistic expression." That being said, it is stated on numerous pages of NHIMA's website that absolutely everyone has the ability to learn music, and that everyone has musical talent in them.
Piano is most probably the most widely known musical instrument that is played by the keyboard. Some classify piano as the king of classical musical instrument due to its wide usage, versatility, the skill required by the player and it is very much adopted as the foundational musical instrument for any music studies.
Violin is the smallest and the highest pitched among the string instrument family, which includes the viola, cello and the double bass. It only consists of 4 string altogether and is should be played with a bow. Students who learn the violin could have the opportunity to play together with other students in a chamber music group or in the orchestra.
Theory of Music is the ABCs of music and is absolutely paramount for any students of music to learn and master. It is essential as part of the learning protocol and forms a major subject of exam especially for the ABRSM syllabus. In L & J Conservatory of Music, theory of music is being taught as part of the class when a student takes up any of the musical instrument lessons, or it is being taught as a separate subject for serious scholars of music.
The Trinity College London’s ATCL Diploma in Music Performance is a hallmark of excellence for students who aspire to be classical music performers.
For decades, L & J had successfully prepared many students who are willing to embark on this wonderful journey in obtaining the Trinity College London’s ATCL and LTCL diploma certification in piano performance.
The Licentiate of Trinity College London a.k.a LTCL Diploma in Music Performance is an advanced music recital performance certification, which demands a greater level of musicianship, expertise, technically and endurance of the candidate.
Do note that interested students must already be proficient in piano playing and at least at the level of proficiency required by the ATCL standards before embarking on the LTCL prep course.
A slightly broader instrument as compared to the violin, viola produces a much tonner and medium pitch, which is quite in between the violin and the cello within the string instrument family. Students who learn the viola are masters in reading musical scores written in a very special clef which is called Alto. Students who learn the violin could have the opportunity to play together with other students in a chamber music group or in the orchestra.
Cello is part of the violin family and the second largest bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra, which is slightly smaller than the double bass. Being tuned in fifths, the Cello is categorized as a bass class instrument nicely fitted in between the viola and the double-bass. Cello could be used for solo performance, in a chamber ensemble, or in the symphony orchestra. The Cello is always being play in a seated position.
Double bass is by far the largest string instrument among the violin family. It produces a very firm tone of bass and no symphony orchestra is complete without it. Double bass is also known as contrabass, stand-up bass or upright bass. Its height is approximately 6 feet tall and requires the player to always remain in a standing position while playing this instrument. Double bass is not only used as part of the symphony orchestra but it is quite popular in jazz ensemble as well.
Guitar, a six-string instrument is a musical instrument that has never been foreign to the mass. The guitar is actually part of the chordophones family, which existence could be traced back to many thousands of years ago in ancient Central Asia and India. The word guitar was originally derived from the Old Persian Language word of "Tar", which means string in Persian.
Nevertheless, in L & J Conservatory of Music, we provide guitar courses of both classical and acoustic for students of all ages. Skills and mastery of guitar strung and plucking will be taught through the classes.
Instead of the gut string used for a guitar, the acoustic steel stringed guitar produces a
different sound profile as compared to the traditional classical guitar, largely used for
modern, contemporary songs for the secular pop-culture.
There are many interesting techniques in the approach to playing the steel stringed acoustic guitar, which makes it a popular choice of music learning in L & J.
Why not play music together? The students and teachers of L & J Conservatory of Music are proud contributors and supporters of the P.J. Philharmonic Orchestra (PJPO), which was established back in 1983. The orchestra is truly an avenue for anyone regardless of age and academy to participate in joined music playing and performance activities.
Students in L & J Conservatory of Music do not keep their talents to themselves. After all the years of learning and mastering the musical instrument of the student's desire, participating in an orchestra such as the PJPO not only allows much growth in musical maturity that broadens the student's horizon, it also provides much opportunities for all students of L & J Conservatory of Music to relax, social and to be really excited about doing something that is beyond ordinary school curriculum. The PJPO is where they could share what they have learned with one another.
PJPO is a registered non-profit society in Malaysia, which provides a non-discriminate and open opportunity for many of the young musicians, including the many of the students and teachers of L & J Conservatory of Music to learn or many of the wonderfully orchestrated music works of renown composers and to share the joy, social and growth of playing music as an orchestra together.
With PJPO, there is no excuse not to demonstrate and share what our students have learnt so much in closed doors.
Beginning from a simple vision Mr. Lam Siu Chong, the founding principal of L & J Conservatory of Music - to make opportunities for the young musicians from all walks of life to share the passion, appreciation and the understanding of classical music, the P.J Philharmonic Orchestra was founded back in the year 1983.
The humble orchestra was formed by just 10 young musicians, which majority of them were high school students and music enthusiasts from various age groups back then. With consistent commitment and perseverance of practice of these dedicated musicians, the first debut concert was held in a small auditorium of British Counsel in the year 1983. Since then, the orchestra gained traction in publicity and exposure; most importantly, it had created an avenue for many musicians across the region to share the joy of playing music together as one, nurturing, helping and spring boarding their musical skills and talents to the next level. The orchestra had performed not only for privately held concerts but also on many occasions for the needy and the charitable organizations.
Outside the local concert hall, the orchestra had the opportunity to be groomed by various renown guest conductors both locally and aboard. In the international scene, the orchestra had jointly performed with the Penang Symphony Orchestra, representing Malaysia in Japan and China as part of the cultural sharing initiative of both countries.
After three decades, the orchestra had now matured into a fully registered society of P.J. Philharmonic Orchestra, with more than 100 members in the orchestra, under the principal baton and leadership of Mr. Lam Siu Chong.
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The L & J's Student Performing Corner YouTube channel came about after the movement-controlled period, when Malaysia was battling with the Covid19 pandemic crisis in year 2021. Due to the rampant spread of the virus, it was inconvenient to hold any public concerts.
At such, the Student Performing Corner YouTube channel was initiated, making it a platform for students to share what they have learnt and achieved; leaving their footprints as young performers and preservers of the classical music.
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