About Melody Strings
“Man Lin De Si” is a Chinese wordplay on the name of our school, Melody Strings.
Man (蔓) represents a vine growing and stretching out, symbolising our mission of spreading the art of string music.
Lin (菻) is an archaic word that refers to the Eastern Roman Empire, which including what is now Italy. Since the violin family of musical instruments was first developed in Italy in the 16th century, Lin symnolises the origin of violin and string music.
De (德) represents moral excellence.
Si (思) represents thought, principles and philosophy.
Putting these four characters together shows that while we strive to spread the art of string music by nurturing and inspiring young musicians, we also inculcate moral excellence and grace through music education.
To spread the art of string music by nurturing generations of young musicians.
To nurture musical intelligence in learners with the focus of inculcating elegance and moral excellence through music.
Our philosophy is not merely the provision of sound instruction for technical mastery of one’s chosen string instrument, but through a rigorous study of performing music, to cultivate 5 essential abilities, namely:
In honing technical mastery during daily practice, one would need to read complex musical notations which involves the simultaneous comprehension of the notes, rhythm, bowing, and fingerings; this stretches one’s ability to observe and process information simultaneously.
From internalising instructions and comments given by our teachers during class, to comparing one’s playing with one’s classmates, this will cultivate an ability to identify erroneous elements in one’s performance and try to find an effective solution to correct it.
Putting in the hard work and receiving recognition from one’s teachers and peers, in addition to constantly playing for audiences, will help with having better control during the performance, and eventually build a good amount of self-confidence.
In the process of developing the 3 aforementioned abilities, self-confidence in one’s performance would allow a personal interpretation and expression of the music that gives rise to the creativity that comes with dynamic musicianship.
Through Group Lessons and Orchestra training, one begins to understand that only with cooperation can wonderful music be produced; a unified sound is only possible when musicians respond appropriately and in time to directions given.
In this way, a group of individual talents will be able to project a powerful performance cooperatively.
Cultivating these 5 abilities helps to refine one’s identity as a performer, and helps them develop holistically as an individual.