Meet Grace Tan, the Guzheng teacher. Not only is she an enthusiastic teacher who always makes lessons fun for her students, but she’s also incredibly patient. Struggling with a difficult technique? No problem! Grace will work with you until you’ve got it down. Plus, she can conduct lessons in both English and Mandarin, making her the perfect teacher for students of all backgrounds. So come sign up for a lesson with her and she’ll have you playing the Guzheng in no time!
Grace has been interested in music from a very young age, starting her journey with the piano at just three years old. When she was 13, she discovered the Guzheng when she joined the Paya Lebar Methodist Girls School (Secondary)’s Guzheng Ensemble and began studying the instrument under Mr Thum Soon. She continued her studies in Artstratosphere Music School, showing great talent and dedication to the instrument.
At the age of 17, Grace enrolled in the Diploma in Music Teaching program at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), studying under the Ministry Of Education (MOE) Teaching Scholarship. She received her Grade 9 in Guzheng under the tutelage of Mdm Yin Qun and went on to graduate with a Diploma in Music Teaching from NAFA in 2015 and a Diploma in Music Education from the National Institute of Education in 2016. Currently, Grace is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music Interdisciplinary Studies at Berklee College of Music.
Grace is a talented musician who has been involved in a variety of performances and organisations throughout her career. In 2014, she joined the Chengsan Chinese Orchestra as their Guzheng and Zhongruan player and participated in numerous performances, including Esplanade’s Beautiful Sunday, a special event at the Istana where President Tony Tan was the guest of honor. She also joined the Singapore Foochow Association Chinese Orchestra, performing a solo Guzheng concerto called “The Eternal Sorrow of Lin An” during their debut gala concert.
In addition to her work with these orchestras, Grace has also had the opportunity to participate in the National Arts Council National Chinese Music Competition as a guest musician with the Jing Ying Chamber Chinese Orchestra, earning a 3rd prize in the Chamber Category. She has also had the opportunity to perform overseas, including a concert and masterclass with the Singapore Tzu Chi Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia and a performance with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.