Ritmo Music Family
Who are we and why do we do what we do?
Ritmo Music Studio is founded with a vision to provide accessible and enjoyable music programs for ALL AGES and walks of life!
With a specially curated team of instructors who are active performers and entertainers in the industry, we help you to discover your musical potential and will nurture you to become a performance-ready star through our relevant and up-to-date curriculum.
Let us help discover the music in you!
Provide a fun, encouraging environment where people of all abilities and ages can come together to play music as a community
Promote the movement of mental wellness through music
Support and empower our students to enjoy learning music and reach their full potential
We welcome people of all abilities and ages
Build social awareness of mental wellness through music
To give back with active participation and performances in community events
Meet our teachers!
ABOUT OUR FOUNDER:
Jennifer has over 20 years of teaching experiences on drums & percussion, from kindergarden to teenagers, working adults to elderly. She also conducts training for corporate performance, holistic & wellness music programs. She is a MOE-certified, AMIS & AEP music instructor and is also trained to conduct musical activities for early childhood, special needs & seniors.
Jennifer has conducted various percussion courses, including creative percussion, stomp percussion, cajon, African drumming, music technology. She is also a peripatetic music teacher at the international schools. She teaches percussion section in various primary & secondary schools on an ad hoc basis.
She believes that everyone can play drums or percussion, regardless of age, gender or disability. We are born with rhythms within ourselves and as babies, we naturally wants to bang on things and play some rhythms.
She obtained her Associate of Arts in Music Performance (Drums) from Los Angeles Music Academy in 2010 studying under Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro and many top sessionists in California. Other music qualifications include ABRSM Grade 6 Music Theory (Merit) & ABRSM Grade 8 Practical in Percussion.
Passionate about giving back & building an inclusive society, she has conducted music wellness programs for at-risk youth, dementia patients, various Senior Activity Centres & Senior Citizen Home. In 2012, Jennifer has trained Member of Parliament, Dr Maliki on drumset for Siglap CC National Day Dinner. She was also an instructor for the 1st Community Drumming for National Day Celebrations in Tampines in 2005.
Jennifer is also a regular performer, playing weekly at Red Dot Brewhouse & Lau Pa Sat, performing occasionally at events, various bars & pubs such as Red Lantern, Route 65, Hero's, Warehouse, Timbre, Switch, Crazy Elephant, McGettigans, Sand Bar, Union Square. She has performed in musicals, played for international artistes and shows in Esplanades and various halls and art centers.
While based in California, Jennifer has worked with various singer/songwriters gigging around California. She played drums and sang on Enjoy The View album of indie rock band, Chachi, and toured with them to San Francisco thrice. In 2009, Jennifer played percussion and sang background vocals with the New York-based band, Skyebat, which won the Best Original Song in Feel Good Film Festival 2009. She has also performed in a theatre production as a blues band drummer in an eight-week docu-play, How Katrina Plays, at the Write Act Repertory Theatre, Hollywood. In 2008, she performed on african percussion with Best World Music Artiste, Nitza, as the opening act for Hollywood Music Awards.
We have a specially curated selection of music teachers with many years of teaching and practical experience. Our teachers are active performers in the industry - They will be able to give practical advices to bring out your musical potential!
Helga is a professional vocal coach & singer from Ukraine who has been teaching since 2017.
Her experience includes working with students of all ages from preschool children to adults. She has developed her unique method of teaching different individuals.
Helga designs personalised lessons to nurture the student's talent based on their level of skill and knowledge. She strongly believes that vocal lessons not only improves singing, but also corrects speech defects, increases self-confidence, and overcomes complexes. Her lessons incorporate speech training as well.
Helga has been performing since 2010, gigging at bars and pubs and events in Ukraine, China and now Singapore. She is able to sing in English, Chinese, Cantonese, Hokkien, Russian and Ukranian.
ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC GUITAR, UKULELE
Kelvin is a passionate and experienced guitarist with several years of experience in teaching and performing. He is currently pursuing his degree in Jazz music after obtaining his diploma in Contemporary Music in 2020.
Kelvin picked up the guitar basics during his childhood, self-taught during his teenage years and continued with formal guitar lessons thereafter. He is able to approach his teaching from different angles, providing flexibility and understanding from his students' point of view.
Prior to the pandemic, he was gigging regularly in bilingual bars and pubs, performing english and mandarin songs live with his band as well as a substitute musician.
With over 20 years of teaching experience in piano & keyboard, Jean is a patient educator who believes in creating a conducive & fun learning environment. She gets her motivation and satisfaction from seeing her students' progress and continuously producing better results. She also has a Diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Education.
Since she was 6 years old, Jean's interest in music was apparent and she pursued piano with a passion. She had a great mentorship and training under Victor Doggett, renowned for producing successful musicians. Now it's her turn producing students with distinctions and merits.
With her soft and gentle approach, kids love to be taught by her. In preparation for exams, she also ensures the emphasis is on foundations, techniques and focus.
ARIELA KOH (YY)
PERCUSSION, DRUMS, KIDS PROGRAMMES
Ariela is an early childhood specialist and a MOE-IRS instructor, teaching the cajon, drums and percussion instruments in Singapore since 2014. She enjoys nurturing her student’s love for music and invoking the passion of music making, as well as having a greater understanding of themselves. She has also gone through training in teaching Orff Approach in music for Early Childhood.
Captivated by beats and grooves, Ariela is an active performer who has been playing percussion since she was 8 years old. At the age of 21, she gained exposure to a wider genre of music, playing in church and with acoustic bands for private events and celebrations. She aims to spread the joy of music to the people around her.
JJ has a vast experience in teaching and performing for over 10 years.
He is able to help his students achieve their musical goals & perform to their best abilities.
ACOUSTIC GUITAR, UKULELE
David is an acoustic guitarist who has been actively performing and teaching since 2007. He has performed with notable music groups and individuals such as The TENG Ensemble and Ms. Regine Han (LGF), for numerous dignitaries and events such as the Princess Wangchuck of Bhutan, ESM Goh Chok Tong, the South African National Day Celebration in Singapore (2015) and the Oil and Gas Council Asia-Pacific Assembly 2015.
His style of playing is often described by fellow musicians as "percussive", "unique", or "one-man band", and encompasses a wide range of musical influences, from pop, to classic rock, and swing.
To date, David has worked with NUS CAC VOICES, M5 Royal Music, Esprimere, SIM Guitar Club, various music projects in MOE schools & NGOs around Singapore, The TENG Ensemble, The QI Ensemble, LWSSOM, Starker, Pietro Ristorante Italiano, Blisshouse, Whisk and Paddle, Rocku, Club Illusion, Regine Han, and many more.
ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC GUITAR, UKULELE
An ABRSM-qualified music educator with years of teaching experience, Ronald is equipped to teach Trinity Rock & Pop Grades 1-8 exams in Guitar. He also teaches students about basic music theory, and how to play English and Mandarin pop/rock songs, with his self prepared music scores, chord charts and lyrics.
As an Ukulele Instructor, he teaches basic chords, strumming instructions & simple pop songs. He hopes to impart to others what he have learnt, and is driven to instil a sense of passion and creativity in music.
ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC / BASS GUITAR,
UKULELE, SING & PLAY
Joel is an experienced musician, with expertise in rock, pop and jazz, as well as the ability to play many different instruments. He has also performed at many places including Timbre, Shuffle, Acid Bar and Sandbar & Flame at Sentosa.
Apart from his teaching here, he has also taught guitar at various music schools, designed and taught guitar courses for the SMU Arts and Cultural Fraternity.He was also the assistant musical director for Paul, The Musical in 2009, when he led a team of 12 musicians for 4 performances to an audience of 2,000 at the University Cultural Centre (UCC).