Tan Poh Yok
Founder & Director
Bachelor in Early Childhood Studies (Honours)
Master in Education (Learning Support and Special Needs)
Poh Yok has been in the teaching profession for more than 30 years. She completed her teacher training in the area of primary school education in 1986. From 1986 to 1988, she taught teenagers and adult learners and was also involved in counseling troubled youths. She then joined the Early Childhood industry and attained a degree in Early Childhood Studies (Honours) and was on the Dean’s Honours List of the University of Melbourne. To further equip herself, Poh Yok went on to complete her Master in Education in the field of Learning Support and Special Needs from James Cook University.
In the past two years, Poh Yok expanded her interest and passion in working with young children to that of working with mothers and babies. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, awarded by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM).
From 1988 to 2006, she was the Principal of several pre-schools and was responsible for its management and operations as well as for the development of the curriculum and staff training. Poh Yok continued her passion in early childhood by being involved as the Curriculum Consultant to several pre-schools in Singapore, customizing developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum to suit the needs of individual centres as well as providing teacher training support to these centres.
Poh Yok has been involved in the training of pre-school teachers in Singapore and overseas for the past 20 years. She specializes in modules such as Classroom and Behaviour Management, Character Education and Special Needs. Poh Yok is also involved in conducting teacher and parent training workshops and seminars in Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia, setting up pre-schools in Indonesia and Cambodia and providing educational and curriculum consultancy services to organizations in Indonesia, Cambodia and China.
In recent years, Poh Yok started working with young parents and their babies, conducting infant massage and parenting classes to help them bond and interact with their babies and enjoy parenthood.
Poh Yok is also an Advocate for Anti-bullying policies and ventures. She is the Vice-President of the Coalition Against Bullying for Children and Youth (CABCY), Singapore. She has been involved in anti-bullying projects in schools such as conducting workshops for students, teachers and parent support groups as well as participating in school events to raise awareness and educate schools and the public on anti-bullying issues.
Music & Curriculum Specialist
Rebecca has enjoyed music as far as she can remember. Her first experience in group music lessons started at the age of 5. She was then singled out by her teacher for having the potential to learn at a faster pace. Rebecca started individual lessons thereafter and sat for her first ABRSM exam at 6 years of age. She believes early music education and passionate teachers were instrumental in building a good foundation in her musical journey, enabling her to grow as a music lover and musician.
Rebecca’s formal music training began in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) under the tutelage of Mr Timothy Ku. During which, she obtained her DipABRSM (Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music), and graduated with a Diploma with Distinction. She then trained to be a Secondary School Music teacher at the National Institute of Education. Having gained some work experience in Secondary schools, she decided to further her studies and was offered a place in reputable schools such as the Royal College of Music and Birmingham Conservatoire in UK. She graduated with a Bachelor of Piano Performance with First Class Honours from Birmingham Conservatoire, having studied with renowned pianists Mark Bebbington and David Quigley.
As a performer, Rebecca’s experiences include NAFA’s concerts such as “All about Piano”, “An Afternoon with 19th Century Music” and masterclass with Geoffrey Saba. She has also performed with the NUS piano ensemble and was a guest pianist in the Esplanade Recital Studio. In Birmingham Conservatoire, Rebecca was selected by her tutor to perform in the Lunchtime Performance Series and English Music Festival.
As an accompanist and chamber musician, Rebecca actively does piano accompaniment for ABRSM examinations, competitions, auditions, MEP exams and vocal performances. She also plays for weddings and gigs with chamber ensembles. Rebecca was the piano accompanist for the arts programme “KnockOut” on Okto, where she worked with artists Sheikh Haikel and Annabelle Francis, and vocalist William Lim. She was also invited by Singapore Lyric Opera to be their accompanist.
As a church musician, Rebecca has played regularly for worship services since the age of 9. She has also been playing the organ for church since the age of 15. In addition to that, Rebecca has been the accompanist for the church choir in the past 5 years. She attributes her proficient improvisation and sight-reading skills to her experiences in playing for church since young.
As a teacher, Rebecca has taught the General Music Programme in Secondary School where she developed the curriculum in keyboard skills for the school. She also taught ‘O’ Level Music and designed and delivered the various components of the programme such as Music History, Music Analysis, Composition, and World Music. The cohort she taught achieved outstanding results with at least 75% Distinctions and the lowest grade being B3.
Rebecca also does freelance piano teaching, and has taught students ranging from 5-22 years of age. She has a special interest in developing resources and activities for her lessons. One of her major projects in Birmingham Conservatoire was to create a series of music games which help learners to improve in note recognition, rhythm, and harmony. Her project was highly commended by her tutors, who indicated interest in marketing the products in the UK.
Early Childhood & Special Needs Specialist
Tabitha Tan holds a Master of Education (Early Childhood Education) from National Institute of Education, Singapore. She also holds a Bachelor of Education specialising in Special Education from Flinders University, Australia. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Tabitha is also a qualified preschool teacher, having obtained a Diploma with Merit in Early Childhood Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
In the early childhood industry since 2006, Tabitha is a practitioner of inclusive education. As a teacher in a mainstream school, she worked closely with parents of children with special needs and specialists to formulate individual education plans (IEP) and learning goals to cater to the children’s specific needs and integrate them into the regular classroom.
During her years of teaching, Tabitha was a finalist in the Ministry of Education-Association for Early Childhood Education Singapore (MOE-AECES) Outstanding Kindergarten Teacher Award in 2010. Her class projects were awarded the MOE-AECES Outstanding Kindergarten Innovation Award with Distinction in 2009 and Merit in 2010.
Following that, Tabitha was a Curriculum Consultant to several preschools from 2014 to 2016. She developed integrated curriculum packages for each school, and conducted teacher training for the implementation of the curriculum.
Having enjoyed singing from a young age, Tabitha was a lyricist and music coordinator for a musical production staged by the drama company in Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Tabitha continued her role as a music coordinator when she was a preschool teacher, training and preparing the children for the year-end musical concert. She also played the piano for school celebrations and daily assembly.
Tabitha has a special interest in early intervention and has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, Mild Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and speech and language impairment ranging from ages 3 to 12.
Hoylin started her music education at age 5. At 17, she was selected to join the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy (OMWPA) organised by concert pianist Bobby Chen. During the course, she was inspired by the tutors and fellow musicians and decided to focus her studies on music.
After obtaining distinction for both Diploma of the London College of Music (DipLCM) and Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL), she continued to pursue her music education at Birmingham Conservatoire. Over the four years, she studied diligently with renowned pianists Mark Bebbington and David Quigley and graduated with first class honours in 2017.
As a performer, Hoylin was actively involved in music festivals organised by the Conservatoire, e.g. French Festival, Schubert’s Festival and English Festival. She also enjoyed working with different instrumentalists and performing chamber music. At the Conservatoire, she accompanied soloists for recitals and concerto prizes.
Hoylin took an interest in music education and began to specialise in music pedagogy during her second year.
She was a teaching assistant at local schools in the UK and was responsible for devising musical activities for young children. She was also a member of Melody, an organisation dedicated to the promotion of instrumental teaching for people with special needs.
Lyn Fara Jafri
Lyn started playing the piano at the age of 9 years old. She passed with merit in the ABRSM Grade 8 piano examination in 2015. She is currently studying Classical piano performance at Lasalle College of the Arts under the tutelage of Mr. Arkaziusz Bialak.
Lyn actively participates in school piano concerts for both solo playing and duets. Other than playing as a soloist, she often accompanies various instruments for performance, competitions, and masterclasses. Lyn also plays the Trombone which she started playing in her Secondary school and she is currently a member of the Crescent Girls' School Alumni band and has also performed with multiple orchestras such as OMM.
Lyn is a music enthusiast and is motivated to develop her passion and enthusiasm towards music. Music has given her an incredible and interesting life filled with involvement, freedom, and purpose in her life. Hence, she hopes to share the same amount of passion she has for classical music with others.