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My Methods (2)

Every child is different; no two children will react in exactly the same way to an identical stimulus. Although there are certain fundamental guidelines one can refer to when teaching the violin in the context of the human physiological structure, no two person would move the same finger using the exact same grouping of muscle. I have a natural, intuitive predisposition to detect the differences between children and would steer the child in the direction of the most natural use of her/his hands.

After years of teaching, I have arrived at the realization that the movements of an individual are akin to that of a automobile gear-box. A student must be taught the gear to engage when negotiating a specific musical phrase. There are the right gears which would naturally lead to good playing and wrong gears which translate into bad sounds. Aside from the child not practicing, it would not be fair to construe bad playing as lack of talent.

I have also learnt the inefficiency of posing challenges of higher difficulty than a child’s ability to perform, or vice versa. The former would lead to discouragement and loss of interest while the latter would culture a loss of interest due to complacency.

A natural rapport between student and teacher must be cultivated, and a relationship established. This is healthy both for the teacher and the student, and the child would be much more disposed to cooperate. I would always attempt to foster an environment of amicability with all my students and the result can be seen in their eagerness to come for lessons.

If the above is rigourously adhered to, the student will achieve a grade 8 certificate within a maximum of 5 years

 

My Philosophy

Always master specific techniques early when the music is easy and assimilate those technique into a wholesome,natural way of playing. If you make good playing a habit,you can only play well.

Tesimonials:

"I start learning Violin from Yeo since 25. It seems to be a common sense that violin can only be learned from childhood. When comes to my age, it should be very, very difficult.

I've even thought that I could only be able to play open string for the first 2 years.

But it's very lucky that my first teacher is Yeo.

Yeo has a very special technique as he described on his website --- turn every movement, every muscle correct "only from careful words". Yeo's lesson is different, but efficient.

From the first lesson, I could play without much noise. I can't imagine that I could play twinkle star just from the first lesson.

Many people, including me, thinks that one could play violin well 'if they practice more and more(by time)'. It's half correct. If you practice on the correct status, practicing more is good. But if you practice on a wrong status, it'll only harm you and you must spend twice or triple time to make it correct. Some bad habits, once got into, you'll never have a chance to correct. It's more important to NOT getting into bad habits.

 

 

On Yeo's lesson, I'll only play for about 15 minutes, and talk for the reset 40 minutes. By talking, Yeo could see the root reason why I didn't play well, physically, and mentally. Yeo will use careful words to guide you to catch the correct felling while playing violin. Then I go back and practice according to the instructions he gave me.

Yeo is more than a MUSIC teacher, not only VIOLIN teacher.

He'll guide you how to listen to music, what affection does the music express, what's the emotion does the player while playing. You can't imagine the rhythm of breathing will affect the sound greately.

MUSIC comes from heart, then comes from hand. Yeo is the one who can teach you from your heart. He is a genius


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