To facilitate the interaction and sharing of experiences between parents, Lambda has officially established the Lambda Parents' Circle
Moderated by our co-ordinator Mrs. Susana Ma (M.Sc.), the Lambda Parents' Circle aims at providing a venue for parents to share their perspectives on the process of bringing up children. We also offer regular meetings with experts in education, developmental psychologists, and artists to bring about a balanced perspective.
"We have two daughters presently aged 8 and 12 years old. Our older child started taking piano lessons at the age of 5½ and the younger at age 5. Our sole initial purpose and intent was to instill in our children a love of music and to teach them the meaning of discipline. Our children initially had a private student teacher for training who encouraged us to send our children to piano competitions. It was at these competitions that we became acquainted with Lambda Music School because we saw children from that school perform, and it was impressive. In 2010, we switched to Lambda, and the improvement in both of our children was immediately noticeable. Lambda with its modern facilities not only provides a rigorous and classical training method, even for our younger daughter who is now eight years old, but is able to motivate children to want to understand and master both music technique and theory. The greatest accomplishment is that our children are still motivated after two years to want to continue to learn and they have become confident in consequence. Lambda has provided workshops and master classes conducted by both teachers from Lambda but also by invited world class musicians. Lambda has provided both a music and a life lesson. Both our children in general spend some two hours per day practicing piano, because they have teachers that motivate them to want to achieve recognition for what they do. Of course there are times when our children balk at the discipline, but they honestly look forward every week to going to their piano lessons at Lambda. It is hard work (though not always), but what more could I ask for as a parent. What more could I ask of a music school. Thank you."
~ Sharon Fei ~
"Lambda music school is very different from other music schools. The school exudes an atmosphere of accomplishment. Just waiting for a class exposes students and parents to the music of other students attending classes, whether in piano, violin or a wind instrument. As well there are displays of the artwork generated by students attending art classes. While Lambda emphasizes music as its main function, it provides art courses, photography courses and, in general, instruction in the general arts. My children came to Lambda 1½ years ago to pursue their piano studies, and they fell in love with this institution. The facilities for music are exceptional, as are the facilities for the general arts classes that are held at Lambda. In terms of music instruction, my children attend piano lessons where they have been taught both technique and theory, they have attended summer classes, master classes and piano workshops given by both teachers and by invited world class musicians, and they have had the opportunity of interacting with other music students (and their families) who have similar interests in developing their childrens’ musical talents. The teachers at Lambda have the ability to motivate children to excel and to give their best efforts to become both musicians and better human beings. Our children participate in recitals twice a year at Lambda’s concert hall and we have been encouraged to enter our children in competitions, not so much for the purpose of winning, though that is important, but to develop in our children the self confidence necessary to go through this type of experience. It becomes a life experience for our children and the lessons learned are reflected in their regular school marks and in their other activities. Lambda has been a unique experience for me and my children and I have never regretted making the decision to send my children to Lambda."
~ A. Oulousian. ~
Having taught piano to people aged two to eighty for over twenty years, I am always looking for ways to be a more effective pedagogue. I have attended many Lambda workshops given by the top experts in various fields involved in piano interpretation and performance. The lecturers are cutting-edge in their knowledge and approach. The workshops are very intimate and always inspiring. Dr. Chan, the co-founder of Lambda, has multiple doctorates: one in piano pedagogy, one in psychology and one in piano performance. She sets the tone and approach for the workshops. We cover such diverse topics as: 1. What is piano technique? 2. Developing musicianship, 3. How to overcome piano performance anxiety, 4. How to develop critical listening, 5. How to develop a wise ear, 6. Using UTube to study world class experts’ different approaches to teaching musicality. I am greatly indebted to Lambda for enabling me to be a more insightful and effective piano teacher.
~ Marilyn Cooperman ~
I feel fortunate to have Lambda’s piano pedagogy workshops to attend, which I have been attending regularly since Lambda opened in 2008. Not only are they well presented, informative and inspiring, they also offer a feeling of community in an often isolated profession. The workshops cover a wide variety of topics and I particularly like that I can make requests of topics for future pedagogy workshops to address my personal interests and needs.
The atmosphere is friendly and professional providing a place where fellow teachers can explore and share various pedagogical issues once the main topic has been presented. This has helped me directly with my teaching and preparation for my Royal Conservatory of Music Piano Pedagogy exams. When issues arise with my students that I do not know or am unsure of how to address I can bring them to the workshops and we discuss possible solutions.
My master classes with Dr. Angela Chan were essential to my final preparations for my RCM Elementary Piano Pedagogy exam. She is insightful, eloquently spoken, and very knowledgeable. An experienced performer and pedagogue, Dr. Chan is both able and willing to transfer her skills and knowledge to others. Her passion and energy is contagious and her analysis of pieces is insightful and refreshing. I am very grateful to be able to study with Dr. Angela Chan.
I look forward to attending future pedagogy workshops and master classes.
~ Sylvia H. Orthwein 2011 Gold Medal Winner RCM Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate in Quebec ~
TESTIMONIALS FROM PARENTS OF OUR SUMMER CAMPERS
"Thank you for organizing such a wonderful summer camp. The school is beautiful, and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her 4 weeks at Lambda. We will definitely be registering for the fall classes." M.K.
"I am truly impressed by how the events are organized at Lambda. The teachers and staff are very professional and caring. I am really glad that I enrolled my children in the camp." J.T.
"This is an amazing school! The teachers and staff are exceptional. They sparked my son's interest in music and painting." L.S.
"My daughter loves every discipline of the arts, including playing musical instruments (piano and violin), singing, dancing, acting, painting, and so on. I was looking for a summer day camp which could cover all her interests and with a high quality of teaching. And I found by chance Lambda on the internet. As soon as I contacted the school, Lambda replied me so quickly and gently and gave me enough information and confidence to send my daughter to the school. And from the very first day of her summer day camp, my daughter loved the school and every subject she did at school. The curriculum was so rich on every artistic discipline that students are continuously inspired. Teachers are very professional and of course kind and patient to students. The school building is new, clean and spacious and my daughter says she could really be relaxed. We live a bit far from the school, but every time I asked her if she wants to continue to go, she always reply, "Yes, sure!". She really loves the school and that's the reason why she continues now to take lessons of musical theatre at Lambda even after the last summer day camp. For children, if learning is at the same time fun and enjoyable - it's the best school. And for parents, if their children enjoy learning and playing with a big smile, it's also the best school. That's why I can say Lambda is the best place to go during the summer!". N.F.
~ Bo Huang~
~ Tom and Susan Chou ~
As parents, we would like not only to equip our children to play a musical instrument, but also to enjoy the beauty of music that can enrich their lives. We have no regrets registering our 7-year-old daughter for piano lessons at Lambda School of Music. The environment is elegant and warm. The teacher patiently and creatively guides her to achieve the techniques required as well as to enjoy the pieces. Master classes are amazing to cultivate her musicality to a deeper level. Our daughter joins Lambda for 8 months. She enjoys learning and practicing her music. We are very happy to be part of the “Lambda community”. Thank you!
~ A and T Ngai ~
It is truly amazing to compare and see the effect that your teaching methods have had. Sarah has acquired not simply technique but also is inspired to interpret the music. It is all the more impressive when one realizes that she can pace her playing and place emphasis in her playing, at an age where she is just beginning to learn to master the concept of fractions. Sarah is truly a reflection of your effort and direction. and she is blessed for that.
Testimonials from parents in response to our Summer Camps
"Wow! That is amazing. Firstly thank you for sharing the videos. It’s the first time I get a line of sight into what she is doing during the day: ) I’m really hoping that she finds a tool that she is passionate about driving her musicality forward. The Cello is beautiful and it’s so exciting to see her drawn to it. This is very exciting!!!" From T. K.
"Thank you for your information we are truly pleased how professional you are with regards to our child Sebastian." From B.P.
"Receiving these videos throughout the day is SO WONDERFUL. Thank you!!!!" From S.G.
"Please note, that I am extremely pleased with the summer camp and believe Lambda has developed a very successful program for our youth." B.Z.
~ Bo Huang~
~ Tom and Susan Chou ~