“Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart.” This timeless adage embodies both founders’, Mr. Amos Teo and Ms Yoong Xin Yun, lifelong passion for music. In 1999, it was this same passion that ignited the sparks of desire in him to establish Hark Music.
When times are hard, the greatest success stories in life are often created by those who come out fighting.
As a young child, Amos had the desire to learn piano but his parents could not afford it. The then industrious 14-year old relied on his own ability to purchase a musical keyboard, taught himself how to read music, and started performing at school events and music cafes.
However, something was missing. Music was seemingly a reiterative process of reading notes and translating them into keys. How could he express the music in him freely? How could he move people through it? Must we go through the traditional academic path to learn music?
Often times when you ask someone how they learnt to play by ear, they offer you tips on how to perform a certain technique, but are unable to elucidate the concepts and nuances to achieving their skills.
Not satisfied with the traditional way of learning music, he began to do some “reverse- engineering” on his musical skills. He studied all sorts of music books and unravelled the secret to the myth of playing by ear. Simplifying complexities, the music concepts are converted into easy-to-understand ideas. Further witnessing other musicians with the ability to play any song on the spot without the use of sheet music confirmed his belief that you can learn music in a lot of different ways.
After gaining much practical experience by teaching himself music without following the traditional academic path, he began to convey his experience to all music enthusiasts which led him to develop the SKT (Sense, Knowledge, Technicalities) model. This approach breaks down the skills needed to play and understand music into simple and achievable learning steps.
Through a chance encounter with Xin Yun during a music performance, their shared passion for music and common vision led to the blossoming of a lasting partnership, and the establishment of a remarkable business over the years.
EXPRESSWAY® is their contribution to the art of teaching music. This proven method allows anyone to achieve results in the shortest time possible, while enjoying the music learning process.
Never resting on our laurels, we at Hark Music also constantly innovate our teaching methods to personalise and cater to the modern student, accelerating your learning process, experience and musical breakthroughs. Today, we aim to achieve our vision of spreading EXPRESSWAY® regionally in Asia.
Like the very air we breathe, the value of music lies in the wonder of its infinite reach. Here at Hark Music, you are never too shy, too old, or too busy to learn music. Music is a world in itself, with a language we all understand. We simplify this language and process so that you can embark with us on your exciting journey into the world of music!
Below are corporate organizations which we have collaborated to fulfill their music requirements (in areas of workshops, trainings, event organizations and performances).
Starhub Ltd • Standard Chartered Bank • Creative Technology Ltd • Knowledge Universe Singapore • Singapore Refinery Company Pte Ltd (SRC) • Housing Development Board (HDB) • Alliance Entertainment Pte Ltd • Wyeth Nutritionals • SAFRA • CITISPA • National Library Board (NLB) • Singapore Development Unit (SDU) • National University of Singapore (NUS) • Nanyang Technological University (NTU) • Singapore Management University (SMU) • Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) • Marketing Institute of Singapore (MIS) • CT Hansen International – Miss Earth Singapore 2009 • and many more…
For any further discussion for your corporate needs, send us your enquiry/proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hark Music started humbly in a 3rd floor of a terrace house in Serangoon.
In 6 months, built to a strength of 50 students with no marketing, just word of mouth!
Moved to a new place in New Bridge Road of 1000 sqft.
Grew to 100 over students, we moved to Prinsep Street at our current location, at 2nd level.
Interview at YES 933 on original compositions
Co-organised many varsity singing competitions at NUS and NTU
Held an exhibition at Suntec Convention Hall and attracted more than 150 enrolments.
Acquired the 1st level at Prinsep Street and opened a music cafe to promote local music and talents. Featured in local newspapers.
Converted music cafe to a performing studio. Do a major corporate identity revamp. Launched Artiste Division
Hark Music and its artiste-in-progress (AIPs) was featured in Mediacorp Channel 8 News at 6.30pm and 10pm. The story was covered in www.xin.sg too. Click here to view the video.
Collaborated with LifeBrandz, Lunar Asian Fusion Bar to present a Live Singing PK Singing Competition
Hark Music is the Official Artiste Management for Miss Earth 2008.
Collaborated with SAFRA to co-organised a nationwide singing competition. In its 7th runs, still going strong, it’s currently rebranded and named “THE ULTIMATE TALENT”.
Held a songwriting sharing session with Jiang Yang and Le Sheng.
Released a Christmas single with Jeremy Teng, one of Hark’s Artiste Development student. He is the 1st Singapore representative to The Voice of China Season 2. This song was played all along Orchard Road at the digital screens at major shopping malls such as ION, Orchard Central, *scape, etc.Click here to watch the music video.
Released a motivational single, Keep Running, for Fairus Adam, the winner of SAFRA’s The Ultimate Voice and Karaoke World Championship 2015. The song received positive reviews and was debuted on national radio stations – Jia 883 FM and Power 98FM and was featured in ST Sunday Life!, Straits Times, and Channel News Asia.
The song was also used in the DocuMV of Mr Jason Chee.
Released A Love Song with SG for Desmond Tan to commemorate SG50.
Click here to watch the music video preview.
We are honoured to be the Official Music School for the musical – December Rains 雨季, a production by Toy Factory.
Released 3 singles for the Winners of “The Ultimate Voice 2015”. The songs were debuted on national radio stations – JIA 883 and Power 98CompassWhat Would I be就足够
Voice of Hark Season 1
It is one of the largest singing contests in SG, yet it is exclusively organised for our very own 500+ students.
It is such an encouraging and exciting platform that we have to hold it twice a year!
Acquired the registered trademark for Hark Music.
Music Project with Noontalk artistes
Trained them for a recording session!
Music Partner of Manhunt Singapore 2017
Opening of 2nd Branch – Kallang
CT Hub #05-10, fully equipped with Production Studio and Performing Stage
Icon Search for Huayi Bros
Hark Music is the Co-Organiser for this prestigious competition.
Sharing our EXPRESSWAY® methods to music enthusiasts!
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