Frequently Asked Questions

School Enquiry

Q: Does MKS provide education for other instruments besides keyboard?

Unfortunately not.

My Keyboard School’s founding was based on the need for keyboard education in Singapore. If you are interested in drumming, we do have another related company, My Drum School Pte Ltd, that specializes in drumming.

Q: Where is MKS located, and what are the operating hours?

We are located at Block 71 Ubi Road 1, Oxley Bizhub 1, #07-42 S(408732)

We have state-of-the-art studios, LED screens, Ipads, recording equipment, keyboard machines, and other high-quality equipment.

We are open from 10.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1pm on Saturdays.
We are closed on Sunday and Public Holidays.
Click here for more details and directions to MKS.

Email us for further information or contact our office at (65) 6385-0485

Q: Does your school offer keyboard certifications?

We are in partnership with ANZCA  examinations. First, we conduct our own, non certified, in-house examinations at MKS to allow students to advance to the next level in their educational progress. Second, we do provide an option for students to take the formal keyboard or piano examinations with ANZCA, which conducts their examinations at our school facility in July (1st week) and November (2nd week). For more information about ANZCA, Click Here.

Enrolment Enquiry

Q: How do I apply or enrol in a programme at MKS?

Please read our Admission Information. Here are the steps to register with us: 1) Fill our online form here. 2) After submitting the form, we will reply you in two working days. 3) The principal will arrange a time and day for your lessons. 4) Upon confirmation, an email will be sent to you. Information like fees, materials needed, make-up procedures, school address, will be included in the email. 5) Based on availability, the keyboard class should commence within a week.

Q: How long is one session of keyboard class?

Each individual session lasts for either 30 minutes or 45 minutes. Group sessions lasts for 60 minutes. For Junior Courses, one parent may be allowed to sit-in for the first 10 minutes of the first few sessions to allow the child to settle down. Sessions for Junior Courses may be shorter depending on the attention of the child.

Please also see our Fee Structure.

Q: How long does it take to complete a keyboard programme?

Each programme consists of a few levels.

The duration for each level varies from 24 to 32 weeks (about 6 to 8 months).

Q: I have some piano experience, which level do I begin?

As a rough guide, if you have not had any formal keyboard/piano training…etc then you should start off at Beginner Level 1 just to work on the foundation parts. You will go faster than the usual pace if you already know how to play.

If you have a minimum Grade 5 in piano/keyboard background, a good programme to begin would be the Keyboard Conversion Programme!

Q: Can missed lessons be make-up?

We generally do not allow our students to postpone their individual lessons unnecessarily.

To book a make-up class for missed lesson, 5 guidelines follow:
(i) Notification must be done at least 48 hours in advance.
(ii) Make-up slots are subjected to availability during working hours.
(iii) Students are only entitled to make-up for the lesson within the next week of missed lesson.
(iv) Scheduling a make-up 1 week in advance is possible and encouraged.
(v) Students with circumstantial reasons like hospitalization, bereavement, reservists, or major examinations, will not be required to make-up classes for a maximum of 2 weeks.

There will be no make-up for group lessons. Group lessons will still carry on in spite of the absence of a student.

If a student has travel plans or has to skip a number of lessons (e.g 4 lessons), we would have to release the slot and terminate the enrolment, and the student will have to re-register.  Either that, or the student can make an advanced payment for the lessons and make up afterwards.

Payment Enquiry

Q: How much do I have to pay on the first session?

The following payment has to be made on the 1st session:

1) $50 Registration Fees (Non-refundable)
2) $60 Student Deposit 
(Fully-refundable upon one month advanced notice of withdrawal from individual class)
3) Course Fees for the first month of lessons (pro-rated)

 

Q: How much does it cost to enrol in a programme?

We offer individual and group classes of two. The fees of our programmes range from S$150 to S$280 depending on the duration of each session. Each payment entitles the student to 4-5 sessions depending on whether the month has 4 or 5 weeks.
Further information about our fees is available here.

Payment is to be made through cash or cheque on the first session.

Q: If I am paying by a cheque, whom do I address it to?

Please make cheques payable to your respective centres. When you receive your confirmation email, the Manager of the respective centre will inform you on cheque payment procedures. General cheque payments go to “My Keyboard School”. Cash payment is preferred however.

Q: Are there extra charges for late payment of monthly fees?

Late Payment

1)       Payment of fees to be before the 1st lesson of each month.
2)       An imposed fine of $10 for fees received more than 14 days from due month
3)       An imposed fine of $20 for fees received more than 30 days from due month

Course Enquiry

Q: Should I choose 30 minutes or 45 minutes?

Generally, 30 minutes are for the younger students enrolled in our Junior Programme and usually for those who are on a budget.

A 45-minute class would mean more hands-on time and less hurry.
Most adults choose to have 45 minutes for their lessons.

Q: I have no music background, can I still learn the keyboard?

No worries about the musical background.

In fact most of our new students begin with no music background. With our customized syllabus, you will be learning all the fundamentals in no time.

Q: How often are the keyboard courses conducted?

Students will be scheduled weekly sessions in order to facilitate effective learning at MKS. We also offer group classes for students at Beginner and Intermediate Courses.

We do have students who come for a series of intensive sessions given their limited schedule. Do visit our Holiday Programme and we will work something out with you. Such cases invovled: Holiday visit to Singapore, Summer Vacation, Waiting to be enlisted, Waiting for results.

Please see our Programmes at MDS for more information on the courses we are offering.

Q: How do I know if I can play the keyboard?

Learning how to play the keyboard is actually much easier than most people believe. All it takes is a little practice and you will be playing to the tunes of your favorite songs in no time.

We will not lie to you, every new skill needs lots of practice. But we will motivate, guide, and journey with you in this new instrument. You will go at a faster pace if you do own a personal keyboard at home.

Q: Am I too "old" to learn the keyboard?

The truth is, the older we are, the more mature we get. We should be able to understand math better than a child. We should be able to analyse better, innovate better and be more disciplined when it comes to practising!

However, the reason why children tend to be better at music is because they have time to practise, and they love it!

Are you too “old” to find time to practise? That’s the main question to ask.

So fret not. Get started today!

Instrument Enquiry

Q: Do I have to purchase a keyboard in order to learn?

Having a keyboard would be very beneficial for practising. However, we generally do not encourage students to buy expensive keyboards until they are able to develop an appreciation for the instrument.

An average keyboard would cost about $150 to $300. The high ends one can go to $2,000 onwards.

Q: Should I purchase a digital piano or keyboard?

If you are a beginner, it would be advisable to try purchasing a keyboard (synthesizer). It is more affordable and it has more sounds that come along. These instruments produce a lot of different types of sounds, and it is sometimes more natural to play on unweighted keys. For example, it is much easier to play string lines on an unweighted keyboard.

You should check with your keyboard teacher on what brands and models to purchase.

Q: What is the difference between weighted keys and unweighted keys? Which is better?

If you’ve played an acoustic piano, you’ve played on weighted keys. Weighted keys also exist on digital pianos and keyboards in two varieties – semi-weighted and fully-weighted. Semi-weighted keyboards have a uniform amount of resistance across the whole keyboard. Fully-weighted keys have a gradated resistance across the keys like a real piano.

Smaller digital pianos and keyboards with less than 88 keys often have unweighted keys. These cheaper and smaller instruments are great for beginners who are interesting in developing the hobby of playing the piano. While unweighted keyboards are typically cheaper than weighted models, it can sometimes be difficult to play expressively.

It’s common for beginners to start learning on an unweighted keyboard, and then upgrading to a weighted model at a later point.

Other Enquiries

Q: Why can't I just learn the keyboard by reading materials myself?

Receiving lessons is a great way to boost your learning. Having a professional to be able to examine your bad habits, and point out your mistakes is something you cannot get from videos and online web sites.

The first attempt at a new skill is most important because you are forging a new pathway. Every time you let yourself practise something incorrectly, you are getting better at practising it incorrectly. Start your journey with MKS today.

Q: Does MKS offer other corporate services?

At the moment, we do not offer Corporate Services.

However, we do have our network of music schools to provide you with such services.

Email us for further information or contact our office at (65) 6385 0485