Too often, we only play music composed of people from the past, while there are rich contributions from composers of today.

This session aims to introduce teachers to intermediate to early advanced piano repertoire by contemporary Asian composers (Tan Dun, Chen Zhang Yi, Wang Chen Wei, Jonathan Shin, Ananda Sukarlan and Ilysia Tan), with suggestions on pairing them with works from the Western classical canon. The following sub-topics will be covered:

1. Inspiring younger students to be open-minded towards contemporary music
2. Creative teaching ideas and practice strategies for each suggested work
3. A contextual exploration of each suggested work framed to nurture the student’s imagination

This session hopes to spark an interest in tapping on local Southeast Asian compositions as a valuable pedagogical resource.


For Khoo Hui Ling, playing the piano is a vulnerable and precious expression of what is in the heart. She enjoys sharing this experience through both performing and teaching. Hui Ling is currently Lecturer of Music Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, and Founder and Pedagogy Consultant at The Music Studios, where she mentors piano teachers and students.

Having a strong conviction to positively impact the music teaching community, she has shared her experiences as a piano pedagogue at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Music Teacher Conferences and the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference. Prior to her current teaching appointments, she has taught in various capacities at the Peabody Preparatory, the University of Oregon and Nanyang Girls’ High School in Singapore.

A curious soul, Hui Ling has diverse artistic interests. Her artistry at the piano has been heard in recitals in the United States, Europe and Singapore. Forays into multidisciplinary performance have led to the production of Walking in the Wild, a music and dance collaboration. Excerpts were presented at the 2019 Performers’ Presents International Artistic Research Symposium at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. For her doctoral research, she produced short documentaries about the confluence of Chinese traditional music and painting in Tan Dun’s 8 Memories in Watercolour. This culminated in a multimedia performance that premiered in the United States and Singapore in 2016. She also fiddles around on the erhu, which she picked up upon joining the Chinese orchestra as a teenager.

Hui Ling graduated with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Oregon under the tutelage of Dean Kramer. She previously studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Brian Ganz, and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of music with Thomas Hecht. Based in Singapore, she hopes to further develop her interests in performance, teaching, and in innovative collaborations with other artistic fields.