Khoo Hui Ling
The Music Studios
Dr. Khoo Hui Ling seeks and maintains diverse interests in life which nourish her artistic soul, for she is at once a pianist, music educator, researcher and entrepreneur. She believes that good music is sincere and vulnerable, an ideal she infuses into all her artistic endeavours.
Hui Ling’s sensitivity to detail and ability to elicit the strengths of every student have helped students gain entry into prestigious music programmes, festivals and competitions. As faculty at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, she teaches contextual studies and is the teaching assistant to Prof. Thomas Hecht. In 2018, she founded The Music Studios, a collective of private music teachers with a mission to help every music learner build a lifelong friendship with music. The Music Studios has since grown with her creations of innovative programmes for both students and teachers. Having a strong conviction to positively impact the music teaching community, she serves as the Vice President of the Singapore Music Teachers’ Association and has been invited to speak at the Southeast Asian Music Academy Online symposiums, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Music Teacher Conferences, and the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.
Constant musing on the interconnectivity between art and the world around us has inspired Hui Ling’s eclectic array of musical projects. Her artistry at the piano has been heard in creatively programmed 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 first presented at the 2019 Performers’ Presents International Artistic Research Symposium at YST. In 2016, she produced short documentaries on the confluence of Chinese traditional music and painting in Tan Dun’s 8 Memories in Watercolour, culminating in a multimedia performance that premiered in the United States and Singapore. In her spare time, Hui Ling fiddles around on the erhu, which she picked up as a teenager. She likens playing the erhu after a busy day to drinking a cup of fragrant Chinese tea with an old friend.