JUDGING PANEL
JOSHUA AGILAN

Known as the 'Vettai Drummer', Joshua is a familiar figure in the Singapore drum scene, and has been performing and teaching for more than a decade. He has garnered Distinctions in all internationally recognised examinations and professional certifications, such as, Pop Music Theory, Grade 8 Drum Kit, Associate and Licentiate Diplomas by the London College of Music and Rockschool UK. A firm believer & advocate of Life-long learning, Joshua has continues to pursue his Fellowship diploma.

Joshua was also the trainer for the Academy of Rock Singapore, Philippines and Myanmar where he spearheaded the drum department coaching and conducting sessions for the teachers as well as preparing the teachers for their graded exams and diploma. Joshua also developed an instructional drum kit syllabus for the school apart from managing Drumstick Studios, a dedicated drum school he founded in 2006 which evolved into a contemporary music school in September 2012. Besides the syllabuses written for Academy of Rock, Joshua also wrote and produced an educational book titled “Drumming for Children”.


Joshua is the Founder and Director of Drum Struck Studios.
Drum Struck Studios

Drumstruck Studios – School of contemporary Music is a Singapore based music school which imparts reliable and proven music techniques in various contemporary instruments to groups and individual students, ranging from pre-schoolers, tertiary students to working adults.

At Drumstruck, we cater to each and every individual’s needs and expectations. We truly live and breathe music and want to impart the joy of being able to appreciate music and share our knowledge with anyone who is happy to turn up at Drumstruck. We believe that music can not only be a great hobby and career, but is also a healthy source of inspiration in life. Outside of Drumstruck, we have conceptualised and conducted music courses for various organizations such as SINDA, PCF, Planet Montessori, Hwa Chong Junior College and various other schools.




CRISTOFORI Music

Singapore's leading music and retailer was established with the dream to popularize music to every household. With the largest music network in Singapore, CRISTOFORI Music School provides music education with a qualified of 500 teachers, more than 100,000 students have benefitted from a holistic music education system.

CRISTOFORI Music has step-changed the music landscape in Singapore by allowing individuals to learn and play music affordably. To continue the big hearted dream, CRISTOFORI Music has gone regional and with establishments in Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia and China.

ZULKIFLI M NOER

Born in Jakarta on 28 May 1977, Zulkifli M Noer started guitar lessons at the age of 7 under the guidance of Prof. Dr Johan Salim.
Being a talented guitarist, Zulkifli has emerged as a winner in 17 music competitions held in Indonesia from 1990 to 2003. He was appointed as one of the judges at the International Guitar Competition from 2013 to 2016, and was also one of the judges at Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School Talent Night Competition 2016 and 2017. He has also performed and conducted masterclass at numerous International guitar festival and concerts held in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand between 2014 to 2016.


Lee Jit Seng and Zulkifli M Noer are both instructors teaching at Cristofori.
LEE JIT SENG

Lee Jit Seng is an award winning drummer in South East Asia. He graduated from Lasalle College Of Arts in Singapore in 2009 and further his studies in USA in 2011. In Collective School Of Music, Jit Seng explored to merge various musical styles into his drum performance. Known for his technical skills and versatility as a drummer, he was invited to play and collaborate with many artists and involve in projects across a wide range of genres. Since 2009, he was invited to perform in Singapore Formula One Night Race and share the stages with many international artists such as Back Street Boys, Adam Lambert, Mariah Carey, Kyle Cox, etc. Jit Seng joined Singapore fusion jazz band Raghajazz in 2009 and performed in many festivals and concerts such as MOSAIC, MURFest, Singapore Rhapsodies, Asian Vibes Festival, etc. In 2012, Jit Seng was invited by The Prime Minister of Singapore- Lee Hsien Loong and his cabinets to perform in Chinese New Year Party at Istana. As a music educator, Jit Seng has over 10 years of teaching experience. He has been teaching drums and percussion in Cristofori Music School since 2012. In Cristofori, he has the opportunity to share his knowledge and passion with his students across the country.
GILBERT ROLAN NOGALES

Originally hailed from Manila, Philippines and has been in Singapore for more than 20 years. He was first recognized in Singapore when he bagged the Grand Champion title in 2007 Singapore Drum Fest. Gilbert is a professional session drummer and percussionist as he is well known in the Asian circuit. He has appeared and played in the famous TV show in the Philippines “Eat Bulaga”. He performed with top artists such as The Legendary “Juan Dela Cruz Band”, Mike Hanopol, Pepe Smith, Wally Gonzalez, Ariel Rivera, Pen-Pen ni Emil Sanglay and World reknown Singer/Composer Vennie Saturno. He has also played for Indonesian Artists Ariel of Peterpan, Once of Dewa, Harvey Malaiholo,Agnes Monica and some of the big names in Singapore's music scene, Renowned Singapore Music Director and Head Vocal coach of Singapore Idol, Babes Conde, Singapore's Paul McCartney, Jay Shotam, Rock Icon John Molina, Jazz Pianist/Music Director Stephen Francis just to name a few. Gilbert has numerous Recording Credits under his belt from Phil., Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia.



Gilbert is teaching as an instructor at School of Music Clef.

School of Music Clef

We offer music courses for all ages. Our interactive lessons are designed to encourage our students to have confidence and self-belief by participating in various events.

Our teachers are constantly increasing their performance credits by participating in recording sessions, concerts, recitals and international festivals. Our faculty includes some of the finest music professionals in the region.


Juzmusic Academy

Juzmusic Academy is a well established music school that has been estabalished since 2006. We are located at multiple locations and the HQ is at Parkway Centre.

At Juzmusic Academy, we provide the finest music lessons taught by professional and dedicated teachers.  Keeping to the teachings of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, Juzmusic Academy believes “Every Child Can Learn,” and encourages students to trust in their abilities and help them overcome obstacles in learning music. Whether you are taking music lessons for leisure or keen to benchmark your music progress, Juzmusic Academy will work with you to find the best approach and meet your needs in your music lessons.


JOEY LYE

Joey Lye is an established and well-recognized music educator in Singapore. Educated in the USA, she has a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Houston, USA. She has been invited to guest speak, conduct master classes and judge in many music competitions. Joey Lye has also been invited to be in the panel of experts at skoolopedia.com, where she gives expert advice to parents in the area of music education. She is also an expert in the area of Suzuki Method.



Joey is the Principal and Founder of Juzmusic Academy.
JAMES PANG

Tagged as an academic high-flyer after he emerged with first class honors, with a gold medal and two scholarships at NTU (Nanyang Technological University), James Pang quit his job and started My Drum School in his own home at the end of 2007. To date, 2,600 MDS students have benefited from Mr Pang and his team's passionate brand of Drum Education.

As a gospel drummer himself, he holds an Associate Diploma (A.Dip.A) at ANZCA (Australia & New Zealand Cultural Arts) and has played at numerous venues, the largest at Singapore Sports Hub with a crowd of 51,000 in 2015.


James is the Founder and Managing Director of My Drum School.

Our distinguished panel of judges

My Drum School

Being one of the most recognized and fast-growing school in Singapore, My Drum School (MDS) has enrolled over 2,600 drum students within its four branches in Singapore. With more than 40 Drum educators conducting weekly one-to-one classes, MDS has been featured in The Business Times, The Straits Times, OKTO TV, Channel U, Channel Suria, and the Disney Channel.

With its own customized curriculum and dedicated educators, MDS has won 9 national awards to date, including “Fastest Growing Corporation by Promising SME 500”. They are set to new heights each year with their slogan: “We Are Serious About Drumming.”
IVY TOH

Ivy is an accomplished banker turned entrepreneur/ musician who now runs the thriving STUDIO 72, which she started in 2012 and currently performs professionally.

Centrally located at the iconic Boat Quay, Studio 72 provides lessons for drums, guitar, vocals and keyboard to a wide student demographics.

Ivy strongly advocates her students to Learn, Play and Perform an instrument and believes in learning best through live performing experience.

Besides being actively involved in running her school, Ivy is also a seasoned drummer and performer. Her most notable recent performances include the 2017 Countdown with Stephanie Sun in Shenzhen China, where she played the drums on LIVE China TV. She has also performed at festivals/ events such as St Patrick's and BeerFest with her All-Female-Rock band - ROCK ROSETTES, which she formed in 2012. She has been performing regularly with her band since.

As a rock drummer, Ivy's influences include Guns N Roses, Metallica, Journey, Bon Jovi and Rush.  Ivy posses a Grade 8 Rock & Pop Drums certification awarded by the Trinity Guild Hall in London.



Ivy is the Principal and Founder of Studio 72.




Studio72 Ambassador for women's drumming in Singapore

Studio72 exists to inspire and galvanise aspiring musicians. A beacon for the uninitiated but also avidly interested, a guiding light shining the way forward for aspiring musicians and all inquistive minds. To help dreams come alive, to help bring music back to life.

Studio72 inspires with a unique music academy experience in a stylish upscale environment, strategically located along iconic Boat Quay. Learn and master your favourite instruments, or simple hone your rockstar skills, with an eye to perfoming live on stage (if you are game enough).

Professional, well crafted music lessons by veteran musicians and qualified mentors. Flexible sessions orchestrated to suit busy schedules and tailored to various skill level and ambitions. A complete sensory experience to transform dreams into reality.

Come on a journey of discovery. Come on a journey to live your dreams. Come re-discover rock.




IRWAN SHAH SALLEH

Irwan Shah is a professional musician and educator who are primarily associated with the drums. He started playing the drums at the age of 12 and is also proficient on all percussions as well as guitar.

He has brought his talents to the stage as part of local Singapore bands Tabula, PAGE and 53A.

As a professional educator, Irwan Shah plays a pivotal role as part of the Academic Heads and one of the Chief Educators from Academy Of Rock Singapore.

He is also one of the few certified Roland V-DRUMS educators from South-East Asia and is a much sought after clinician internationally. In 2015 he was a judge at the Beijing Drum Summit held in the Beijing School of Contemporary Music, where he also held a drum clinic to give a talk and demonstrate on the Rockschool syllabus. This was a pivotal event in his career as an educator, sharing the stage with other notable drum educators such as Cris Coleman and Thomas Lang. Having achieved his Licentiate in Music Teaching from Rockschool in 2012, the multi-instrumentalist believes that every examination should start and end with a smile.



Irwan Shah is teaching as an instructor at Academy of Rock.
Academy of Rock


Academy of Rock is one of the leading music schools in the world dedicated to both delivery and development of quality pop and rock music academia programmes. AOR provides a dynamic learning environment which combines natural talent and creativity with fine teaching and rigorous assessment. AOR students learn essential pop and rock instruments such as the bass, drum, guitar and vocals with focus on their individual learning pattern, ability and ambition. AOR continually develops publications and training programmes for various age groups in order to keep up with the fast and global developments in both the education and technology markets.




JENSON KOH

Jenson's career started early as a professional drummer at age 19 with Singapore band Music House under Backstage Production. After two decades as a performer and one decade as a composer, his outstanding musical aptitude has been extended to cover the industry life-cycle from composition, production,performance, artist management to education.
Since 2000, his efforts have been chiefly directed towards educating and motivating the next generation.

His unique approach to teaching focuses not only in the principal instrument of drums, but in music as a discipline that transcends the boundaries of language and cultures through its many styles and genres. Shared through his music school and studio Bozzworkz, Jenson's style of music education inculcates in his students a genuine passion for music that will serve to motivate and accelerate their learning process, as well as establish a sense of discipline that will benefit them in all aspect of their lives.



Jenson is the founder of Bozzworkz.

Bozzworkz


Bozzworkz Music Studio, founded by Jenson "Bozz" Koh in 2008 with a mission to bring fun and laughter to people's lives through drumming. Drumming is an art form that transcends all barriers and it plays a specific role in music to create impact and bring different grooves to the performance. The focus of Bozzworkz's team of passionate and professional percussion instructors is to help student achieve what they want or help them find the joy in their journey of growth. Be it in performance or academically.

With the teaching experience of more than 10 years, Jenson has accumulated a large and loyal student base since his teaching stints at Kel’s music and Melody Music. Jenson's reputation as a reliable and effective music instructor is reflected in his students achievements in receiving distinctions in the Trinity Guildhall drums exams Grade 1-4. In recent years, Bozzworkz has upgraded its recording studios and 24 hour practice rooms to become a popular work space for armature and professional musicians alike. Drum It Loud!!



AARON JAMES LEE

Drummer Aaron James Lee is most known for his work as a member of celebrated Singaporean ensemble the Steve McQueens. Steadily emerging as a musician in his own right, Aaron’s artistry has made him one of the most sought after drummers in Singapore, for projects that involve everything from straight-ahead jazz, r&b to pop.



Aaron James is teaching as an instructor at The Music Lab.


The Music Lab

A premium music school in Singapore, The Music Lab houses top professional talent and instructors. Being the most complete educational academy, we offer creative music courses in band performance studies, music theory, music production, jazz improvisation, strum & sing as well as practical lessons in a wide range of instruments such as Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Ukulele, Vocals and much more.


SIMON YONG

Simon Yong is a Singaporean guitarist, singer, songwriter, sessionist, and producer known for his work with progressive rock band Zero Sequence, Shirlyn & the UnXpected, KINGS, Reverie, and most recently with his debut solo instrumental album “Alien Stole My Whiskey” (2013).

Having performed with American legendary drummer Dennis Chambers, Thailand’s guitar hero Jack Thammarat, and Japanese guitarist Takayoshi Ohmura (Babymetal), Simon has also thrilled thousands of audiences at the Singapore indoor and national stadiums, and many music festivals with his electrifying guitar solos over the last 20 years.

In his younger years, Simon has won two band competitions, and his music has been nominated for “Best Rock Song”, “Best Guitar Riff”, and “Best Genre Bending-Mindboggling-Out-Of-This-World-Track”  in Malaysia's Voize.my's inaugural Independent Music Awards.

From national TV to numerous radio shows, the ESP Guitars and Audio-Technica endorsee has also performed in Malaysia, Japan, Australia, France, and USA. An influential figure in the music industry, this talented multi-instrumentalist who first started learning the organ at aged 4, is also a music educator, and has been conducting clinics and masterclasses for more than 10 years.



Simon is teaching as an instructor at Thunder Rock School.


Thunder Rock School

"Embrace your freedom to imagine and harness your tenacity to follow your dreams."

At Thunder Rock School, instructors live by that motto and encourage their students to do the same.

Courses are not all about learning a particular music instrument. They are also sessions for burrowing deep into each student's musical capacity and digging out his or her potential for us to nourish and nurture with what we know.

All dedicated to cultivating Singapore's music scene, our instructors are a team of carefully selected professionals who have all earned a place in the music industry.

We strongly believe that the freedom to imagine and create will inspire one to follow their dreams. To ignite their musical journey, the students are provided with opportunities for recording their own works and performing live at different venues in Singapore.

This will provide them with a strong background and infrastructure that will eventually take their musical passion beyond Thunder Rock School.
VIJESH

Vijesh currently plays for internationally renowned band, ‘Wormrot'. He has been playing drums for 16 years and has graduated from Lasalle College of the arts with a Diploma in Pop Music (performance). He has also given a masterclass and headlined Bandung Drums Day alongside Aaron Spears (Alicia Keys, Usher, James Brown, American Idol house band) and J.P. Bouvet.

Vijesh is well-versed in a range of styles including metal, rock, progressive, funk and soul and has studied various drummers such as Marco Minnemann, Derek Roddy and Thomas Pridgen to reach where he is.

He uses this to his advantage in order to tutor aspiring drummers to meet their best potential. 



Vijesh is teaching as an instructor at 35 Guitar Ave.
35 Guitar Avenue


35 Guitar Avenue is where Vijesh is the sole drum instructor. The objective is one-to-one drum classes with a focus on techniques, transcription, rudiments, improvisation and sight reading. Optional lessons are offered according to the syllabus of Trinity Guildhall. All students under his tutelage, have obtained 100% passing rates in drum examinations to date. We provide customisable lessons to suit your objectives and interests and will progress at your own pace.




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Meytal
Cohen
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Mendoza
Jost
Nickel
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