Tang Tee Tong, affectionately called Tee, is a devoted violin pedagogue with 10 years of teaching experience in Arizona, US and her hometown of Singapore. She currently runs a private violin studio in Tempe, AZ and is also the Artistic Director of The Music Circle, Singapore.
Graduated recently with a master’s degree in violin performance, Tee counts eminent violinists Dr Jonathan Swartz, Prof Andres Cardenes and Prof Lina Bahn as her mentors in the US. Always ready to learn and push her limits, Tee is now pursuing her doctoral degree as well as her passion for teaching violin.
Armed with a passion to help others embrace music and enjoy a lifelong adventure with this art form, Tee currently teaches students in Tempe, AZ from age 4 onward. Believing that teaching is crucial to helping her grow as a performer, she seeks to create an environment that encourages the lifelong love of music and sharing between herself, her students and parents.
Tee has received Suzuki teacher training with Mr William Starr, former President of Suzuki Association of Americas. However, her teaching is not limited to one method but is shaped by all the wonderful mentors she has worked with over the years, her own teaching experiences and training as well as exploration in other pedagogical methods. She believes that each student learns differently and by observing how each student learns best tailor my teaching towards the individual, rather than strictly following a methodology.
While actively teaching violin lessons in Tempe, AZ, Tee is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Music Circle.
Musical Journeys with Students
For Tee, music is not a goal in itself. Instead, she believes that music education helps build character, elevates self-esteem and confidence, and cultivates discipline and eagerness for excellence. Teaching has also enabled Tee to better communicate and articulate her technique and musical ideas. She aspires to constantly challenge and motivate her students, while guiding them to become their own teachers.
Working with Kids
Focused on nurturing a lifelong love for music among her young students, Tee strives to make learning music enjoyable through creative activities and learning methods. Beyond creating delightful lessons and a supportive environment, Tee cultivates discipline in her students such that they are driven to achieve excellence through regular practice. Her efficient practice routines, along with strict violin techniques, provide students with the tools and skills needed to meet the challenges of a wide range of violin repertoire.
Adults who have dreamt of picking up the violin are encouraged to embark on this extraordinary journey. In her teaching journey, Tee has worked with a wide range of adult students with varying personal goals for learning, such as finding solace in music, picking up a hobby, and learning to play for an event or wedding. Some have even been prompted to learn the instrument after listening to violin pieces that stirred their emotions. Regardless of age, Tee’s violin lessons are designed to give adult learners a different perspective of life and kindle their love for music-making.
Recognizing that every student blossoms in a unique way and possesses distinct learning styles, interests and strengths, Tee specializes in private individual lessons. In so doing, she is able to creatively tailor lessons according to her students’ needs and create an optimal environment for them to cultivate good practice habits, making music learning a pleasurable journey for everyone.
Tee is currently the Artistic Director of The Music Circle, Singapore where she, along with her dedicated team of teachers meticulously designs music programs, building a strong community through music. The Music Circle also focuses on bringing music to the underserved children in Singapore.
Being a passionate violin teacher, Tee has been teaching privately since 2003 and has really enjoyed working with kids from 4+ as well as adults. www.teeviolinstudio.com
Tee was teaching for the ASU String Project, an amazing project which offers low-cost violin lessons to members of our community. Through the project, Tee was able to work with many students from the area.
Tee received Suzuki Teaching Training from the Founding President of the Suzuki Associations of Americas Mr William Starr.
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. is the not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide, and promote Suzuki education in North, Central, and South America. The SAA was founded in 1972 and currently has about 8,000 members.