Dr. Stephen Lim

If your musical dreams don't scare you, they are too small.

Dr. Stephen Lim

Full Description

Dr. Stephen Lim grew up as a competitive musician and, having earned a doctorate degree in music psychology from the National University of Singapore in 2010, is currently a music educator as well as a music psychologist.

Today, there is an ever-rising need to improve music education. Expensive technological applications have been recommended for improving music education, notwithstanding the lack of empirical support for their effectiveness.

In contrast, cognitive educational psychologists have discovered strategies that may significantly boost music teaching and learning, and yet these approaches are not usually announced in music education nor implemented in music schools.

In fact, music teachers often subscribe to educational practices which psychologists have established to be wrong, for instance, subjecting learners to Bach repeatedly in expecting them to master Bach when, in fact, teachers should intently intersperse Bach with Beethoven and Brahms (see, e.g., Wong, Low, Kang, & Lim, 2020; Wong, Chen, & Lim, 2020).

Of note, Dr. Lim actively conducts music education research which, in turn, informs and guides his teaching practices. In other words, Dr. Lim teaches the way he does not because he ‘feels’ it is effective, but because empirical evidence suggests it really is.

Dr. Lim has taught keyboard music since 1999 to students of all age groups, including adult learners, and previously served as keyboardist and band coordinator across very diverse settings, he possesses relevant abilities to mentor all keyboard-related musical genres.

Peers have described him as personable in working effectively with both students and their parents. On overall, he has the necessary wherewithal to contribute productively toward your musical dreams.

Please feel free to connect with Dr. Lim directly via +65 9749 1937 for a discussion on what might work most optimally for your music learning needs.






Stephen Lim







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• Ph.D. in Psychology (Music Psychology), Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, 2010.
• B.Soc.Sci. (Hons.) in Psychology, Department of Psychology and University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore, 2005.

• International Faculty SoTL Leadership Program: UBC Certificate on Curriculum & Pedagogy in Higher Education, The University of British Columbia, 2016.


• Raffles Junior College, 1997–1998.
• Raffles Institution, 1993–1996.

Music Qualifications:

• Licentiate Diploma of the London College of Music (LLCM) in Piano Duet Performance (Approved, Upper Level—89 out of 100 marks; with Distinction), 21 August 2019.
• Grade 8 in Pianoforte Duet (with invitation to High Scorers' Concert—92 out of 100 marks; with Distinction), Trinity College London, 2003.
• Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM) in Piano Performing, 2003.
• Associateship Diploma of Trinity College London (ATCL) in Piano Recital, 2002.
• Teacher Grade of Yamaha Music Foundation Japan in Piano, 2000.
• Grade 8 in Solo Piano, Trinity College London, 2000.
• Teacher Grades of Yamaha Music Foundation Japan in Music Fundamentals, 1997; 1999.
• Grade 8 in Theory of Music, Trinity College London, 1996.
• Teacher Grades of Yamaha Music Foundation Japan in Electone, 1995; 1998.

Music Teaching Experience:

• Instructor (Piano, Electone, and Music Theory), Private Instruction, 1999 onwards.
• Instructor (Piano, and Music Theory), Methodist School of Music Singapore, 2007.
• Instructor (Piano, and Music Theory), Cristofori Music School Singapore, 2003–2006.

Music-based Accolades:

• Finalist, International Electone Concours—Osaka Japan, Yamaha Music Foundation Japan, 2 December 2017.
• Asia-Pacific Electone Festival Silver Prize (Senior Section), Yamaha Music Foundation Japan, 15 October 2017.
• Yamaha Electone Festival Singapore Grand Prix Award (Senior Section), Yamaha Music Foundation Japan, 24 June 2017.
• Singapore Electone Festival Distinguished Award, Yamaha Music Foundation Japan, 1996 (Junior Section); 1998 (Senior Section); 2000 (Senior Section).

Expected Rates

Commensurate with learning stages and goals

Available Timing

To coordinate with sincere students and their parents

Teaching Locations

  1. Any
  2. Others
  3. Own Place
  4. Admiralty
  5. Aljunied
  6. Ang Mo Kio
  7. Balestier
  8. Baungkok
  9. Bedok
  10. Bishan
  11. Boon Keng
  12. Boon Lay
  13. Braddell
  14. Bukit Batok
  15. Bukit Gombak
  16. Bukit Merah
  17. Bukit Panjang
  18. Bukit Timah
  19. Buona Vista
  20. Chai Chee
  21. Changi
  22. Chinatown
  23. Choa Chu Kang
  24. Clementi
  25. Commonwealth
  26. Dover
  27. East Coast
  28. Eunos
  29. Expo
  30. Farrer Park
  31. Ghim Moh
  32. Geylang
  33. Harbourfront
  34. Hill View
  35. Holland Village
  36. Hougang
  37. Jalan Besar
  38. Jalan Kayu
  39. Jurong East
  40. Jurong West
  41. Kallang
  42. Kampong Glam
  43. Katong
  44. Kembangan
  45. Khatib
  46. Kovan
  47. Kranji
  48. Lakeside
  49. Lim Chu Kang
  50. Little India
  51. Loyang
  52. Macpherson
  53. Marina Bay
  54. Marine Parade
  55. Marsiling
  56. Novena
  57. Orchard
  58. Outram Park
  59. Pasir Panjang
  60. Pasir Ris
  61. Paya Lebar
  62. Potong Pasir
  63. Punggol
  64. Queenstown
  65. Redhill
  66. River Valley
  67. Seletar
  68. Sembawang
  69. Sengkang
  70. Serangoon
  71. Siglap
  72. Simei
  73. Tampines
  74. Tanah Merah
  75. Tanjong Katong
  76. Tanjong Pagar
  77. Telok Blangah
  78. Thomson
  79. Tiong Bahru
  80. Toa Payoh
  81. Ubi
  82. Upper Bukit Timah
  83. Upper Thomson
  84. West Coast
  85. Whampoa
  86. Woodlands
  87. Woodleigh
  88. Yew Tee
  89. Yio Chu Kang
  90. Yishun

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