soundskool opened its doors to the general public in Siem Reap with a big grand opening event. The grand opening was on Sunday 24th March and families, musicians, teachers or anyone interested in starting to learn music came. The day was jam packed with wonderful activities including Q and A’s on why music education is important in Cambodia, music performances from teachers, competition giveaways, instrument demos and many more.

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soundskool is an amazing all-in-one music school & store company offering international music standards and international RSL (RockSchool) Certification. The soundskool music shop sells global top brands such as Fender and Roland.

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Mey Mey is the store supervisor for soundskool in Siem Reap. Mey Mey joined soundskool back in 2017 as part of the sales team. Her hardworking and adaptable attitude resulted in her quickly moving up in the company where she managed soundskool’s second store in Phnom Penh before moving to Siem Reap. She is a friendly and motivated soundskool employee and is excited to be running soundskool’s first store in Siem Reap.

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She was quoted in saying

“soundskool is my family,  soundskool is my life, all for one and one for all. I am excited to be the manager of the new store in Siem Reap I can’t wait to see the progression of all the new students that will be joining our wonderful school and the incredible musicians that will benefit from our new store”.

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For more information please visit:

www.soundskool.asia or Soundskool music Cambodia Facebook


ពេល​ដែល​ចង់​រៀន​ភ្លេង អ្វីដែល​យើង​គិត​ឃើញ​មុន​គេ​គឺ​បើក​យូធូប​មើល​ហើយ​រៀន​លេង​ភ្លេង​តាម​គេ​។ ធ្វើ​អញ្ចឹង​ស្រួល​ហើយ​អត់​អស់​លុយ​ច្រើន​ទៀត គ្រាន់​តែ​ទៅ​ទិញ​ឧបករណ៍​ភ្លេង​ដែល​យើង​ចង់​ចេះ​មក​ចប់​ហើយ​។

ប៉ុន្តែច្បាស់អត់ថាជម្រើសហ្នឹងល្អសម្រាប់យើង?

ដើម្បីអោយសម្រេចចិត្តអោយបានកាន់តែច្បាស់យើងនឹងផ្ដល់ពីគុណសម្បត្តិនិងគុណវិបត្តិថា រៀនភ្លេងខ្លួនឯងល្អអត់?

 

+គុណសម្បត្តិ៖

   -ថវិកា៖ ក្នុងការរៀនភ្លេងដោយខ្លួនឯង គឺយើងមិនចាំបាច់ចំណាយលុយឡើយ ឬបើយើងចង់រៀនតាមអុីនធឺណែតក៍មិនចំណាយលុយច្រើនលើវាដែរ។

   -ពេលណាក៍បាន៖ បើសិនយើងបង្រៀនខ្លួនឯង យើងអាចរៀបចំពេលរៀនពេលណាក៍បានអាស្រ័យលើកាលវិភាគ និងការចង់បានរបស់យើងរៀងៗខ្លួន។ ឧទាហរណ៍ បើសិនជាយើងរវល់ពេញពីរសប្ដាហ៍ អញ្ចឹងយើងអាចរៀបកាលវិភាគនៅពេលដែលយើងទំនេរ ឬក៍ពេលដែលយើងមានអារម្មណ៍ថាចង់រៀនវិញក៍បាន។ គ្មានអ្នកណារអ៊ូដាក់យើងឡើយ។

   -មិនប្រឈមច្រើន៖ បើរៀនដោយខ្លួនឯង យើងមិនចាំបាច់បង្ហាញគេថាខ្លួនឯងលេងភ្លេងខុសយ៉ាងម៉េចខ្លះទេ អញ្ចឹងហើយយើងអត់ខ្មាសគេ។ ចាំបង្ហាញគេ ពេលយើងចេះស្ទាត់ល្អជាង មិនអញ្ចឹង?

 

+គុណវិបត្តិ៖

   -គ្មានអ្នកវិនិច្ឆ័យលើការសិក្សា៖ បើសិនជាយើងធ្វើអោយមានកំហុសអ្វីមួយ តែយើងមិនដឹងខ្លួនឯង អញ្ចឹងយើងធ្វើដូចម្ដេចអាចកែរវាបានបើសិនជាអត់មានគ្រូផង? ជួនកាលយើងអាចដាក់ដៃខុស ឬដាក់ជើងខុសក៍ថាបាន ហើយបើសិនជាយើងអាចដឹងពីកំហុសខ្លួនឯង ប៉ុន្តែវាអាចនឹងត្រូវការរយ:ពេលយូរទម្រាំដឹង។

   -ពន្យាពេល៖ ដោយសារតែអត់មានគ្រូ គ្មានកាលវិភាគច្បាស់លាស់​ អញ្ចឹងយើងចង់រៀនពេលណា៎ ហ្វឹកហាត់ពេលណា៎គឺស្រេចចិត្តយើងទាំងអស់។ អញ្ចឹងហើយការហ្វឹកហាត់ និងរៀនភ្លេងនឹងត្រូវបានពន្យារហូត។

   -អស់ការជំរុញទឹកចិត្ត៖ នៅពេលដែលយើងមានអារម្មណ៍ថារៀនចាប់លែងសូវបាន យូរៗទៅយើងនឹងអស់អារម្មណ៍ក្នុងការហ្វឹកហាត់បន្ត។ បន្ទាប់មកយើងអាចនឹងបោះបង់ចោលក្នុងការរៀនលេងភ្លេង ទោះបីជាយើងដឹងច្បាស់ក្នុងចិត្តថាបើយើងចេះស្ទាត់ នោះយើងនឹងសប្បាយចិត្តប៉ុណ្ណាក៍ដោយ។

 

 


Hey there guys!

Did you know that we held a Khmer New Year music performance?

Our talented students played great, and once again it was very impressive of our students that they are brave enough to have their own performance in front of a crowd and to show how talented they are. Well done!

Of course, this comes as no surprise given our amazing teachers (lol!)

Check our Facebook post for complete photos >> 


Dear Parents, Students and Friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful time learning music at SoundsKool, please note the important changes below:

From 2018 we are adopting Cambodia’s International School Calendars. This means we are changing our event schedule and billing too.

New Music Study Term from 2018:

ONE TO ONE LESSONS (Private Lessons)

There will only be Two Semesters per year (Jan-June and July-December). This means that the term of study matches that of international schools. It will be easier for families to plan holidays and know when our term starts again. 

Existing students will be automatically switched, and billing will be adjusted. Check out payment options on the registration page >> Note that there is a 12% discount if you pay early.

New student can join at any time, even in the middle of the semester. Your billing will be adjusted so you pay only what you owe.

ADULT LESSONS

Adults have now an upgraded study option – you can still enjoy taking music lessons even with a busy working life! Study anytime between Monday and Friday 9am to 2pm, and access special rates. You can switch, swap or move lessons as many times as you wish within the semester (around 5-6 months).

GROUP LESSONS 

If you are taking group lessons (KoolKids, or any other group), note that the term of study will be of around 9-10 lessons depending on the semester. Billing is charged monthly and there will be a one month deposit.

FEES OVERVIEW

For an overview of our fees, visit the registration page >> and if you have any enquiries simply call our School Desk on 023 211 416

We hope you find these changes helpful, and happy practice!

PS – A letter from the school will be sent shortly about this article, including some interesting offers and discounts on pianos and guitars!


Dear Parents and Students!

Check out these cool events in December – to book your place follow below:

Miss Leak 012 454 621 (School) / Miss Mey 012 698 349 (Instruments)

FREE Guitar lesson

Piano day Gabi revision

Family day Gabi

Guitar day Gabi Revision


Our Summer Music Camp in Phnom Penh kicks off in August – Yeah!

Enroll Now Here >> or Call 012 454 621 to enroll over the phone.

Below are details:

  • When? August 2016 (from 1st to 29th)
  • What? Learn Keyboard or Guitar or Drums
  • Where? Street 178, Near Sisowath High School.
  • How Many Hours? 10 Lessons = 10 Hours
  • How Much? $99 per student (includes student bag and course material)

 

 

 

TAKE 2 FRIENDS = 10% discount!

 


Music School Workshops by SoundsKool – at ELT

Here at the latest workshops (June 2016) from our tour of ELT Schools – those include the ELT Institute as well as the Elementary, Primary & Secondary campuses too!

It was great fun, and had a great response from students and parents. Even the school teachers were at it.

We showed both  guitar and keyboard courses, helped by SoundsKool music teachers, with many students excited to have the chance to hold or touch those for the first time. It was great to see Khmer children and teens have a passion for music and we wouldn’t be surprised if many of those will pick up an instrument in the future.

Some time ago, one of our teachers – drummer Matthew Millar – held an interview with Khmer Times. An interesting short read if you have time.

Khmer Times – Article on Soundskool > click here

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SoundsKool begins music lessons at ELT Schools, in Cambodia. The two schools have joined forces to offer music courses in the main campuses of ELT (Toul Kork, and Phsar Kandal), in Phnom Penh.

Music courses at ELT will be offered from July/August 23rd 2016, pricing is $99 per term.

Here’s 10 reasons to study music at ELT!

  1. Learn GUITAR / KEYBOARD in just a few lessons
  2. Learn Music in groups, with your friends
  3. Take lessons right here in your school
  4. Experienced and Professional teachers
  5. Learn from USA original music books
  6. Play on Original Yamaha and Aria instruments
  7. Rent your instrument for one term, and 100% money back if you buy it!
  8. You can perform at end-of-term Concert
  9. Dedicated Facebook Music Group
  10. Receive a certificate at end of term

Are you are an ELT student, or interested in taking music classes at ELT? Register today, with your friends, simple ask your school’s reception!

Learn more about ELT, Click Here >>


Learn Piano in Cambodia – Piano Styles 

In Cambodia, there are a few music schools, most of which will focus on the so-called ‘traditional method’. You will be taught to read music, to write it down, to analyze it and perform it. This is the standard way of learning in the West. However, this is only a base instruction useful only to those who take this to the next level.

Adaptation for the Khmer student is necessary to ensure sustainable propagation of piano playing in Cambodia.

It is important that the student understands that there are several styles possible on the piano. It may seem rediculous to the western teacher, but, in Cambodia, most think of the piano as producing ‘one type of sound’ or only ‘one style’. This is due to superficial nature of TV programs that present musical content, especially on TV.

Classical music is present only sporadically in the region, whereas Jazz is seen as dinner entertainment at best, if you can find any at all. Local and international Pop instead has huge reach in Cambodia and that’s what everybody wants to play.

K-Pop (Korean Pop) has been a hit, so even a song like River Flows in You (by Yiruma, a Korean pianist) are extremely popular (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXeValS-RMM).

Below is a short description of the 3 main piano styles, with example videos. This is not a definitive guide, rather a little help for Khmer students and teachers to identify the style that best suits them.

 

  • Classical Piano Music

The term Classical Music is used to demark the Classical period in Western Music (1732 to 1827, the birth date of J. Haydn and the death of L.V.Beethoven, respectively).

Wrongly, however, most  music dating from 1650 to 1900 is referred to as Classical Music – this is a simplification used by record labels and enthusiasts to easily demark a period before Film, Jazz, Rock and Roll and Electronic music. Classical Music is deeply rooted within keyboard instruments, as most composers would write whilst sitting on the harpsichord or the piano.

Classical piano playing is perhaps the most technically demanding of all styles, with years of study required to master even simple compositions. Classical piano in Cambodia has a very high drop-out rate because students wrongly enroll in these courses without truly understanding what is their goal. Continue reading


Cambodia would benefit from implementing music education at school level leveraging its unique NGO FDI economic climate, and how in just a decade the country could reap rewards at International level.

With Cambodia still dealing with the consequences of attempting all-out communism, it would be surprising if the topic of western musical development were to be heard outside the musical establishment. If one exists at all. The implementation of a music syllabus to run at K12 that even remotely resembles those of the UK or the US is almost unfathomable, because a country resolving issues such as health, sanitation, transportation, infrastructures, core education, and banking regulation would rightly not allocate its resources in the apparently trivial dilemma on how to teach kids how to strum a guitar. Right?

Welcome to Venezuela, then. A country that has suffered even more complex political broils, if perhaps not so deadly. A country that until recently run straight socio-economic, politic and demographic parallels with today’s Cambodia. A country with similar characters, whether that of heroes, revolutionists, and villains.

Sooner rather than later, Cambodia will have to play its aces on the International stage. Will Cambodia be known for its swimmers, actors, designers, filmmakers or musicians?

Fortunately, we have a case study:

In 1975, Venezuelan musician and activist Jose Antonie Abreu adopted a system of musical education for impoverished youths. Starting with 11 students, he eventually steered a chamber orchestra to a Youth Orchestral Award in Scotland in 1976. It was then that the government saw the opportunity, but under the tutelage of the Ministry of social services, not the Ministry of Culture as one would guess. It was a social project. It was a plan to save the country.

El Sistema  has since catapulted Venezuela’s artistic standing to amongst the highest in the world. The numbers are great too, with an incredible 700,000 youth musicians in over 400 centers today, El Sistema has single-handedly saved of millions of youths from a life of drugs, crime, and economic enslavement.

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