ACADEMY

Peterson Sukhumviti 26 The Music Academy offers wide range of music lessons in different languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese and French. We will guide you all the way from your first beginner piano lessons to the professional levels. We offer a scheme of tuition suitable for students at different stages of ability in performance and theory. Starting from beginners to the advanced level. We ensure that students have a good grasp of musical theory and musicianship, providing a good grounding for the higher level of interpretative skill to perform the required works convincingly. 

The School aims to give every student the best possible chance of becoming an articulate and informed musician. We take great care to match the right student with the right teacher. Outstanding new teachers are regularly recruited; the curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated; we try to react quickly to - and to anticipate - changes in the profession. The School has been remarkably successful in producing pianists and piano teachers in this country. It is a happy place, where students are encouraged to play and experience music as much as possible, embracing a range of different genres and including both solo and ensemble playing. 

Our education director supervises the entire program, making sure all aspects of our teaching program meet Peterson’s high standards. Our curriculum helps students develop basic music theory, musicianship (ear training, viva voce, techniques) which necessary for students to interpret the piece that is required at their level.

Meet our Qualified Piano Teachers!

Learn How to Play Piano! We will guide you all the way from your first Beginner Piano Lessons to the Professional Levels.

Our experienced staff can help you book a trial piano lesson with the right teacher for you before signing up! Ask for info here.


Ms. Naoko Kato - Piano Teacher

She received a Bachelor’s degree from Musashino Academia Musicae in Japan, and a Masters’ degree in piano performance from Chicago Musical College in the U.S. in piano performance. She has started studying accompanying and chamber music since she was in the university. She started studying accompanying and chamber music since she was at the university, and she became a keyboardist at Chicago Civic Orchestra in 1997.

From 2000, Naoko has become guest pianist and exclusive pianist at Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Bangkok Opera, Bangkok Community Theater and more. In 2006, she was a soloist for piano concerto which was conducted by Mr. Hikotaro Yazaki of the MIE Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan. In 2011, she joined a Charity Concert “Pray for Japan” which started after a huge earthquake.

In 2014, Naoko had a solo recital in Bangkok. Since then, she has started perform in joint concerts with Ms. Eri Okuzawa(soprano). This year 2016, this joint concert will be held on 25th September.



Mr. Philippe Guihon-Herbet - Piano Teacher

Philippe Guilhon-Herbert is a French concert pianist and professor currently living in Bangkok.

He graduated from Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, first Prize piano and chamber music, and gave récitals and performances in Paris, Berlin, Münich, New York, Salzburg...

He recorded 8 awarded cds and had several special Prizes at International Competitions and Academy (Concours d'Orléans 2008, Académie Maurice Ravel..).

He is regularly invited to french Radio France musique, Radio Classique. And has over 10 years teaching experience as piano professor at Conservatoire du 6ème Paris. His repertoire includes many piano Concertos ( Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms) as well as 20th century composers (Ravel, Stravinsky, Prokoviev, Takemitsu...) For the last 5 years, he had the support of the Swiss Life Foundation, regarding to his concert and recordings activity in Europe.


Ms. Chinami Shibata - Piano Teacher

Ms. Chinami Shinbata started learning piano at the age of five with Hiroko Seyama, and at the age of ten she moved to Greece and continued learning the piano with Mrs.Tsaparis until age of 15 in Athens. She took up learning to play the drums when she was a high school student.

At the age of 27, she graduated as MA of SiIpakorn University and went back to playing the piano. She took professional lessons with Walter S. who is a Belgium piano teacher who lives in Bangkok. After two years of serious study with him she passed grade 8, AMEB,.

She still believes there is much to learn and that life experiences have much to teach you in how you perform while playing your music.

Ms. Chinami Shibata became a piano teacher since 1998, she has been teaching piano lessons in Thailand since the year 2000. She can speak English, Japanese and Thai. She also works for a coordinator between Thailand and Japan.

Her students are from Asian, Westerns, adults and children. All of her 100 students plus, have enjoyed learning music with her. She customizes her learning for each student according to their individual needs.

Ms. Chinami also prepares students for the courses LCM, ABRSM, and Trinity. To her credit none of her students have failed and most have achieved Distinctions or Merits in their exams.

Ms. Pancharee Ungpanya - Piano Teacher

Ms. Pancharee started learning piano at the age of 13 with Wannasiri Homsanit, one of a student of Piyabhand Sanitwongse, who is the national artist in performing arts in 1998. She studied with Jun Komatsu during 2005 – 2007 and Christopher Tutin in 2010. She performed at Piyabhand Sanitwongse's concert every year from 1990-1997.

She passed grade 8 piano exam at Trinity College London in 1998.

She have a lot of experience in teaching and taking students through their piano exams in both practical and theory at the Institute of London College of music (LCM) up to grade 8 for the last 16 years. She also has experience in teaching piano with children with special needs for the last 10 years.

Mr.Saithong (Ajarn Ken) - Piano Teacher 

Mr. Ken started his first piano lesson when he was 8 years old. He graduated in the music faculty from Chulalongkorn University major in piano performing and music education. During his education he has studied with Dr. Suwanna Wangsopon and Dr. Noppanan Janorrathaikul. He had a lot of experiences in performing on stage.

He performed on stage in piano solo, piano duet and piano ensemble. He was chosen to be a music teacher in Satit Chulalongkorn school.

Nowadays he is still studying with many famous pianists.


Mr. Karn Gularnupong (Ajarn Karn) - Piano Teacher

In terms of my educational background, He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, and then He gained a full scholarship for a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Conservatory of Music of Rangsit University. Afterwards, He finished a piano program from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney. Nowadays, He is doing a research for Doctor of Philosophy Program in Music at College of Music, Mahidol University.

Mr.Patommavat Thammachard (Ajarn Note) - Guitar Teacher

Ajarn Patommavat Thammachard (Ajarn Note) was born in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. He graduated Suan Sunandtha Rajabhat University in 2010. Mr. Thammachard and is a 2014  graduate of Indiana state university, earning a Master of Music degree in guitar performance at Indiana state.


He started his professional career as a rock guitarist and in 2004-2008 was a progressive rock guitarist in "Ize-Scream", which  mostly performed around Hua-Hin and Bangkok, Thailand. 

Then, in 2006, he changed the direction to classical guitar. Note was influenced by many professional classical guitarists. He studied with his father until 2007, then studied classical guitar with Worakarn Saengsomboon, Kajohn Thamthong, Prasong Phoninn, and Dr. Brent McPike. 

 

In 2010, he was the first winner of both the Yamaha Acoustic Guitar Competition and Bangkok International Classical Guitar Competition in Thailand. Recent performances have included participation in the 2011 Philippines International Guitar Festival and 2013 Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival. He was a winner of the Paul W. Hagan Concerto Competition

Mr.Nitit Banjerdtavorn (Ajarn Man) - Cello Teacher

Born in Bangkok in 1990, Nitit Banjerdtavorn is an energetic and outgoing individual

He developed great passion, understanding and appreciation for music from a young age. As a young boy, he learnt and grew fond of the cello at his Christian church.

From age 15, he studied under the tutelage of the prize winning Mr. Marcin Tomasz Szawelski at the College of Music, Mahidol University and from 2014 to present, studied with Mr.Martin Grund.

In 2009, in his final year at the college, he was honored to receive a scholarship for his grades.

Then in 2010 he received a further scholarship to begin studying Music Education at Mahidol University

In 2014 graduate from Mahidol University in Music Education, he has been tour and competition outside Thailand for example 1st place summa cum laude international in catagory of symphony , and been to tour in Europe and American ,Now  he is  an active member of Siam Sinofornieta ,Siam Philharmonic Orchestra ,Thailand’s Sanctuary Orchestra.

Mr.Damrongpol Dulsri (Ajarn Ball) - Flute Teacher

Music Education

Graduated from Art Facualty major in ดุริยางคศาสตร์สากล Srinakharinwirot University : GPA 3.46

Music Experience

2544    Win the second price from the "Asian Symphonic Band Competition No.3
2546    win the first price from the "Asian Symphonic Band Competition No.5
2547    Win the second price from the "Asian Symphonic Band Competition No.6
2548    Win the second price from the "Asian Symphonic Band Competition No.7
2549    Win the second price from Asian Symphonic Band Competition No. 8
2550    Win the first price and get the King's Cup from the Asian Symphonic Band Competition No. 9
2551    Attended the flute seminar with TIMF Academy , Korea
2554    Attended the seminar "The Sound Master The Professional AudioConference
2557    Passed the audition to join "Rangsit Yamaha Wind Orchestra 2014" in the position of head of flute players

A trainer for Shmphony orchestra at Sai Nampung School and Naree Seuksa School for student's marching band competition for king's cup no. 33 and get the 3rd price

2559    A trainer for Shmphony orchestra at Naree Seuksa School for student's marching band competition for king's cup no. 33 and get the 2nd price

Mr.Wittaya Payakkasem – Violin Teacher

Violin Performance Studio (Advanced teaching)

This class is for students who are aiming for a professional music career. 

Effective stage performances and competition preparations will be the focus of lessons. Scales, Unaccompanied Bach Sonatas and Violin Concertos will mostly be challenged. Various technical demanding caprices such as Paganini or Ernst will be used in place of method books. 

For those students who are already enrolling in post graduate musical institutes will be expected to learn Violin Concertos and/or Orchestra excerpts for professional orchestra auditions.


Violin Education Studio (Beginner – Intermediate) 

For students who have less experience or who are new to violin will be learning with certain method books such as Suzuki or LCM books. Students will learn to play violin with accurate rhythms, intonations and, most importantly, correct hand positions and shapes. LCM and Festival preparations will be delivered upon student request.