MUSIC 'UNBOXING'


Day 1, Friday

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Classical Guitar and Ukulele Construction


Adolfo Timuat Toyoda (Guitarist & Luthier)

Topic Description:

In this topic we discuss about how classical guitar is made in Spain from the selection of wood, seasoning, bending the sides, and assembly without the use of molds. I will also discuss about the difference of a classical guitar to a flamenco guitar. We will also talk about finishing the guitar using French polishing etc.

The ukulele is a smaller version of a guitar with 4 strings it’s origin begins from Portugal and became very popular in Hawaii becoming a ukulele. We will compare and discuss about the differences compared to the ukulele etc.

Day 1, Friday

2:45 – 3:45 PM


How to Select the ”Right” Music: From the Applied Perspectives


Dr Garry Kuan (Violinist, Music & Sport Therapist) & Lee Wan Zhen (Physiotherapist)

Topic Description:

Music can be coordinated with the task of facilitating the specific goals of the applied settings. Such music should be matched with both the sociocultural upbringing of the clients and the nature of the activity. Also, music can parallel the level of arousal required. Finding effective music is only one half of the task of harnessing the power of music. The other half involves coordinating music with specific activities, which will provide the maximum benefit for applied perspectives. In this workshop, we will discuss the use of music questionnaire known as the Brunel Music Rating Inventory-3 (BMRI-3) for the use of applied work.

Other psychophysiological measures such as electroencephalogram (EEG), electromyography (EMG), respiration, heart rate variability, galvanic skin response, and peripheral temperature will also be explained. We will also consider issues related to the understanding of how music works, the selection of music and the practical application of integrating music to facilitate relaxation, increase the level of arousal or to be in the zone of optimal state.

Finally, we will conclude by noting how, through all these researches, new knowledge has contributed to a better understanding of the ubiquitous of integrating music into practice.

Day 2, Saturday

10:45 – 11:45 AM


Encountering Bach

Dr. David Chin (Conductor)

Topic Description:

Dr. David Chin, along with prominent Bach scholars and musicians will take us to take us to Leipzig in Germany, the city where Bach lived and worked for the last 27 years of his life, and discover the interesting stories and wonderful music of J.S. Bach, with musical excerpts performed by renowned musicians from around the world. (With No Q&A)

Day 2, Saturday

2:45 – 3:45 PM


The Difference in between Stradivarius and other String Instruments


Shotaro Nishimura (String Luthier)

Topic Description:

For the first half, we will be exploring “ Sound and Vision”, which features Stradivari's comeback in Cremona and a visit to our workshop to observe contemporary violin making.

In the second half of this session, the talk will highlight the differences between the handmade violins, old violins and contemporary violins in the following three aspects:

  • Material and Quality of work

  • Price and How to Differentiate?

  • Sound

(With No Q&A)

Day 3, Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 AM


Acquiring the Perfect Piano - New/Used?


Dr.Yeoh Li Zhi (Piano Technician & Horn Player)

Topic Description:

Piano is one of the most valuable investments for individual/family to have. What are amongst the best valued pianos? At Florida State University, we have 100-year old pianos that withhold the test of time, let us share with you the top-quality musical instruments and the stories behind them.

Day 3, Sunday

11:15 – 12:15 AM

Ethnomusicology and it's Challenges: A Perspective from Borneo

Dr.Chong Pek Lin (Ethnomusicologist)

Topic Description:

She begins with an examination of the meaning of ethnomusicology, illustrating this with the achievements of prominent ethnomusicologists such as Béla Bartók. Drawing on 20 years of research in upriver Sarawak, she describes the unique challenges facing an ethnomusicologist in Borneo. With the help of video-clips she then describes how she has brought Kenyah songs from the longhouse to the urban stage and the modern classroom.