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DE Orientation Dec 19

New hires will attend an Orientation within their first 6 months of employment to understand what MDS is all about and be equipped with information to help them with handling customers and lessons delivery.

We just hired our 87th educator in this past decade. . . .

 

Gladiolus Place

My Drum School partnered with Gladiolus Place, a non-profit Christian healing home, to provide four 2-hr sessions of drumming to 12 teenage girls. Drum Educator Sydni volunteered and conducted lessons at their location.

Through these 8 hours, we wanted to provide an opportunity for the girls to learn drums. Part of the home’s mission is instill positive learning attitude in the girls through learning an instrument (perseverance, discipline). And for those who are more musically inclined to discover their talents and be able to perform in the future.

Sydni’s personal thoughts: “The students I’ve been teaching are of higher SES who are able to afford drum lessons but there are also others who are not so fortunate to attend private music lessons. I’ve also seen the benefits of learning a musical instrument through a child’s developing years. So it got me thinking if there is anything we can do for the less fortunate and when my friend approached me to teach drums at GP, I thought it was a great opportunity for me to volunteer my time. And I am also thankful to MDS for the resources they provided.”

Trevor’s Talk at school

Trevor Koh, Customer Relations Manager, spoke at this Secondary School (Bedok Sec) to about 800 students today. He shared about his music journey, struggles, life after secondary school and provided tips for students who wants to take up music as a career in future. He also gave insights for Secondary 1 students to consider taking music as a GCE O level subject.

We are very proud of Trevor’s accomplishments at My Drum School.

Trevor was the first MDS Student to start as a Beginner 1 student (back in 2011), and to graduate with his Drum Diploma at My Drum School in 2017. Upon taking lessons for a year, he began working as a Part-Time Educator. He joined another year later as a Full-Time Educator in 2013. Today, he is a Manager who runs a department in My Drum School while teaching his 50 students weekly.

Congrats Trevor!

12th Founders’ Day

.:: 12th Founders’ Day ::.
We celebrated our 12th Founders’ Day at My Drum School yesterday night. It was an eventful meeting and big milestone for the school. In the Bible, The number 12 is an important one when it comes to numerology since it signifies completion. The meaning of 12, which is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation.

As we approach our 12th year as a company, we have been through thick and thin in the industry. Especially in difficult times, we learn to control costs, satisfy our employees and customers better, and become more transparent. It’s in difficult times that we build character in our Company. For me, it’s not just about staying ahead of the competition, it became something more. During these 12 years, God taught me about being responsible in providing leadership, stability , trust, and direction as the Founder. And, finally, we have been refined and shaped with a more solid foundation in the school.

There’s much to be said about the culture at MDS (read more http://culture.mds.sg) . We make it a point to wear our core values on our sleeves, and we are honest and open to each other, often correcting in love. Not every hire is a good fit, I’ll admit, and we did lose some good people along the way who didn’t share the vision. But the team structure today is pretty strong to run the next mile.

Yesterday, we were singing “God is blessing you now … God is blessing you now..!” This was important for me, because without God the company is nothing. Our customers are familiar with our tag line “We Are Serious About Drumming” but not many know we also have an internal tag line. Some may have noticed it during our Educators’ Day Video we released each year. It’s “Making a Difference in every Student”.

You will find the letters “MDS” embedded in the sentence making it easy for us employees to remember. The Lord has graciously blessed us, and we are to be a blessing to others by using every opportunity to be a blessing to our students and make a difference in their lives. That’s how we want to treat our professionalism, integrity and brand.
My wish for MDS employees is to always serve our customers well and leave a legacy forward.

I would like to thank my staff team, especially Jenny Chui Joel Seah Trevor Koh Rui Rong James Poppoppo Andrew Christal J. Kuna Ong Guo Ping Huang Desmond Chung Siyang Jason Luo Bai Jiaxing Selvy Novella Edna Soh Christine Ng Solomon Soh Chang Wai Kiat Joycelyn Daryl , for entrusting me to lead the Company strategic direction. I look forward everyday to go to work because of you guys.

In fact, right after the celebration meeting, I went to attend the wake of one of my staff’s close relative at 1am. Because I really felt incomplete when I’m celebrating and one of my staff is mourning. This is my family. And we will protect, defend and be there for each other in good and bad times.
Thank you everyone.

Happy 12th Founders’ Day.

Guo Ping’s Career Milestone Trip

Guo Ping, our Quality Assurance Specialist at My Drum School, attended Mike Johnston’s Drum Camp in September 2019. It was Guo Ping’s first time to USA and attending a drum camp.

 

Listen to his vlog as he captures his Career Milestone Trip during the 5-Day Camp. Mike is one of the pioneering drum educators who successfully created a career based on remote online education, starting from his youtube channel to his website, mikeslessons.com. He runs 10 drum camps a year as well as various clinics across the world – and will be visiting My Drum School in Singapore very soon this November! Follow us on Facebook to get updated on details 🙂

== Career Milestone Trip ==

Dedication should never go poorly rewarded—that is why My Drum School has come up with the Career Milestone Trip program to duly reward its employees on top of their salaries and bonuses. After working at MDS for four years, full-time employees are granted a trip (paid!) to anywhere in the world. A sum will be set aside for each employee and this amount will be used for an overseas travel to a location of choice with all accommodation, meals, and daily expenses fully paid. Any excess or extension of stay will be borne by the employee. This trip will also require a mandatory short course of choice that is related to our scope of work. It can be a form of drum camp, private workshops, summer program, trade show, or conference.

Educators’ Day 2019

For this year’s Educator’s Day, we tested the creativity of our full-time employees by giving them a random topic to present. Random slides, randoms charts, random everything!

We’ve chosen a few of the good ones for your viewing pleasure. Everything you see is improvised on the spot. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

As we celebrate this Educator’s Day, let’s appreciate the hard work of all our drum teachers and staff. We are committed to make a difference in each student.

In the video:

Christine Ng – Accounts Officer
Joel Seah – Head of Operations
Jason Luo – Curriculum Specialist
Guo Ping – Quality Assurance Specialist

Arthur Kam Drum Clinic

Arthur Kam Drum Clinic at My Drum School 18/08/2019

“To understand a particular genre well, you have to go that deep; you have to take the extra mile and understand their culture. It’s more than just transcribing and switching on the metronome.”

The Sunday night of 18th August 2019 was nothing short of inspiring. It was a privilege for us to have Arthur’s presence in GAME @ MDS, and to be awed not just by his sweet tone and tasty lick on the drums, but also by the depth of his musical insight and wisdom.

In this 80-min masterclass, our Drum Educators were treated to Arthur’s drum performance over various groovy tracks, such as those from Kaz Rodriguez, Kevin Powell, and Dave Weckl. He also shared with us some deep insight into how he acquired his sound and understanding of music; how he went deep into the study of African-American history and culture during his time in Berklee, and even to the extent of playing drums in traditional black churches, simply to gain more understanding and appreciation of music styles such as RnB, Gospel, and Hip Hop.

Here’s a video we did for a session with our Educators:

Written By James Gunawan (Quality Assurance Manager)

About Arthur: Arthur Kam was a Malaysian child prodigy hitting big stages with various artists locally and internationally from the age of 7. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Productions. Performed for the Berklee Singer Showcase, Gospel Night and The Harry Belafonte Tribute. He does many of the Berklee Recitals, plays for a General Business (GB) Band as well as recordings for the Contemporary Writing & Production department and Music Production & Engineering (MP&E) Projects involving students and faculties.

 

About GAME: The GAME (Guest Artist Masterclass – Exclusive) at MDS are free private masterclass sessions available only to the employees at My Drum School. These in-house events brings local and international drum artists to MDS for our drum educators to keep growing and learning. We believe that we should always feed our minds, so as to give more to our students.

Christal’s Career Milestone Trip

Our Curriculum Team Manager Christal J. Kuna recently spent some time in California attending Mike Johnston’s advanced drum camp from 17 – 21 July 2019. She recorded a vlog of both the travel and camp experience from start to finish, and even edited the whole video herself!

 

Mike is one of the pioneering drum educators who successfully created a career based on remote online education, starting from his youtube channel to his website, mikeslessons.com. He runs 10 drum camps a year as well as various clinics across the world – and will be visiting My Drum School in Singapore very soon this November! Follow us on Facebook to get updated on details 🙂

Special thanks to Ricardo Ramirez (@richydrums) for some bonus footage used in this vlog!

 

== Career Milestone Trip ==

Dedication should never go poorly rewarded—that is why My Drum School has come up with the Career Milestone Trip program to duly reward its employees on top of their salaries and bonuses. After working at MDS for four years, full-time employees are granted a trip (paid!) to anywhere in the world. A sum will be set aside for each employee and this amount will be used for an overseas travel to a location of choice with all accommodation, meals, and daily expenses fully paid. Any excess or extension of stay will be borne by the employee. This trip will also require a mandatory short course of choice that is related to our scope of work. It can be a form of drum camp, private workshops, summer program, trade show, or conference.

DE Night at Hopheads Bar (Jun 19)

By James Pang, Managing Director

Every year, My Drum School staff will organize a night of fun-filled activities to chill and bond together. Last year we headed to Scape for some board gaming. This year, we decided to have some bar games. The quality of relationships we build and foster matters as this is our great MDS culture.

We kick-started the evening at Hopshead Bar with our Main Course (Burger, Pizza, Pasta). It was followed by a 3-game knock-out tournament: Pool, Darts, and Foosball

Solomon’s Career Milestone Trip

Solomon Soh, Technical Executive at My Drum School Headquarters, attended The Vault Conference in Dallas Texas from May 1-4, 2019. Solomon captures his experiences and shares his journey through a vlog. He also visits London for some R&R activities during this Career Milestone Trip.

The Vault is a 3 day conference with Patrick Bet-David to help Entrepreneurs, CEO’s and Executives get clear on what they need to do to reach their individual capacity. This is the first ever Valuetainment Conference and it will be known as the brand that inspired the next generation of great leaders, minds, innovators and Entrepreneurs around the world.

 

== Career Milestone Trip ==

Dedication should never go poorly rewarded—that is why My Drum School has come up with the Career Milestone Trip program to duly reward its employees on top of their salaries and bonuses. After working at MDS for four years, full-time employees are granted a trip (paid!) to anywhere in the world. An estimate sum of up to $3,500 will be set aside for each employee and this amount will be used for an overseas travel to a location of choice with all accommodation, meals, and daily expenses fully paid. Any excess or extension of stay will be borne by the employee. This trip will also require a mandatory short course of choice that is related to our scope of work. It can be a form of drum camp, private workshops, summer program, trade show, or conference.