The students focus watching Stephanie Ting (centre) showing the demo on playing keyboard.
SMK St Thomas principle Robin Sabai (front, 10th left) with Maestro Music School director Jeniffer Eng (11th left), teachers, and students poses in a group photo during Music Therapy Programme at SMK St Thomas, Kuching. Photos: MOHD ALIF NONI

KUCHING: Over 200 students and teachers of SMK St Thomas here took part in a music therapy programme conducted by Maestro Music School.

Maestro Music School director Jennifer Eng said the programme was a way of helping those involved forget about stress.

The students focus watching Stephanie Ting (centre) showing the demo on playing keyboard.

“Instead of turning to quick fixes, we use music to reset their minds for a while,” she explained.

Jennifer has been in this line for over 20 years.

Eng (left) with her students performing for the audience.

She was not alone on stage as three of her students accompanied her, playing keyboards and violin.

Eng (second left) with her students playing the music instruments while one of the teachers perform a song.

SMK St Thomas principal Robin Sabai also joined them at one point, belting out an 80s hit Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx to the delight of the school.

Sabai also sing a song for the audience.

Two students then took over with the song Perfect by global megastar Ed Sheeran, prompting a singalong from their peers.

Jennifer and her team kept the amazing atmosphere alive by performing Calum Scott’s hit song You Are The Reason.

The students enjoying the music.

“This song is about you. You are the reason we are here today!” she said before this final song.

The students waved their arms in the air, and sang their hearts out when it came to the chorus.

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Later, Sabai praised Jennifer and her team for giving the school a wonderful show, saying: “Music enables people to appreciate art. Music is the food for our souls.”

“It’s not just an extra-curricular activity. In fact, we can see how it impacts our students in such a positive way,” Sabai added.


A Form Two student, Shaamaran, said he was captivated by the performances of Maestro’s music students.

Another student, Isaac Ningkan, 16, sees himself going down a musical path much like his sister Sasha, who is now chasing her dreams in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Jennifer, Maestro, located at CityONE Megamall, offers intensive music programmes.

The excited students trying their hand at the keyboard.

“Instead of taking two years, students can learn to play the keyboard within three months through our intensive classes,” she elaborated.

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