Lester

1) What motivates you to work with international students?
The challenge of communicating and speaking English is my number one issue — how to offer instructions and be sure students are able to understand me well. It’s also inspiring to see them pay close attention, listen to your guidance, and see them performing the right way before the end of the period.
2) What are two specific highlights of your training or education that you are most proud of — and that are most applicable to your teaching role at ISB?
I had my first exposure learning to read music at a very young age, as young as five years old, playing the clarinet through my late father’s teaching. I read classical charts at a young age.

I later switched and self-studied percussion, buying textbooks and DVDs. I watched live concerts and attended many workshops and several music camps in the city. I had the privilege of joining a local recording artist group, recording three albums and touring the country. Some people I met in the industry invited me to teach privately, and through research and study I developed methods and approaches to teaching.

3) Where have you lived most of your life? If not in Thailand, what brought you here?
My music career brought me here. I moved here 28 years ago from the Philippines.
4) Have you worked with students before in preparation for their taking music exams?
Yes. ​There are some students who have asked for tutoring in preparation for exams both abroad and locally such as the Trinity and Rockschool exams. I had the chance to guide one of our own ISB IMP program students, who is now a successful artist with his band in Australia.