PGCE Music Secondary Education: London Metropolitan University, UK.
Post-Graduate Advanced Certificate: The Royal Academy of Music, UK.
B.A. (Hons)Music: Major-Orchestra , Minor- Piano
Ms Myeong Jae Kim is from London but was originally born in Seoul, South Korea.
She began her career teaching ensembles and orchestra at the RAM’s Junior Academy in London in recognition for her exceptional passion and proficiency for teaching and performing music during her post-graduate studies at this world-renowned music institution.
She has been teaching music in both Britain and abroad in prestigious music education centres including the Royal Academy of Music as well as universities - mainly nurturing the next generation of professional musicians and training music educators. After completing her PGCE in London (attaining a distinction for her teaching practice), she taught music at many British schools in both the state and the private sector for over 16 years.
She previously enjoyed a distinguished performing career as a professional cellist playing in the UK, Europe and Asia. She has been playing the piano since she was 2 and the cello since she was 11. She had performed as a member of professional orchestras in many different countries including the World Symphony Orchestra & the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was also specially trained by the RAM to nurture musical prodigies and managed to adopt these music teaching methods in her own school for pupils from diverse backgrounds at all ages (infant to adult) from beginner to professional level where she was able to achieve outstanding performance results within 3 years.
She transferred these teaching techniques to UK secondary schools extremely successfully, raising pupil performance standards beyond their expectations. Since taking responsibility for preparing students for Music GCSE exams at both state schools where she had been working, their overall pass rate rose from 70% to 96% - 52 out of 54 pupils passed GCSE Music and 60% to 100 % at her private school: one of the best exam results in these schools’ history. Her GCSE Music pupils consistently attained a 100% exam pass rate from 2012 - 2018 in the UK before she arrived at Sri KDU International School. She also taught A-level students while she was working at St Aloysius College in the UK.
She has founded & directed junior and senior school orchestras at all the schools she has worked for in the UK as well as leading music events in school and contributing to the wider community outside school to raise its public profile. She possesses an extraordinary plethora of music teaching experience ranging from pedagogically challenging comprehensive schools to highly privileged private academies in the UK as well as managing a myriad of extra-curricular activities catering for all different styles of music including pop, rock, jazz, western classical & world music. This is why her previous private school in the UK was filled with music all the time in every corner of the department while she was working as Head of Music there.
She has also directed many school musicals in both state and private schools. Since joining Sri KDU in September 2018 she also founded Sri KDU international school orchestra in response to requests from students in December 2018 as well as running many different ensembles & choirs. She also launched the school’s inaugural instrumental programme from October 2019. She hopes to grow many more musical groups which can enrich the hearts and minds of our students as happened in all the schools she had taught at in the UK.
She loves discovering and preparing various international recipes from different culinary traditions from around the world which promote the benefits of consuming healthy cuisine containing nutritional ingredients. She also loves going swimming & skiing as well as reading biographies about leading historical figures from all over the world.