Pop Piano lessons
for kids

The piano lessons we offer for kids are designed to be fun and practical without compromising on proper piano techniques such as playing postures and fingerings. Your child will learn the skills necessary for modern musicians, such as improvisation and playing by ear, both solo and accompaniment. Designed in conjunction with the P.B.E.Syllabus™, this course provides a stress-free, interactive learning environment for your child.

Pop Piano lessons for kids (administrative information):

Course title: P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Junior Course (for kids)
Mode of coaching: one-on-one lessons 
Age requirement: for 5-12 years old
Lesson duration:  45  minutes
Lessons frequency: 1 lesson per week
Prerequisite: Zero music background
Available levels: P.B.E.S™ Grade 1 – 8

Children with zero background can enroll to P.B.E.S™ Grade 1. Upon enrollment, students will receive the following

a) P.B.E.S™ Student Edition Textbook
b)  Exclusive account for P.B.E.S™ App
c)  Free usage  of our practice studios
d)  Free scores transcribing service

Request for school fees

Learn the right way to play Piano

Playing note for note and memorizing notes is the WRONG way to learn piano. (Watch video below to understand) Grade 1-8 etc., usually refer to classical piano grades. To pass, you literally memorize and play the exam pieces well enough to convince the examiners. The cycle continues as each grade is passed yearly.

Here’s what’s wrong. Ask any friend with classical training to play a simple song for you. E.g. happy birthday. Probably not. Music was never internalized through note-by-note learning without understanding how to ‘speak’. Most classical pianists cannot play anything besides their exam pieces, or even anything after a break from long term practice. Isn’t this contrary to the objectives of learning music?

Pop Piano Improvisation Junior P.B.E.Syllabus™

P.B.E.S™ Grade 1

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 1

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Song 1:1 | Single root note (I)

Song: 1:2 | C chord & G chord

Song: 1:3 | Introduction to B note

Song: 1:4 | Arpeggios

Song: 1:5 | Call & response I

Song: 1:6 | Call & response II

Song: 1:7 | Call & response III

Subject: 1:8 | Music theory I

Subject: 1:9 | Rhythm training I

Subject: 1:10 | Aural training I

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 1:

  • The ability to play an elementary piece of music using 2 hands
  • Cultivating good piano posture
  • Developing a sense of rhythm

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Grade 1:

  • No music background

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 1:

3-6* months (depending on individual's progress) *maximum

Download Grade 1 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 2

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 2

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

Song 2:1 | Playing in unison (I)

Song: 2:2 | LH basic intervals

Song: 2:3 | RH 6th intervals

Song: 2:4 | Introduction to quavers

Song: 2:5 | F major scale

Song: 2:6 | G major scale

Song: 2:7 | Compound timeI

Subject: 2:8 | Music theory II

Subject: 2:9 | Rhythm training II

Subject: 2:10 | Aural training II

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 2:

  • The ability to play in both 4 & 8 beat rhythm
  • Able to co-ordinate with 2 hands
  • Able to read melody and chord symbols

Prerequisite for P.B.E.S™ Grade 2:

  • Able to play elementary tunes with two hands
  • No chord knowledge required

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 2:

3-6 months (depending on individual's progress)

Download Grade 2 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 3

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 3

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

3:1 | RH Melody

3:2 | LH root note

3:3 | LH 1+5 interval

3:4 | LH Broken chord 1-5-8

3:5 | Diatonic triads (1+3+5)

3:6 | 2 hand patterns

3:7 | Variation intervals & broken

3:8 | Ending a song

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Grade 3 Aural training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 3:

  • The ability to interpret fake sheets and play on the piano
  • Applying basic left hand patterns
  • Developing hand independence

P.B.E.S™ Grade 3 Prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S.™ Grade 2

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 3:

3-6* months (depending on individual's progress) *maximum

Download Grade 3 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 4

Content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 4

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

4:1 | Introduction to Level 2

4:2 | LH Broken chord 1-5-10

4:3 | LH Broken chord 1-5-1-3-5

4:4 | Octave displacement

4:5 | Slash chords and inversions

4:6 | LH (1-5-3-5-8)

4:7 | 2 hand pattern with m7

4:8 | Variation between 3&5 notes

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Grade 4 Aural training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 4:

  • The ability to play in both 4 & 8 beat rhythm (with or without reading)
  • Able to apply basic improvisation

P.B.E.S™ Grade 4 Prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S.™ Grade 3

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 4:

3* months (depending on individual's progress) *maximum

Download Grade 4 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 5

Syllabus content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 5

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

5:1 | Introduction to Level 5

5:2 | The 9th note

5:3 | 6th interval RH harmonisation

5:4 | 2 hand patterns rhythmic

5:5 | 2 hand patterns fill-ins I

5:6 | 2 hand patterns fill-ins II

5:7 | Basic syncopation rhythm

5:8 | Variation interval/3/5notes

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Grade 5 Aural training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 5:

  • The ability to interpret fake sheets with basic improvisation
  • Use of right hand in playing harmony and basic fill-ins (2 hand patterns)

P.B.E.S™ Grade 5 Prerequisite:

  • Completion of Grade 4

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 5:

3*-6 months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Grade 5 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 6

Content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 6

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

6:1 | LH broken + broken

6:2 | LH broken + block

6:3 | Syncopation rhythm

6:4 | 2-hand pattern-solo playing

6:5 | Common chord progressions

6:6 | Motif application (fill-ins)

6:7 | Left hand wide playing

6:8 | Accenting on last beat

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Level 6 Aural training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 6:

  • The ability to comfortably execute improvisation variations on left and right hand with song arrangements
  • Usage of 9th notes for all major and minor triads in easy keys

P.B.E.S™ Grade 6 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Grade 5

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 6:

3-6*months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Grade 6 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 7

Content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 7

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

7:1 | LH block 1+5+7

7:2 | LH 16th beat pattern I

7:3 | LH 16th beat pattern II

7:4 | Closing playing w intervals

7:5 | 2 hand patterns - 9th notes

7:6 | Rock patterns

7:7 | Variation - 16th beat

7:8 | Melody improvisation I

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Grade 7 Aural training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 7:

  • The ability to play in 16 beat rhythm
  • Application of maj7 , m7 and sus4
  • Triplets in 8 & 16beat rhythm
  • Able to improvise a song at will with or without fakesheet

P.B.E.S™ Grade 7 Prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Grade 6

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 7:

3-6* months (depending on individual's progress) *minimum

Download Grade 7 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Grade 8

Content for P.B.E.S™ Junior Grade 8

(in conjunction with P.B.E.Syllabus™)

8:1 | LH approach notes

8:2 | Adv. RH harmonisation I

8:3 | V aug7, V11/13, Vb9 reharmonisation

8:4 | Advanced comping I

8:5 | Right hand fill-ins (16 beat pattern)

8:6 | Close playing using scale notes

8:7 | Voicings with 7th and 9th

8:8 | Melody improvisation II

Improvisation (Choice of songs)

Grade 8 Aural training

Objectives for P.B.E.S™ Grade 8:

  • The ability to play in 16 beat rhythm with 8-beat variations
  • Able to apply voice leading
  • Able to improvise a melody with given chord progressions

P.B.E.S™ Grade 8 prerequisite:

  • Completion of P.B.E.S™ Grade 7

Duration for P.B.E.S™ Grade 8:

3-6* months (*depending on individual's progress)

Download Level 6 syllabus

P.B.E.S™ Pop Piano Improvisation Junior course CE booklet

Updated: 12 Oct 2022 Edition 13.1

√ Added songs Come with me Page 27

√ Melody: with succession (call and response using left and right hand) C major scale notes (one octave)

√ Block chord style 1+3+5 for Junior Grade 3

√ Introducing relative major and minor triads to 2-hand patterns in Grade 4

√ Introduction of basic syncopation rhythm in Grade 5 for uptempo genres

Below is a case study example of an excerpt from the song “Sadness and Sorrow (Naruto OST)” improvised using techniques from each of the 8 P.B.E.S™ Junior Grades (Grade 1-8). The following 4 videos will give you an idea on what you will learn for every level during their piano lessons. Note: The chosen song example is random. Your child will learn the song of your choice and apply the same techniques.

This what your child should achieve by the end of P.B.E.S™ Grade 1 / 2

Techniques included (but not limited to) LH 1-5-8 | 1-5-10 Broken chord patterns | RH Single melody note | Basic ending with 9th note

This what your child should achieve by the end of P.B.E.S™ Grade 3 / 4

Techniques included (but not limited to) 16 beat rhythm | 7th & 9th notes | 3 note harmonisation | fill-ins using scale notes | voice leading

This what your child should achieve by the end of P.B.E.S™ Grade 5 / 6

Techniques included (but not limited to) broken chord patterns with 9th note | 2 hand-patterns | RH 3rd & 6th interval harmonisation

This what your child should achieve by the end of P.B.E.S™ Grade 7 / 8

Techniques included (but not limited to) rhythmic displacements | )V reharmonization | RH octave harmonization | 4-3-1 motifs

PBE students showcase

Video title: An interview with student Rene Lee and her dad Jason Lee

Rene enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2012 and completed P.B.E.S™ Grade 8. The dad explains the differences between Classical and Contemporary Piano while Rene shares her joy of being able to play her favorite Chinese songs by ear. Must watch!

Video title: Ryan Lew performing at the 2019 PBE Japan annual recital

Ryan enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2017 and completed P.B.E.S™ Grade 6. Listen to his rendition of Sparkle by Radwimps. Every year, we offer opportunities for students from Singapore to perform in Shinagawa (Japan) along side with PBE Japan students.

Video title: 2 PBE students (Jude and Alexsis) casually jamming

Alexis enrolled in the Pop Vocal course since 2015 and completed P.B.E.S™ Grade 4 while Jude (on the right) enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course since 2014 and completed P.B.E.S™ Grade 4. Listen to their rendition!

Video title: Nanainaba performing 'River flows in you' by Yiruma

Nanainaba (student of PBE Japan) enrolled in the Pop Piano Junior course in Shinagawa since 2014 at the age of 9 and had completed P.B.E.S™ Grade 6. Listen to her rendition of ‘River flows in you’ by Yiruma in the key of A.

How is our school different from other music schools?

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Exam free, zero pressure, 100% fun without compromising, and musicianship training

To put it simply, we train your child to be musicians, not ‘exam passers’. While other schools focus mostly on Classical, we teach the importance of music – to improvise and play by ear. We want your child to naturally enjoy music and be well trained musicians when they grow up.  

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Our teachers understand what it takes to create the rapport with your child

Our aim is to ensure that your kid enjoys playing music without stress and also without compromising on the proper playing techniques. We want your kid to practice the piano at home without being forced to. It is possible only with good rapport. 

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Not one fits for all. All kids react differently to different teachers.

We know how tough it is for kids to voice out. e.g. the differences in characteristics – whether animated or soft-spoken or simply unable to ‘click’. As a school, we take careful consideration in assigning the most suitable instructor for your child. As a parent, you are allowed to switch the instructor if you find him or her unsuitable. 

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Children don't listen to 'Mary had a little Lamb' anymore, thanks to Youtube

It cannot be further stressed how important it is, to learn and play something that your kid listens to. That is the only way they can relate. Aside from the daunting drilling and Hanon finger exercises, which we cannot deny are beneficial to every pianist – ultimately your child should be playing the songs of your choice.  Learn more

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Hollow prosperity do NOT motivate us.
Money isn’t our passion.

During piano lessons, every textbook, scores and materials are typically provided for free. You will never be made to purchase any instruments, score sheets, instructional books, etc. Most schools do, we don’t. Our teachings have a high value which conveys our message of integrity.
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Invitation to perform at our annual student recitals: locally or in Shinagawa (Japan)

Every year, there are 2 annual student recital concerts. One is held in Singapore and the other is held in Shinagawa (Japan) – 5 Chome – 18 – 1 Higashioi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo-to 140 – 0011. We showcase our students of all ages, even complete beginners.

How are the piano lessons conducted?

Our school has 2 levels with facilities such as practise rooms, state of the art studios and waiting areas. The lesson timings are controlled by a systematic school bell which assures every child has the complete 45mins time span for every lesson.
Each lesson is carried out on a private one-on-one basis by your child’s assigned permanent teacher. Every teaching studio is rigged with premium weighted keys (with hammer actions, similar to acoustic piano keys), coupled with a studio 4:1 sound system. Learn more
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Your child would select a song in accordance with your P.B.E.S™ level, while your teacher provides the ‘stripped-down’ scores (fake sheets), consisting of the melody and chords only.

The picture shows an average students’ hand out sheet with teacher’s handwritten notes, encouraging spontaneity using techniques from P.B.E.S™.
On average, your child will learn between 1-2 songs per month (4 lessons). A progress system (CE booklet) has been enacted for student monitoring throughout the entire course.
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P.B.E.S™ techniques (both practical and theory) are usually used to teach every song that is fitting and ‘compatible’ with other songs.
The picture shows an excerpt of P.B.E.Syllabus™ – A guideline that is applicable to any song of your choice that your child plan to learn. Every lesson is customized and yet structured simultaneously, with or without following the P.B.E.Syllabus™.
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Local & International celebrities / guest artistes / music collaborators

For the most part, PBE was never a ‘star-struck’ music school or at least our culture was never about grooming students to be artistes but rather hobbyist musicians. Nevertheless, our brand identity has attracted local celebrities (Chen Xiuhuan, Jeremy Chan, Maxi Lim, Sora Ma, Zhang ZhenHuan) to learn from us and we are really very honored.
We also like to take the opportunity to thank all of our PBE guest artistes and music collaborators we have worked with since 2003.
FAQ about time slots:

You may sign up online or at our school physically or via whatsapp at 91798110.

1130am & 83opm for weekdays and 11am & 715pm for weekends

When you postpone a lesson, you gain a makeup lesson which has a 6mths expiry. In brief, you need to give 3 days advanced notice and 1 day advanced notice for peak and off peak lessons respectively.

No, we do not conduct group lessons for children.

Please whatsapp us at 91798110, as our schedule changes every other day.

Send us an email, we should be able to work out something for you.

Yes, it is possible (subject to availability). Just let us know as soon as possible. 

Other FAQ:

Our trial lesson (45mins) is payable at $72.

You may request for a full quote > click here

We highly recommend your child to have at least a ‘weighted-key’ keyboard or digital piano. 

Our materials are not for sale to the general public.

It does not matter which part of the month you register and commence your first lesson, as school fees will be fairly prorated accordingly.

Your school fees will be prorate accordingly.

Yes, but only for the 1st lesson or trial lesson.