Stephen Maniam

Originally trained as a composer and double-bassist, I've played early, mainstream and contemporary classical, opera, folk, jazz and pop internationally. My own music has been performed and broadcast in many countries by national orchestras and renowned soloists. My work has been described in the international press as “Bartok for the 21st Century”, & “a real success”. I’m passionate about outdoor pursuits - an experienced runner, mountaineer & long-distance cyclist. I recently completed a trans-global cycle, and took part in the 2018 Trail Running World Championships, qualifying by winning the Thailand Trail Running Series.

Instinctively and through reading current research, I believe “musical knowing” is a unique and discrete form of knowledge that enhances creativity, well-being, problem-solving, social-skills, numeracy and IQ (growing research shows there’s very little a good music education doesn’t help develop). Even without all that, I believe music is one of the most enjoyable individual or group activities - engagingly practical and/or deeply academic and I love being able to share my enthusiasm for my subject. My teaching style is all about harnessing students’ personal knowledge, skill and enthusiasm, and using that as a basis for learning more.

Before studying teaching at Cambridge University, I taught at prestigious UK music school – Wells Cathedral School. I developed my teaching, working at some of the most challenging inner-city and successful high-achieving academic schools in Scotland, before working at Nexus International School Malaysia, one of the Times “most innovative schools in the world”, and volunteer teaching in the Bangkok slums.

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