Miss Pattera Sutanthavibul

Miss Pattera Sutanthavibul,Music Academy Manager

Pattera Sutanthavibul is a versatile piano and music theory teacher, also currently a Manager of Music Academy, who is especially interested in the enhancement of students’ wellbeing through music education. With 11 years of teaching experience, she has worked with particularly diverse groups of students, ranging from children with special needs, pre-schoolers, and seniors with dementia.

Her previous working experiences include assisting the board of curriculum and teaching development at New Frontier Music Academy. She has received awards for helping her students achieve the highest examination marks and top prizes in national competitions. Many of her students in Bangkok and London achieved merit and distinction marks from grade examinations and received music scholarship from renowned institutions.

Pattera began her musical studies at the age of 4 at Yamaha Music School. Shortly after, she was selected to study in the Junior Special Advanced Course and Special Advanced Course taught by Yamaha. She successfully completed Grade-5 examinations in piano performance, electone performance and fundamental skills, as well as Grade-4 fundamental skills and piano performance examinations from Yamaha. She also completed the advanced certificate examination from Trinity Guildhall, London.

Pattera graduated from the Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts program with distinction in piano performance and composition from Chulalongkorn University, where she studied with Assoc. Professor Tongsuang Israngkul and Professor Weerachart Premananda. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Best GPAX Award and Academic Excellence scholarship. Later on, she pursued a Master of Science degree in Music Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she focused her studies on music cognition, cognitive neuroscience, computational modelling, music education and music therapy. Her dissertation topic: “Do people know what music they like? Predicting changes in listeners’ music preferences,” was supervised by Prof Dr Daniel Müllensiefen (Goldsmiths) and Manuel Anglada-Tort (TU Berlin). Pattera has also completed the Foundation of Music Therapy course at the University of Roehampton. She additionally completed short courses in music education from several leading institutions, including Foundation of Dalcroze Method at Dalcroze UK, Creative Music Training for Young People at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sound of Intent Framework for Autism at Soundabout Education Centre, Community Music Practice: Working with people with dementia and disabled people at Goldsmiths and Introduction to Performing Arts Medicine at University College London.

Pattera made her Singapore debut at the Esplanade Hall in 2004, where she represented Thailand and performed her own composition. She has won the first prize in the U-12 Piano Duet (2004), U-15 Piano Solo (2008) and U-20 Piano Solo (2010) categories at the Yamaha Thailand Music Festival. She also won the second prize at the Asia Electone Festival in 2007. Pattera also received the Exhibition award for achieving Asia-Pacific’s highest mark in the Grade-6 piano examination offered by Trinity Guildhall. She has performed in masterclasses for Prof Dr Martin Widmaier, Dr Peter Amstutz, Jacqueline Leung and Artas Balakauskas. Her former teachers also include Jun Komatsu, Prof Dr Narongrith Dhammabutr and Assist Prof Dr Denny Euprasert.