Dr. Kamaruddin Ahmad

Dr. Kamaruddin Ahmad is a professional music arranger, composer and educator. He has arranged and directed performances for many distinguished world leaders that include His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan Dan Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, His Excellency President Bill Clinton, His Excellency President Nelson Mandela, His Excellency President Mr Jiang Ze Min, His Excellency President Vladimir Putin to name a few.


His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with Dr. Kamaruddin Ahmad during her visit to Brunei Darussalam.

He was the Director of Music and Arranger for the Opening Ceremony of the 20th SEA Games, as well as the 2000 Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Official Gala Performance.  He has performed at various ASEAN cities, in Europe, China and New Zealand besides producing music for regional television programmes and dance festivals such as the ASEAN Dance Festivals and the International Dance Festivals in Japan and Europe. His recent works include programming music for the World Championship of Performing Arts held in Long Beach, California, USA, and, composing and arranging commercial songs and jingles for television advertisements in Malaysia.

with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah Sultan Dan Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Excellency Mr. Nelson Mandela and wife Mrs. Graca Machel.

In the field of music education, he has authored a series of graded Music Theory Workbooks for the Australian Guild of Music Examination Board. Dr. Kamaruddin has served as an Associate Professor, College Dean, Music Examiner and Adjudicator for various public and private universities throughout Malaysia.

In the local scene, he has successfully transcribed the traditional songs of Brunei Darussalam under the ASEAN Sonic Order Project.  He has composed original songs as well as transcribed and arranged a large number of Brunei traditional songs and music for Radio Television Brunei.

Click below to listen to samples of his composition and arrangement of Bruneian traditional music (Copyright Radio Television Brunei).

To listen to his original composition, Inang Darussalam (Copyright Radio Television Brunei), click the Play button below.

Playing Bruneian traditional music in Paris, France during the United Nations’ ASEAN Music Festival.
After the performance of Bruneian traditional music in Paris, France.

Dr. Kamaruddin is a member of the Malaysia National Advisory Board in Music Development and the Malaysia National Occupational Skills Standard Certification Board in Music and is a lifetime member of the National Professional Honor Society, Alpha Psi Sigma, USA. He is recognized as the National Industrial Expert in Music by the government of Malaysia.



Dr. Kamaruddin Ahmad performing with Hong Kong English and CantoPop singer, Francis Yip.



Dr. Kamaruddin in a performance at the Istana Negara (Grand Palace) in Malaysia with Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza.




In a rehearsal with Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza.



Lesson Promo! 16th – 31st March, 2019

We are happy to announce that we have moved in to our new location! We are now at:

Unit S3, 2nd Floor, Hua Ho Manggis Mall, Jalan Muara

As part of our new promotion, we are offering 30-minute lessons on the instrument/s of your choice for only $10! Please see terms and conditions below.

Offer can be availed DAILY while the promotion is on-going! Parents can shop while their children learn from our professional music teachers!

Adults may avail of this offer too! It’s never too late to learn a musical instrument! Learn about the benefits of music lessons here.

Musical Palette updated

Terms and conditions:

  1. For beginners only  – adults and children are welcome.
  2. Up to 3 instruments may be chosen and the 30 minutes’ lesson will be divided equally among the instruments (Example: Piano for 10 minutes, Singing 10 minutes and Drums 10 minutes).
  3. Offer can be availed for a maximum of 2 times daily.  
  4. Current students of NeoClassic Music School are exempted from the promo on their current instrument/s. However, they may avail of the promo on a NEW instrument. 
  5. To book the lesson, confirm your choice of time (subject to our Music Teachers’ availability) with our Administrative staff.
  6. The fee must be paid prior to commencing the lesson. 
  7. Fee is non-transferable nor refundable in the event that the lesson is missed. 

Enjoy the courses offered on our Musical Palette!



Benefits of Music Theory Classes

Music Theory LessonsMusic Theory offers a wide range of benefits for music students. Today, we shed light on some of the most important reasons why you should study Music Theory.

Studying Music Theory will:

1. Enhance your ability to read music notation

You will learn the letter names of notes, the duration of each note (how long each note is held for on the instrument, or if you are a singer, how long you have to sing the note), the location of the notes on the piano keyboard and the staff, and many more.

2. Help you understand musicians’ lingo

You will no longer wonder what musicians are talking about when you hear them say  words like crescendo, ritardando, accelerando, piano, forte, allegro ma non troppo (unless you’re Italian,  of course) or even English words like  common time, cut time and others. Oh, and there are French, Spanish, German and other languages, too!

3. Help you learn chords and compose your own songs

By learning Music Theory, you will know which chords to use and why. This important knowledge will help you to compose those award-winning songs! Have you ever wondered how composers write their music? That’s right, they studied Music Theory!

4. Enable you to know which notes to improvise and harmonise with

Do you sometimes sound off-key when you improvise or harmonise? That’s because you’re probably playing notes not suited to the key or chord of the musical phrase you’re playing. With good knowledge in Music Theory,  you’ll know exactly which notes to use and which ones to avoid when improvising.

5. Enable you to analyse and memorise your pieces better

You will understand chord progressions, musical phrases and over-all structure of your pieces, and you will find it quicker and easier to memorise.

6. Help you move on to the higher grades

Most examinations at the higher grades require Grade 5 theory at the very least for many of the reasons mentioned above. So, why delay, when you can start now?

Check out our Special Summer Course on Music Theory! Special Fees for this limited time only! More info here: Music Theory in 10 Lessons

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5 Immediate Benefits From Your First Music Lesson

Many of us know that music lessons provide a wonderful array of benefits not only for children, but for people of all ages. While some benefits are already well-known, it may be hard to actually see them for yourself. For example, it has been found that music lessons improve neural connections. That would be hard to prove for ourselves unless we have our own brain scanning machines and other sophisticated gadgets only scientists, researchers or doctors have.

Nevertheless, there are actually some benefits that you can DIRECTLY experience even from your very first music lesson.

Here they are:

1. Help you learn to focus on a task at hand

In your first music lesson,  you will be taught at least one of the various musical elements such as rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, texture, and others. You will also be taught some singing or playing techniques on your chosen musical instrument. Each of these musical tasks require your full attention and focus.

2. Help you develop listening skills

Music is a listening art. It is only through listening that one can truly experience its beauty. In music lessons, students are taught to listen from the very first lesson. From listening to the teacher’s instructions to listening for accurate pitch, beautiful intonation and musical phrasing, there’s just no escape, you will need to listen.

3. Relieve you of stress 

Despite probably feeling a little nervous coming to your first music lesson, it is quite inevitable to have some fun! After all, music lessons should never be stressful. To learn music effectively, there should be a balance of enjoyment plus your own personal drive to reach your set goals. If you find that music lessons are stressing you out, it may be that the tasks have not been broken down into smaller, manageable pieces or you may have set unrealistic goals for yourself (that’ll be a topic on another post).

4. Improve your physical coordination

Physical coordination involves more than just playing hands together.  From proper posture to the correct playing position, every aspect of singing or playing a musical instrument involves different parts of your body working together in coordination. Your posture and playing position will affect your sound or tone on the instrument.

5. Improve your musical literacy

From the very first lesson, you would have already improved your musical literacy, or at least, taken a step towards improving. Music literacy does not just mean the ability to read notes.  To be musically literate (by Western Classical music definition) means, one has developed “the capacity to make music, reflect on the music in which you are engaged in, express your view on the music you play, hear or create as well as read, write, comprehend and interpret staff notation”. Note-reading (music notation) is only one aspect of music literacy.

If you are already taking music lessons, good for you! If you haven’t taken any but are planning to get lessons, don’t miss a beat! Check out our courses HERE.

Enjoy! 🙂

How To Develop Good Habits in Our Children

Cultivating Good Habits“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

In her book, Legendary Learning, Jamie McMillin discusses habits. According to her, habits exert a powerful influence over our actions in our daily life and that we all have habits whether we are aware of them or not.  She also says that habits are a great predictor of success, probably more than any test score can, which is why it is so important to develop good habits, especially in children.
In successful people, achievement did not just fall into their laps. They disciplined themselves to work hard, to follow through with promises, to take responsibility and to manage their own personal behaviour – not always perfectly, but consciously.
Jamie gives us some ways we can cultivate good habits in ourselves and our children:
1. Cultivate the habit of attention. The habit of attention is particularly important for learning. Children who get easily distracted should be trained to get into the habit of attention by keeping lessons very short (no more than 10 minutes) and interesting.
2. Replace a bad habit with a good one, little by little.  Avert the unwanted behaviour quickly and keep at it consistently for 2-3 months until the desired behaviour has taken hold.
3. Reinforce expectations with gentle reminders consistently and follow through.However, it is not enough to say your expectations and repeat them at regular intervals hoping that your child will comply. You will save yourself a lot of heartache if you get your child in the habit early by doing it with him everytime at first.
4. Repeat the correct behaviour. According to Jamie McMillin, a fascinating brain research is being done on super talented individuals. She says, “neurologists have found that the more a nerve fires, the more myelin wraps around the nerve. The more myelin that is built up along nerve pathways, the quicker the nerve impulses can travel. But myelin super highways are not built overnight. They are built over time and with a consistent targeted practice. Everytime a guitarists strums a chord or a gymnast pounces on a springboard, they are reinforcing certain neural pathways. These neural pathways can either be correct or incorrect, depending on the quality of practice.” She says this is the reason why good teachers and coaches are always so particular about building skills in a certain order, and correcting form and posture before the student has a chance to develop bad habits.
5. Model the behaviour you want in your children. Screaming and scolding may temporarily solve situations. But according to Jamie McMillin, “consistency, modelling and practice are the way to go.”
6. Chunk Your Goals. Break down goals into small, manageable “chunks” or steps and focus on each small step, one at a time.
7. Keep it short, simple, direct and most of all – consistent. Demonstrate the right way to do something, then follow up with short, task-based feedback, not judgment.
8. Be patient. Creating a good habit may require some hard work at first. However, it gets easier as you practise it repeatedly.

“The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.” – Feodor Dostoevski