About Our Music Business Mentors


Looi Tan

Looi has been the director and principal of Musica Academy since 2001, and now has over 20 years of teaching experience in running a multi-location music school. She has built the Yamaha Music School from ground up offering young musicians summer camps and keyboard festivals, while  adjudicating music exams and festivals.
Looi Tan Teaches Music Entrepreneurship
Looi started Yamaha music lessons at the age of 5 in Malaysia and continued her music studies in Calgary, Canada where she completed her Bachelors of Music and received her certification from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.

She has also written articles for the Kodaly Association's magazine, and she has been an active member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association, as well as the Alberta Piano Teachers Association. She is also part of the examiners of the Yamaha Education System.

Looi plays the trumpet, piano and electone organ. She has performed locally and internationally with the Calgary Stampede Band in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and around North America. She is also considered an influential music educator and entrepreneur in the music community.

Additional Qualifications:
  • Authorized Yamaha examiner
  • ARCT – Performance (Royal Conservatory of Music)
  • Bachelor of Music Education (University of Calgary)
  • Yamaha Grade 5 
Malaysia & Singapore

Alison Tan

Alison's hands-on approach to her music education has won her many accomplished students in her private music school. She has been offering private piano lessons since 1998 as a secondary business, and looks forward to sharing her gained knowledge, passion and insights in managing a music business with those looking to start a music career.
Alison Tan Teaches Music Entrepreneurship
Alison started learning piano at the age of seven, and quickly learned the interactive side of music that makes teaching and learning fun for both teachers and students. Learning music, to her, is not just about completing the exams and receiving the certifications. Music should inspire self expression and an enjoyable life-long journey.

Alison has been inspiring her students in how to express emotions through customizing her lessons based on individual student’s pace, imagination and abilities. As a result, she has helped her students achieved the technical and ultimate artistry.

Her diverse experiences from working with the European String Teachers Association to various music industries in Asia have also developed her passion in helping young musicians build their music careers and dreams. 

Alison is grateful for this opportunity to share her philosophy with you in the online courses.

Additional Qualifications:
  • European String Teachers Association (ESTA) Postgraduate Certificate (PIANO)
  • ABRSM Grade 8 Practical
  • Trinity Grade 8 in Theory 
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