In addition to being a singer and songwriter, Genevieve Toh is a piano and voice teacher who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has taught piano and music since 1999 and has extensive experience accumulated from her careful and dedicated education of countless students.
As a committed teacher, I seek to deliver a high standard of music education to my students, providing them with a firm foundation in proper technique, theoretical accuracy and informed musical traditions.
At the same time, I recognize with great respect that every student is different in terms of personality, learning ability and that he or she may have particular musical needs. I cater to the requirements of my students, both spoken or yet unknown, as unique individuals without conforming to a set way of teaching but rather, design my lessons as a dynamic scheme of constant growth and exploration.
I believe firmly in the wonderful role that encouragement plays in my teaching. It is what enables a student to have the confidence he or she needs to be forward thinking, open and positive in order to effectively learn.
I understand that patience is needed in guiding a student to grow and get better. I know that educating a student is oftentimes a journey which requires a lot of time and repetition and so I take on the task with a lot of faith.
In all of these ways, I am responsible for shepherding my student towards learning and self-discovery with joy.
Genevieve has a Bachelor's of Arts (Honors) in English Literature and a Master's of Arts in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore, having been a recipient of the Dean's List Award twice during her academic life. She is also a Licentiate graduate in piano performance and holds a Grade 8 certification in Singing from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (UK). In addition, Genevieve completed a comprehensive voice teacher training course of study with New York Vocal Coaching. Thus far, she has had 18 years of experience in educating and coaching music students.
“We hired Genevieve Toh to give our son voice lessons in advance of a school audition. She came armed with a multitude of skills that one doesn’t usually affiliate with a simple vocal coach: a two-fisted facility at the piano, with any type of music; a genial sense of humor that put our son at ease, a grasp of all sorts of genres from classical to show tunes to what’s on the radio this exact moment; an ability to bring analogies to the lesson to make it come alive for any student; a kindness with mistakes and a passion for yanking a strong, nuanced performance out of seemingly anyone – even a reticent 14-year-old boy. The results were amazing. Not only did our son have the confidence to successfully tackle his audition, but his confidence has risen across the board – both musically and in any situation where he needs to be heard in public. I recommend Genevieve wholeheartedly to all who might benefit from her unique blend of talents.” -Carolina C. , mother of Ethan,Brooklyn, New York
Gen taught voice to my daughter, Lola (aged 9) in preparation for a school musical. Lola previously struggled with vocal performance. However, during the course of her lessons with Gen, her confidence and ability soared. Lola hit notes that I never knew were possible and ALWAYS had a smile on her face. By the day of the musical she felt prepared and confident, and performed brilliantly, but what was more remarkable was the effect on the rest of life. I can honestly say that her voice lessons with Gen changed her. It gave her the self-esteem she was previously lacking and made her approach other tasks in a more constructive and focused way. I realize it’s a bit of a voice coach cliche but I really did see my shy daughter find her voice, bothliterally and figuratively. Lola (and I) really took to Gen’s positive approach to learning; encouraging, patient but most of all joyful, reflecting the very special person that Gen is. Sadly, we have since moved from Brooklyn back to London, my only regret being that I didn’t take lessons with Gen myself! -Dr Seeta S., mother of Lola,London, UK
As an adult wanting to learn the piano and sight-reading for the first time, I was quite apprehensive and nervous about taking my first lesson. Genevieve not only put me at ease from the moment I sat at the piano but also encouraged me through the lesson. I came away feeling like I had achieved progress within one hour and was a lot less daunted by the prospect of learning a new instrument from scratch. As we went through our lessons she ensured that she kept sight of my goals as a voice teacher and ensured I was armed with what I needed at the end of every class for the voice lessons I was conducting. She taught concepts and logic over memorisation which was immensely helpful especially as an adult learner. Genevieve was also available for questions between classes which made practice at home more productive. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons with Genevieve and learned a lot over a very short period of time. - Samyukta R., Singer & Voice Teacher, New York
“I have had the privilege to have Genevieve Toh as my piano teacher for over two years and I couldn’t have been more fortunate!
I have been honored by her dedication, persistence and just great company in guiding me to where I am now as a piano student. I have learned different pieces, some of which I never thought I would be able to play, but Genevieve taught me that with practice and strong fundamentals I would be able to. Thank you for encouraging me all the way!” -Cynthia L., beginner pianist, Brooklyn, New York
“I started piano lessons with Ms. Gen when I was 8 and continued until I finished high school. Piano lessons offered a source of much needed variety from school life and Ms. Gen’s passion for music helped me cultivate an interest in piano which I have maintained even though I am no longer having lessons. A fantastic aspect of Ms. Gen’s lessons is that she understands that students’ aims and goals differ and she adapts the lessons according to what the individual needs out of the lessons. For example, although I was never one of her more talented or serious students, I found myself developing a real interest in music under her supporting and nurturing tutelege. Ms Gen created a positive and stimulating environment that was very helpful in developing my confidence as a child. She was extremely patient with me and never displayed any signs of frustration despite my repeated mistakes. She employed a variety of strategies especially when I was younger in order to keep the lessons interesting and fun. She exposed me to a wide array of different piano pieces ranging across literally centuries. I can say that I take some pride in developing as a pianist who was only able to play Mary had a Little Lamb one-handed to being able to play a complete Mozart Sonata. All in all, there are few teachers that I have encountered in my life as supportive, patient and capable as Ms Gen.” - Matthew H. , Singapore
“When I first approached Genevieve in September 2013, I was at my wits’ end with 6-year old Cayla’s piano practices. I had asked Genevieve if there were “unteachable kids” when it comes to learning a musical instrument and she said most definitely not! At that time, Cayla learnt piano from a Montessori trained teacher using the Suzuki Method. After many weeks of seeing the frustration on the teacher’s face, I stopped the lessons but practiced with Cayla at home with a Chinese song that she liked. When we first came to Genevieve, she pointed out frankly that it was a difficult piece for a beginner learner. She had the foresight to know that the Suzuki Method was not a suitable way of learning for Cayla. Also, Genevieve spelt out the aim clearly – that Cayla will practise on her own without me having to sit or nag at her. Cayla looked forward to EVERY lesson with Genevieve. As a teacher, she has the fortitude to take students where they are and nurture them to have a love for playing the piano. Cayla comes home singing and practising the piano on her own. It was Magical! Thank YOU Genevieve not just for the piano lessons but also for believing in Cayla and showing me how every child should be taught gently and our expectations tailored to their potential.” -Jeanne H. , mother of Cayla, Singapore