“Without music, life would be a mistake.” - German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
Music was always integrated in the life of Beth Yap Peng during her growing up years. She would sing along with her equally music-loving parents in her home that is often filled with classics from bands such as The Beatles and The Eagles. To Beth, music was her lifestyle and the precocious girl learned to play the piano at the age of six and started singing at 13.
When the Tanjong Katong Girls’ School alumna was in secondary four, she researched on Singapore Polytechnic (SP)’s Diploma in Music and Audio Technology. The curriculum, which focuses on performance and composition, immediately attracted her as she was set on a career in music. However, her mother wanted her to go to a junior college to receive a broad-based education instead. In the end Beth convinced her mum and she was given the green light to make this course her first choice at the Joint Admissions Exercise.
An SP Scholar, who was also awarded the Music and Arts Scholarship, Beth is glad that she was given opportunities to thrive in her course. On top of honing her craft as a music performer, she also developed skills as a composer and arranger. Putting her skills to the test last year, Beth performed at The Coliseum, Resorts World Sentosa in front of a capacity crowd which included top executives from the music industry as part of the launch of SPEAR, a music label under her diploma course.
The holistic SP journey also took her to San Francisco in the United States where she attended a three-week game and audio workshop. The trip also saw her visiting technology giant Google. But the highlight of the trip was recording a song that she wrote at Fantasy Studios – the same studio where Green Day and U2 recorded their songs!
As a key member of the SP Jazz Band, she performed and organised the band’s annual Improvise concerts held at the Esplanade that sold out for the past two years. She also leads Afterglow, a local neo soul band which attracted the attention of the National Arts Council and selected them for the Noise Singapore ‘Music Mentorship’ programme that aims to develop potential musicians.
Beth interned at S2S Pte Ltd, an artiste management and production house. She was tasked with managing artistes while overseeing various aspects of publicity for the company. It was a good experience for her as she was exposed to the business aspects within the music industry.
Ten years down the road, Beth sees herself performing while composing and arranging songs for films and games. In the midst of it, she hopes to inspire music lovers to do what is right, to stand up for the last, lost and the least.