Updated: Sep 21, 2022
NSMS is pleased to welcome Ms. Teresa Lim to the faculty for the 2022-2023 school year.
Ms. Lim holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a Master of Arts in Church Music from Santa Clara University, California. She also holds Teacher diplomas and degrees for voice and piano from Trinity College of Music (LTCL), ABRSM in London, and a diploma and award for Excellence in Music Teaching from the Yamaha Music Foundation, Japan. In March 2006, Ms. Lim was recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through MTNA in recognition of professional excellence in piano performance and pedagogy, theory/general musicianship, and for dedication to professional growth.
Prior to joining NSMS, Ms. Lim conducted pedagogy classes at the Yamaha Music Academy for Teachers in Singapore, and presented at the Music Teacher’s Symposium (1998) in the Asian Pacific region. Ms. Lim also taught private lessons and group classes at Westminster Conservatory in the Young Artist Program in piano, music theory, ear training, AP courses, and early childhood music. Ms. Lim created the piano curriculum for “Piano and Pizzicati,” a course for children studying at Westminster Conservatory.
Ms. Lim specializes in preparing students for the RCM (Canada), ABRSM, TCM (UK), and YGE (Japan) international examinations. Ms. Lim was invited to join the Board of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) in June 2022. She is an active adjudicator for piano festivals, auditions, and competitions organized by MTNA and the American-Asian Fine Arts Association Piano Competitions (AAFAA). Ms. Lim was recently featured in Princeton Town Topics. Her student, Pablo, received the highest score for RCM Level 6 Piano in the Northeast Region in 2019, and in 2020, received the highest score in the nation for Level 7 Piano. Ms. Lim has worked with Pablo since he was six years old. Many of her other students have performed in Carnegie Hall after success in competitions.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Lim has served as music liturgist, choir director, piano accompanist, and cantor in Catholic churches in the United Kingdom, New Jersey, and Singapore. In June 2011, Ms. Lim was invited to conduct a one-day music workshop on “Liturgy and Music in Ministry” for Catholic musicians and choir members from 30 churches in Singapore.
Ms. Lim looks forward to working with her new colleagues at NSMS, and continuing to help shape a new generation of young musicians. Aside from being a dedicated piano teacher and musician, Ms. Lim also has a passion in spiritual direction, a love for her dogs, Benni and Gus, and is a great chef. If music teaching is her first love, being a chef is a close second.