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Staff Profiles: Tim Sykes

Tim Sykes

Music Teacher (strings specialist)

I come from a background of classical music performance and attended the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), from 2001 to 2005, with Viola as my main study. I worked with many world-renowned conductors and performed extensively across Europe in Orchestras, String Quartets and as a soloist. After completing my teacher training in 2008 I was a teacher and Ensemble Leader for Staffordshire Performing Arts in the UK.

I have always wanted to teach abroad and when the opportunity to teach at St. Andrews International School Bangkok arose I was ready for the challenge and adventure. I currently teach music through almost the entire age range of students, which gives me great variety in my work.

I have always liked adventure and going off the beaten track. In Thailand this is usually by bicycle, both in Bangkok and to some more remote areas of the country. For nearly two years now I have been taking Thai lessons and this has helped me in my travels around the country. I also enjoy performing music outside of school as part of a folk band and with Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.

St. Andrews is a very close community where teachers, parents and students are all known to each other. The students really make this a great place to work as they are always very thoughtful of each other and very appreciative towards teachers. It is a very unique atmosphere.