Are you a classical musician yearning to break free from the constraints of sheet music and express your unique musical vision?

Do you find yourself captivated by the idea of composing your pieces but unsure of where to begin?

As a performer, you've mastered the art of interpreting the works of others, but deep within, you harbor a burning desire to create something truly your own. The prospect of stepping into the realm of composition can be daunting, leaving you feeling lost and uncertain about how to translate your musical ideas into tangible compositions.

Imagine a world where you have the power to shape melodies, harmonies, and rhythms into evocative musical narratives that resonate with audiences worldwide. Picture yourself at the forefront of a new era of musical creativity, where your compositions are celebrated for their originality, depth, and emotional impact.

Introducing the "From Performer to Music Creator" Masterclass, a five-day online intensive designed to empower classical musicians like you to unlock their compositional potential. Through this transformative experience, you'll gain the tools, techniques, and confidence to bring your musical visions to life, transitioning from a performer to a true music creator.

"Studying composition from Dr. Lai while I was in my grad school (2014-2016) was a life-changing learning experience.  She is passionate about teaching all the composition techniques and inspired me with the art of emotion and thought into musical works. I am eternally grateful for her support and my ultimate acceptance to the UCLA Film Scoring Program which granted me the opportunity to intern with Remote Control Production, a Hans Zimmer film music production. My horizon expanded to the professional standard of film music production. With Dr. Lai’s inspiration to professionally compose and sage career advice, I am a more determined person; able to work with different directors and use music as an expressive medium for the range of emotions one must experience in film."

Sally Kwok

Film Composer

Baltimore, MD

As a seasoned performer and educator, I've witnessed firsthand the struggles that classical musicians face when attempting to break into the world of composition. That's why I've assembled a team of world-renowned composers and performers who have successfully navigated this journey themselves. Together, we've crafted a comprehensive program that will equip you with the skills and mindset necessary to unleash your inner composer.

I am Dr. Sheung-Ping Lai, a composer with a DMA in Composition from The Ohio State University, I invite you to join. Driven by a love for pushing musical limits, I created this program to help musicians like you explore new creative possibilities.

Over the course of five immersive days, you'll have the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by a diverse array of accomplished composers and performers, each with their unique perspective and approach to music creation. From contemporary guzheng composers to improvisational collaborations between pipa and dance, you'll explore a wide range of genres and techniques, expanding your creative horizons.

The world is hungry for fresh, innovative musical works that challenge the boundaries of what's possible. By embracing your role as a music creator, you have the power to shape the future of classical music and leave a lasting impact on audiences worldwide. Don't let this opportunity pass you by – seize the moment and embark on a journey of artistic discovery.

"Dr. Lai is a responsible, intelligent, and passionate teacher. She is like a walking music library! I first met Dr. Lai as a student at EdUHK several years ago. She taught various music theory and composition courses including: Classical theory, Jazz theory, and Orchestration. Although there were around 30 students in a class, she collected and marked our assignments every week, then patiently explained the common errors we mostly made, for our improvement. This pedagogy remains unchanged even in the recent online individual lessons. The main difference is that she can now focus on my problems in depth and strengthen my skills more effectively, because the lesson planning is more personalized. Besides, online lesson solves the problem of geographical distance. We can find anytime favors us both to have lessons! How convenient!"

Cheris Ho

Music Educator

Hong Kong

This Program is for You If:

You are a classical musician with a burning desire to compose your music.

✔ You seek to expand your artistic horizons and explore new creative avenues.

✔ You're ready to take your musical expression to the next level and find your unique compositional voice.

✔ You're committed to personal growth and willing to step outside your comfort zone.

This Program is NOT for You If:

x You're content solely interpreting the works of others and have no interest in creating your compositions.

x You're unwilling to embrace new perspectives and techniques in music creation.

x You're looking for a quick fix or a shortcut to becoming a composer.

As you begin your journey from performer to music creator, remember that true artistic expression lies in embracing your unique voice and fearlessly sharing it with the world. The "From Performer to Music Creator Masterclass" is your gateway to unlocking a world of infinite creative possibilities. 

Don't let this opportunity slip away – secure your spot today and take the first step towards becoming the composer you were meant to be.

"Before meeting Dr. Lai, in my music learning journey, there has yet to be anyone really talk much about women composers. No women composers were mentioned in music history class; no women composers' works were analyzed in theory class...They were not there…. Therefore, I have never thought of becoming a composer. However, I am so blessed to have met Dr Lai. Not every teacher is willing to give detailed feedback to the students, but Dr. Lai always spent effort and time teaching us. She inspires us with her cross-cultural experience and her approach to musical fusion. She is such a fantastic teacher who always motivates us. She believes in her student more than we believe in ourselves. I can't say how much we appreciate her. When my husband and I decided to study overseas, she supported us and provided additional comments and advice to prepare for our portfolio. We are blessed to have joined and completed our postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, London. Thanks to Dr Lai's unlimited support. I wish everyone could come across someone like her during your musical journey."

Edward Lun

Composer and Musician

London, UK 

Gigi Lam


London, UK