Yamaha has apologised after a parent complained that a flute instructor at the Yamaha Contempo Music School cancelled his son’s lesson because of the child’s autism.
In a Facebook post (below) on MondayAug 14, 2017, Mr Ivan Lim described how his 12-year-old son Alex was turned away from his flute lesson at the school at Plaza Singapura mall.
Alex, who is Mr Lim’s only child, had been enrolled for two lessons at the school. The first one went fine, Mr Lim, who is a musician, told The Straits Times.
The school said the staff at the reception was not aware of Alex’s condition at the point of enrolment.
Alex will continue his flute lessons elsewhere, and Mr Lim said the school has offered a full refund.
It is not the first time Alex has taken music lessons. He was previously given lessons by composer Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli, a friend of Mr Lim’s.
Mr Zaidi, 37, said teaching Alex is different from teaching others as “you have to come up with a different approach… his attention span is very short”.
“We thought Yamaha was a good brand,” said Mr Lim. “But I believe this is an isolated incident. I was very unhappy with the way they managed it. I hope they will learn from this episode.”
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.