Pattera Sutanthavibul is a dedicated piano and music theory teacher who is currently working as the Manager of Yamaha Music Academy. Her passion lies in using music education to enhance the wellbeing of her students. With more than 15 years of teaching experience, Pattera has worked with diverse groups, including children with special needs, pre-schoolers, and seniors with dementia.
Pattera began her musical studies at the age of 4 at Yamaha Music School. She successfully completed Grade-5 examinations in piano performance, electone performance and fundamental skills, as well as Grade 4 fundamental skills and piano performance examinations from Yamaha. She represented Thailand and performed her own composition at the Esplanade Hall, Singapore in 2004. She won first prize in the U-12 Piano Duet (2004), U-15 Piano Solo (2008) and U-20 Piano Solo (2010) categories at the Yamaha Thailand Music Festival. Pattera also received the Exhibition award for achieving Asia-Pacific’s highest mark in the Grade-6 piano examination offered by Trinity Guildhall. She has performed in masterclasses for Prof Dr Martin Widmaier, Dr Peter Amstutz, Jacqueline Leung and Artas Balakauskas. Her former teachers also include Jun Komatsu, Prof Dr Narongrith Dhammabutr and Assist Prof Dr Denny Euprasert.
Pattera graduated from the Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts program with distinction in piano performance and composition from Chulalongkorn University, where she studied under Prof Dr Tongsuang Israngkul and Prof Dr Weerachart Premananda. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Best GPAX Award and Academic Excellence scholarship. She further pursued her passion by earning a Master of Science degree in Music Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her studies focused on various aspects, including music cognition, cognitive neuroscience, computational modelling, music education, and music therapy. Pattera completed her dissertation, "Do people know what music they like? Predicting changes in listeners’ music preferences" under the guidance of Prof Dr Daniel Müllensiefen and Manuel Anglada-Tort. Additionally, she completed the Foundation of Music Therapy course at the University of Roehampton and participated in short courses in music education from esteemed institutions, including Dalcroze UK, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Soundabout Education Centre, Goldsmiths, and University College London. Following her passion in music composition, Pattera is currently taking a Doctoral of Fine and Applied Arts program at Chulalongkorn University.
With her experiences and expertise, Pattera helps her students achieve top examination marks and secure prizes in national competitions. Many of her students in Bangkok and London have earned merit and distinction marks in grade examinations and have received music scholarships from prestigious institutions, under Pattera's guidance and mentorship.