Meet Our Academic Staff
Our music college’s faculty team is made up of highly experienced and well-qualified Malaysian and foreign nationals who combine the passion for teaching with a broad range of industry experience in music performance, arranging, music production and music business. A number of faculty members are actively engaged in professional work and bring the wealth of the industry network and experience into classrooms. Faculty members play an active role in your student life at ICOM through mentoring and collaborative activities. Allow us to introduce you to your future mentors here.
Nilesh Thomas, Course LeaderNilesh Thomas, Course Leader, is from India and he leads three programs at ICOM in the areas of curriculum development, student recruitment, teaching and learning and faculty administration. He lecturers in audio theory, acoustics, live sound, electronics & computer systems and supervises graduating seniors’ work placement. An audio engineer by training, he continues to play an active role as recording or FOH engineer in select live concerts in Kuala Lumpur. He has a Master of Music Technology degree from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tools.
Sze Kin Sun, Associate Course Leader for Online LearningMr. Sze is a pianist who trained in music synthesis at the Berklee College of Music (USA). He leads the College’s online learning initiative, a program that enables more students to study with ICOM. He serves on the Malaysian Qualification Agency’s (MQA) panel of experts for national performing arts program standards. He has over 15 years teaching experience in ear training, digital audio, music technology and audio for multimedia. He has a Master of Arts degree from Middlesex University (UK) and is also an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro and an Avid Certified Instructor for Pro Tools.
Akihito Fuse, FacultyMr. Fuse is a 7-string jazz guitarist from Japan. Formerly from Koyo Conservatory, a BIN partner school, he has over 30 years of teaching experience in classroom and individual instruction in guitar, ensembles, music theory, ear training, arranging and jazz history. His translation of George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization into Japanese was published in 1993. He has performed in symphony orchestras, big bands, guitar ensembles and small combos for TV, radios, recordings and jazz festivals. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (USA).
Aamil SulaimanMr. Sulaiman is a cellist and has performed in chamber music groups and symphony orchestras across the USA, Europe and Malaysia for 8 years. He currently teaches the violoncello, music history, music theory, traditional harmony and counterpoint and scoring for orchestra at ICOM. He has a Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and a Bachelors Degree in Music from Western Illinois University (USA).
Ali Aiman Abdul HamidMr. Aiman plays the piano and trumpet. He is also a singer-songwriter who has written, arranged and produced his compositions for his own album, as well as for numerous original musicals, productions, A-list artists, and collaborative works domestically and overseas. He teaches classroom and individual instruction in piano, commercial composition, music and sound design for visuals, and commercial studio production. An ICOM alumni, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary Writing and Production.
Ch’ng Wee LernMr. Ch’ng is a classically trained pianist who performs equally well in jazz and contemporary pop music styles. He performs extensively in clubs, festivals and concerts with Malaysia’s legendary and upcoming artists and is recognized readily for his virtuoso skills. He teaches classroom and individual instruction in piano, contemporary harmony, instrumental labs and ensembles and plays an active role in curriculum development. Wee Lern is an ICOM alumni who graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music, awarded by the University of Westminster, UK.
Farid YahyaMr. Yahya plays the clarinet, alto saxophone and piano. He has over 15 years of teaching experience from school music program to tertiary education in music theory, contemporary harmony, arranging for rhythm section, horns & show band, ear training, performance labs and ensembles and individual instruction on piano, clarinet and saxophone. Currently, a resident pianist at the Ritz Carlton in Kuala Lumpur, he has performed in Malaysian orchestras in the woodwind section. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music (USA) and is currently reading for a Master of Arts degree at University Malaya.
Frank OngMr. Frank is a bassist who toured the world as a band member of Alleycats in the 1970s and recorded on numerous albums. He has wide working experiences in the music industry in the role of arranger, music producer, music director and A&R executive, and continues to serve as a judge for the annual Anugerah Industry Music (AIM) music awards. He has 17 years of teaching experience in classroom and individual instruction in bass, instrumental labs and ensembles, pop music history, music business and record company operations. He has a Master of Science degree in Music from Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Harvinder SinghMr. Singh plays the acoustic guitar and bouzouki and is a member of Diplomat of Drums, a famous band known for their high-level energetic percussion feature. Harvinder or Harvey as he’s fondly referred to is an ICOM alumni and has over 6 years of professional experience as content producer, recording and post-production engineer and digital consultant. He teaches audio theory as well as practical hands-on courses such as recording techniques, digital audio and mixing techniques. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Audio Production from SAE Institute Byron Bay (Australia), and is a Solid State Logic AWS 900 certified user.