Stephen Maniam is a Scottish, Irish, English, Indian-Malaysian mixed composer, double-bassist and music teacher who joined Nexus International School Putrajaya (NISP)
in August 2014 as a music teacher. Living and working in Edinburgh, music has dominated his life since he was a teenager. Whilst his music is usually neither overtly religious nor pastoral, he is nonetheless deeply influenced by his Christian faith and a keen interest in mountaineering, cycling, distance running and visiting the planets wilder places.
Stephen’s first music teaching job was at one of the most prestigious music schools in the UK – Wells Cathedral School
. Since then he has broadened his teaching horizons by learning to cope and thrive at some of the most challenging inner-city schools and most successful high-achieving academic schools in Scotland. Both instinctively and through reading current research, he believes that “musical knowing” is a unique and discrete form of knowledge that enhances a person’s creativity, well-being, problem-solving, social-skills, numeracy and IQ. Even without all of that, Stephen believes that music is one of the most enjoyable individual or group activities that can be engagingly practical and/or deeply academic and he loves being able to share his enthusiasm for his subject with his students.