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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire you when Degree holding teachers are aplenty?
I have taught students from aged 4 to 70 of all levels and abilities. My years of teaching experience tells me that music teaching is not only about paper qualification, but also about the ability to interact and knowing how to bring out the best in each and every student. Like most, if not all Degree holding teachers out there, my students are mostly kids and teenagers. I identify what my students need at every stage of development, train them for qualifying examinations and performance, all of which are exactly what Degree holders do. To date, I have managed to maintain a 100% pass rate for students’ exam, since beginning to teach in 2010.
At the moment, I am holding a ABRMS’s Diploma in Teaching and Grade 8 in Music Theory. I aim to attain both ABRSM’s LRSM in Teaching and Performance by 2021-22.
(Unfortunately, even if you hire a Degree holding teacher, you are still not guaranteed a successful child musician. Many factors work together to create great results – The child’s innate musical talents as well as parents’ involvement and commitment to consistent practice being a few of them.)
What is the Parent’s Role?
Parental attendance at lessons and supervisions of at-home practice have enormous benefits to both children and parents.
By observing weekly lessons (or at least once a month), parents know what and how their children are supposed to practise at home. Parents can also encourage their children with at-home practice in many ways: scheduling a regular time for practice, making sure children practise everything in their assignment book (as well as simply exploring and having fun), listening to their children play (without criticism) and having informal concerts for family and friends.
How much practice is necessary?
Progress is mostly determined by how much one practises and attitude towards learning, which can vary widely. It also depends on the player’s quality of practices. The general guideline is most intermediate players who practise at least 20-30 minutes each day, they will likely be able to play snippets of songs pretty soon after starting and a full song equivalent to grade 5 standard after 2-3 months.
The practice assignment is fine-tuned to the student and to the strengths and struggles of that day’s lesson. It is designed to be specific, efficient, and broken into manageable steps. Each new piece might be difficult at the start, but if the student follows the teacher’s instruction, material that is difficult will become easy.
What if I don’t like classical music?
You don’t have to like classical music to play the piano. You work with me to learn what you want to learn, at your pace. There are plenty of books and resources available to help you achieve your goals and play the music that you want to play.
Do you ask your students to take exams every year?
It is not necessary to enroll for examinations yearly and at every grade. Whilst I understand that not everyone wants to or is suited to enter examinations, I support those who do and offer training for them. In my piano lessons, my objective is to allow time to develop skills in each area adequately before an exam. Ultimately, the decision on whether to enter for exam or not lies with me. I never put a student in the position of performing something that is not 100% comfortable and ready.
Parents who are only interested in their children passing exams and getting certificates should look elsewhere for a teacher who share the same mentality.
Do you have written teaching policy?
Yes. The teaching policy covers topics such as payments, attendences and guidelines for at-home practice.