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Master Degree: Northern Illinois University, Bachelor Degree: National Taiwan Normal University
I am a patient and encouraging instructor who enjoys sharing music with people and working with students to teach music. I started my piano lesson at age of seven and cello at age of nine. I got my bachelor's degree from National Taiwan Normal University where the country I am originally from and my master's degree from Northern Illinois University. As a cellist, I regularly play in several orchestras around DFW area such as Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, and Plano Symphony Orchestra. As a pianist, I play accompaniment for people's juries and recitals.
I started teaching when I was an undergrad in college. I've taught students of different ages with different personalities. I found it important for myself as a teacher to change my teaching styles according to each student. Using the vocabulary or description that the student understands and give them what they need/want is a better way for them to learn. There's no short cut to success. If you want to learn an instrument, regular practice and lessons are required. I've seen the difference between students who practice every day versus who only practice ones a week. For students with younger ages, I would suggest that their parent(s) help at home when they practice.
Every student has their own interest and learn with their own pace. I teach them based on what they need to learn and give them what they want to play. I pay attention to students' basic technique and postures as I believe that having a good basic foundation helps you build up your skill and will help you improve. It's important to develop a good practice habits. Always think and plan before practice, set a goal for each session. What you want to practice/achieve for today's practice and how will you reach your goal and plan. I would also challenge them to do varies projects based on what they've learned. It's also great that student have opportunities to perform and present themselves or even enter a competition. It helps them to learn and improve by observing and learning from others' playing.
As a teacher, it is always rewarding to see students not only improved and made progress but also to see them being focused and enjoy playing music. It's helpful if a teacher can create an inspiring environment that encourages students to try different things and to look for more possibilities of playing music. Students feel more motivated when they can find something interesting in music and they feel more accomplished when they are able to play the music they love. Another way I try to help my students is to set up individual goals for each student and work together with them at their own pace to achieve their goals.
We are brand new at cello and Jessy has been very patient with us. We look forward to learning more and developing a routine.
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