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Bachelor Degree: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I am from Malaysia and I speak in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and so on. I started learning piano since I was 4 years-old. Piano has always been the instrument that I appreciate and passionate about the most. Despite it saddened me knowing that I would not be having my piano with me after moving to the states, I felt happy enough to be able to buy a keyboard to maintain my knowledge and skills. I have had four different piano teachers for the past 20 years and they are truly amazing and highly qualified with certifications from music school in Europe. I have gained a great deal from them and I would love to share my knowledge with people who love piano music as well. I mainly play classical, romantic and pop musics. If there are any particular pieces that you need help with, hit me up! :)
I completed Grade 6 in ABRSM examination before coming to the United States for my Bachelor degree in Psychology. I had 3 years of piano performance experience when I was in a choir team and those were the most amazing times I have ever had. I joined a choir named Synctone Choir in 2009 and I have gone through vocal training for 3 years. There we had competitions and events like Acapella festivals. I played piano as background music for the vocalists in several events. I also played solo piano pieces for the sake of sharing some lovely melodies! Lastly, I love kids and I was also a piano teacher of several kids when I was in college. I enjoyed teaching children and I do not mind doing it forever!
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with Essentials Element Piano Theory. I like to separate practical and theory in different sessions so that they are familiar and comfortable with reading the notes while playing. I would also start with some fun and interesting melodies to get the kids engaged. When it comes to learning theories, I would use fun and creative symbols that associates symbols in music to get the student to remember them better. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in. Some would only like to learn a particular piece every week while some want to have a fundamental understanding of every chords and melody. Depending on the progress of each student, I typically teach a piece in 2 lessons.
I would always follow each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. For children, I would also offer a reward such as candy to boost their excitement and passion for learning piano. When it comes to piano theory, I would reward them with a sticker on their homework page that is completed on time. According to my insight into psychology, I believe in positive reinforcement rather than negative punishment.
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