MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Having professional music education and extensive performance experiences, I dedicate myself as a professional pianist and piano teacher. I have had many years of teaching experience working with students of all levels and ages, and I am always passionate to develop my students' talent in the best way and
help them to achieve their music dream.
I believe the fine
education will influence students in their lifetime studying. Developing a solid music
learning foundation, and leading student to have the tool to become an
independent learner are the main parts of my teaching philosophy. In my piano lessons, students are inspired to enjoy their
playing and encouraged to pursue excellence in every area of their piano
studies. With carefully selected methods and repertoires, students will
understand the core of their study beyond the assignments. It is
important for my students to be able to read music correctly, listen to music
analytically, and approach new music independently.
It is also very important
for me to recognize the individual interests and goals. My goal is to provide effective ways to guide students
finding their best potential and achieve their goals. I believe every student is unique. Not everyone wants to be a
professional pianist, but everyone wants to learn and benefit from his or her
music study; not everyone is looking for future celebrity as a concert pianist,
but as a teacher, I regard each of my students as an individual star. As long as I recognize what his or her goal is, I create both
short term and long term teaching plans; and these plans will be reflected
in each lesson.
I persist in having a well-prepared teaching plan for each
lesson and work to cover all the necessary learning aspects, which
include fundamental piano technique training, theory study, sight-reading
skill, ensemble music, and ear-training. In addition, some students may
also be interested in jazz music, accompaniment, harmonization, or other skills
and genres. All teaching contents are tailored to each individual’s need and
It is necessary to let students feel learning music is engaging,
fulfilling, and fun. The tools they
learn from my lessons will enable them to play piano easily. I hope
students enjoy the moment when they share music with their friends and
I consider myself a very sincere music educator. It is my responsibility
to teach my students not only to play piano, but also to assist them to explore
and enhance other life skills through their music study.
Such skills can be incorporated in all aspects of our lives.
Collaboration-- When we play a duet or chamber music, we work with our partners as a team.
Patience -- Daily practice obviously costs tremendous time and
Confidence -- Great performance is based on great
Problem solving/Decision-making -- When student practice by
themselves, they need to think independently and to find a way of
solving the problem on their own.
Self-expression -- Students express themselves freely during
Time management -- Everybody needs to find a way to fit daily practice time into their busy schedule. Especially for adult students, what are
the effective ways of practicing? Best management of practice time is a skill
that can be taught.
Judgment -- Students learn to establish their own interpretation in order to evaluate any music they hear, including their own playing.
Concentration -- There is nothing better than good focus to get
the most effective practice result.
Memorization- One of the biggest challenges for many young pianists. However, this skill can be taught systematically.
I am always open to listening to my students’ thoughts and
discerning their understanding. It is always important for me to adjust my
teaching methods and curriculum according to their learning pace,
while updating and improving my pedagogical concepts consistently. To be a role model, I always challenge myself to rethink critically and
keep myself studying intensively as well.
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