Information About Mun Sum - Birmingham teacher
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I am presently studying Master of Music at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. I have lived in Birmingham for four years.
I teach students of all ages and backgrounds and am open to catering to the needs of students - if you wish to undertake examinations (ABRSM or Trinity) or would just like to learn the piano as a hobby.
I have a younger sibling myself and believe myself to be quite encouraging towards children of all ages. My patient and open-minded disposition allows me to get along well with people/children of all types of personalities.
I am organised and flexible with all my students to ensure that they are under great care and guidance. Sharing my musical knowledge to students is very fulfilling to me as it gives me the power to inspire other people and watch them grow :)
I have been teaching piano since year 2011. My students start from as young as age 3.
I have experience working as an assistant in teaching piano and the fundamentals of rhythm, singing etc. to groups of young children- I have knowledge of teaching using 'Musikgarten' (for early childhood music education) syllabus and materials to guide children from aged 3 to 9 and develop musical interest in them.
I have also worked with students with autism and dyslexia before- designing music, dance, drama and visual arts lesson to provide them a platform for expressing their creativity and also an opportunity to develop passion and interest in these fields.
I guide all my students in both the practical (piano playing) and theoretical (music theory) aspect as I believe these two come hand in hand. I usually make use of the first or last quarter of the lesson to move to music theory practice and written exercises - this can involve the use of attractive visual aids like drawing/colouring/stickers/magnets and whiteboard, which is effective in engaging younger children's attention. I also prepare my own musical cards which can be very hands on and great for memory - used with and/or without the piano. These cards will be accumulative over the lessons and are for the students to keep. Parents can help 'test' and practice with them at home using these cards - students will come back to lesson with a great sense of achievement and they will learn faster.
The importance of fundamentals is grounded very much in many key elements that include good sense of rhythm, pitch awareness, singing and listening, harmonic as well as contextual knowledge. With these in mind, I strive to develop the learning potential of all my students to their best; I encourage them to be creatively curious or curiously creative in their own way.
Students can also benefit from the practice list provided every lesson. This way, both the teacher and the student can keep track of everything learnt as well as to guide students to have clear goals in mind when they practice.
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Additional Languages: Chinese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2015) - LRSM (Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music) Diploma in Piano Performance (Distinction) (Other) (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2013) - Grade 8 in Music Theory (Other) (✔ On File)