Information About Pik Shan - Cambridge teacher - (15 reviews)
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Highly experienced in teaching children piano (aged from 4½) with a fun, encourage and progressive method. I believe in the quality and understanding of learning, rather than the quantity of pieces that students learn.
I completed an intensive music foundation course in 2011 and received a bachelor's degree with first-class honours in Music in 2014. I have also achieved a master degree in music therapy in 2018. I have experience in performing in public concerts, organised student concert. Despite focusing on teaching piano, I have also worked as an accompanist for other instrumentalists for performance and exam purposes.
Being a qualified music therapist and previously worked in a nursery have strengthened my instrumental teaching skills, especially when it comes to building productive relationships with young children.
My Students are aged between 4½ to 70+. I have successfully helped student to pass with exam with merit and distinctions - both through online and in person lesson. I am equally happy to offer casual lesson for leisure purpose.
I specialis in teaching children using the skillset that I gained from working full time at the nursery. Besides providing a fun and productive lesson, I actively observes children's emotional responses and tailors my teaching accordingly. During lessons, children are invited to play duets with the teacher and answer questions in an imaginative way. The more students enjoy the lessons, the more it reinforces the knowledge they learn from the lessons.
I do not merely focus my teaching on finger techniques and playing music with the correct rhythm, as being a good musician comes down to the smallest detail. I take time to work and encourage students to have a good posture and problem solving skills in reading music. Although this can lead to extended learning times initially, it builds a solid foundation in sight-reading and theory; and it is beneficial to students later down the learning path.
It is important for students to develop an optimistic and confident attitude towards learning, practising and playing the piano. I feel this is important, not only in relation to learning the piano, but also when it comes to facing other challenges that they may come across in life.
Although taking exams should not be viewed as the main reason for learning an instrument, they do help to give the student an indication as to their progress, and gradually introduce and nuance techniques in a progressive manner. Exams can be frightening and stressful, therefore having an excellent result in exams provide students with a sense of achievement, and this encourages and motivates them to take up the challenge of the next grade confidently. In order to prepare students to perform under the pressure and in a nervous environment, we can arrange a number of mock exams prior to the actual one.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
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Additional Languages: Chinese, English (British), Japanese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Anglia Ruskin University (2014) - First Honour (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (2011) - Music Foundation (College) (✔ On File)
- The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2010) - Grade 8 Piano, Advanced Level in Music Performance (Professional) (✔ On File)
- The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (2006) - Grade 5 Theory (Professional) (✔ On File)
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I would highly recommend her.
She is very professional and reliable. I would highly recommend Pik Shan Li as a piano teacher.