Information About Pik Shan - Cambridge teacher - (9 reviews)
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***PLEASE NOTE: I am only available to teach until the end of the September. Please feel free to get in touch for availability. Many thanks.***
Completed a music foundation in 2011 and received a bachelor's degree (first class honour) in Music in 2014, where I received 72% in the public final recital.
During my time at the university, I joined the orchestra, chorus, composition, music history and recording technique. Apart from focusing my solo works, I was also actively asked as an accompanist for fellow students, as well as privately. It was a privilege to have joined the orchestra as a pianist/ keyboardist throughout my three-year degree due to the fact that pianists are not often required for orchestral music. I gained fantastic experience by playing along with others musicians and this has also broadened my knowledge about orchestral music.
I am currently studying a master in music therapy, where I am studying how to utilise music as a communication tool for people in need. This is believe that music can provide improvements communication, social skills, emotional expressions, cognitive functions and muscular responses. This profession has strengthened my skills in teaching piano in terms of innately in tune with children.
I have been teaching since my university degree. I specialise in teaching children using the skill set that I gained from the nursery that I worked at. Aside from making the lessons fun and interesting, I actively observe children's emotion and tailor my teaching accordingly. During the lessons, children are invited to play musical games and answer questions. This reinforces the knowledge they learn from the lessons.
Concentration requires a great deal of effort for young children, therefore rewards after each lessons are often welcomed by them. Not only this is something cheerful after having been working hard, but also as a motivation for them to practise. I use a similar teaching method with adults, except I will explain more in details and increase the task difficulties. This is because adults are generally more patient and have ability to take up the tasks.
I personally focus playing the piano with a correct posture as a priority. This is because a bad posture (using the wrong muscles/parts of the body) will cause tension which might lead to injury. Students often build up unnecessary bad habits as they play along and lack of paying attention to details. These habits might be playing too fast without evenness, no dynamics changes, too loud/soft, using the wrong fingering, misunderstanding or ignoring musical expression/terminology, sitting too close to the piano, dropping the wrist too low. There are a lot more bad habits students can come cross with and teachers and students are both responsible for this.
The longer students are unaware of and build up these bad habit, the more difficult they are to correct it in the later stage. The best approach is to educate them the correct idea right at the start. It might take longer to start but I believe one step at a time is the only way that leads to a solid foundation.
For my students who would like to take exams, I am happy to tailor the lessons based on their progress. 99% of my students achieved distinction in the exams, from initial to grade 5. I only put students through exams if I know they will do well. Exams can be frightening, therefore having an excellent result in exams encourages and motivates students to take up the challenge in the next grade confidently. There will be enough mock exams prior to the actual one, in order for students to practise playing under the pressure and in a nervous environment. Although taking exams are not the main reason to learn piano, this can be seen as a step-forward and a break before the next grade. Evidence has shown that students have developed an optimistic and confident attitude towards exams under my teaching.
I believe in the quality of learning and understanding rather than the quantity of pieces that they learn.
Please Note: Lessons only offered at student's place, there will be £5 extra to cover my travelling time (return) and costs (within Cambridge centre area). Anywhere outside of Cambridge will result in at least £10-up travelling fee. Students are responsible for any rental fee if they wish to rent a piano room for lessons.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation of a lesson must be made AT LEAST 48 hours prior to the scheduled lesson time in order to rearrange the lesson. This includes text messages or emailing. Students will be charged in full for lesson cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. There is no make up lessons rescheduled less than 48 hours in advance.
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Additional Languages: Chinese, English (British)
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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She is very professional and reliable. I would highly recommend Pik Shan Li as a piano teacher.