Information About Pik Shan - Cambridge teacher - (11 reviews)
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***PLEASE NOTE: I am only available to teach until 20th October. Please feel free to get in touch for availability.***
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 was fully involved myself in the orchestra, chorus, ensembles, composition, music history and recording technique. I was invited to perform in the public recital in my 1st year where only 2nd and 3rd year students were allowed to. Despite focusing on my solo piano works, I was actively asked as an accompanist for fellow students, as well as privately for other instruments' exams. 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 had gained fantastic experience by playing along with others musicians and this broadened my knowledge about orchestral music.
I have currently completed a master degree in Music Therapy (2018), where I am trained how to utilise music as a tool to communicate with people in need. This is believed that music can engage others in regards 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 2012. I specialise in teaching children using the skill set that I gained from working at the nursery. Beside providing a fun and productive lesson, I actively observe children's emotion and tailor my teaching accordingly. During the 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.
Concentration requires a great deal of effort for young children, therefore rewards after each lessons are often welcomed by them as a little something cheerful after having been working hard. 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.
My teaching strongly prioritise playing the piano with a correct posture. This is because an incorrect posture, meaning using the wrong muscles/parts of the body will result in causing tensions and potentially lead to muscle aches and or even injury. Students often build up unnecessary bad habits as they play along and lack of paying attention to details. These habits could include playing without evenness, no dynamics changes, overly loud/soft, using the wrong finger numbers, misunderstanding or ignoring musical expression/terminology, sitting too close to the piano, dropping the wrist too low and shrugging the shoulders. There are a lot more '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 habits, the more difficult they are to be corrected in the later stage. The best approach is to educate students 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. 100% pass rate and 99% achieved distinctions in the exams, from initial to grade 5. Exams can be frightening and discouraging, therefore having an excellent result in exams provide students a sense of achievements and this encourages and motivates students to take up the challenge in the next grade confidently. In order to prepare students to perform under the pressure and in a nervous environment, there will be enough mock exams prior to the actual one. Although taking exams are never 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 and learning the piano 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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I would highly recommend her.
She is very professional and reliable. I would highly recommend Pik Shan Li as a piano teacher.