Piano teacher must be one of the mysterious career ever! Every time someone ask me about my career they seem to have no idea of what exactly I do or they have the strangest idea ever! Of course the most common question is what is your full time job? Then there are other questions like, you need training to be a piano teacher? It must be a dream job to work only on weekend?! Why do I need a piano at home? I don’t mean to be rude or anything but we (piano teachers) need to educate the not so musical people out there!!!
I don’t know if this will help anyone, but I just want to give whoever read this an inside look of my life as a piano teacher in Bangkok.
I’ve been teaching for more than 7 years now. It’s funny to think about my first day teaching. I was about 17-18 years old when I got an offer to teach at the local music school, and of course I said yes! I only teach on Saturday, on my first day I got 5 students and by the third week I got 10 students! That’s 10 hours of nonstop teaching from 9am.- 7pm. No lunch break! I had no idea what was going on, I never make a lesson plan. I just go with the flow and what the lesson book tells me to do. I enjoyed it!
Back then I didn’t care much about music education or teaching method. I never give piano that much thought. I just like doing it. As the years go by I don’t understand why my students doesn’t enjoy music. Why some of my students HATE piano lesson! I started to see all the flaws in different method books, and all the things that they miss to mention.
This is about the time I started teaching in a new school. So new school, new students, new goal! I’d be delighted if one of my student turn out to be a pianist or a piano teacher or anything to do with music. But what I want for my students is now simply this,
Music should be something that everyone can understand enjoy and feel it in your body!
Music is an outlet for your imagination, a way to express something that you can’t explain with words