INTERVIEW BASED ON LEARNING METHODS4
Organization: Guangzhou Music School
Position: Part- time piano teacher
Email: [email protected]
What is your current job description?
I work on weekends as a piano teacher for a music school in China. Iteach from 2 PM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
What are the ages of your students?
My students range from 10 to 12 years old.
How many students do you work with?
Currently I have 5 students. I expect more during the Decemberholidays.
Would you describe your mode of teaching as imitation?
Besides issuing instruction, my students also learn by observing me.It is not mandatory for a person to crisscross their legs whileplaying the piano. It is just a personal preference. However, Inoticed that most of them crisscross their legs just as I do yet Ihave never instructed them to do so.
How have you conditioned your students to adapt well to your learning environment?
All my students know that whenever I enter the room it is time forstudying piano. If I walk in on them making noise and chasing eachother, they quietly get back to their pianos and remove their booksfrom the bag.
How do you ensure that your students pay attention to the important aspects of your lessons?
In piano studies, every concept forms the basis for a more complexconcept. In short, everything is important. However, when it comes toconfusing concepts on my PowerPoint presentations, I always highlightthem with colorful shades to attract the attention of the learners.
What kind of motivation do you offer to your students to encourage them to acquire more knowledge?
I always motivate my students by narrating to them the history ofrenowned pianists during our “commercial breaks”. I also pointout that they could achieve the same if they worked hard enough.
What methods do you use to reinforce the learning experience in your students?
I always appreciate students who follow instructions and reprimandmisbehavior. Out of my personal budget, I buy candy for the topstudents in my regular assessments.
What objects or illustrations do you use to create a mental representation of your ideas in the brains of your students?
The school provides 3D animations for some piano concepts that youwould not understand (laughs). The aim of these animations is tocreate a mental representation in order to conceptualize the message.
What are some of the stereotypes that your students hold regarding piano playing?
For some strange reason, my students think that people with biggerfingers make good piano players. I do not know why.
What would you consider as “automatic” once your students see you enter the class?
I am not sure I understand your question, but whenever the studentssee me, they automatically know it is time for learning. The otherday when I told them that we were not going to have a class, theysomehow did not believe me.
What is your general opinion on the progress of your piano students from the day you started teaching them?
They have grasped some complex concepts that I never thought theywould learn so fast.
What is it that you think you could do to improve the cognitive abilities of your students?
I think making the classes completely practical would improve theircognition.