I have a certain teaching philosophy when it comes to teaching FLUTE. I believe in Strong Fundamentals, Personalisation, and Fun.
Let me explain...
One of the things that frustrates me the most is seeing raw potential being wasted due to lack of proper guidance. So what dangers or traps will make the difference between excelling or struggling in defeat?
- BAD PLAYING HABITS
Now you’d be surprised how many ‘flute pedagogues’ out there don’t teach the correct fundamentals. Learning flute without good fundamental setup is like sailing the ocean without any compass or map. I myself had to blindly persist for years until I found a teacher who was able to teach me EXACTLY what’s required to play the flute properly, and it was only then that my flute playing progressed dramatically.
I want to save you from all the confusion and wasted time. If you want abstract metaphors or dull, arbitrary instructions, I’m not the teacher for you. Instead, I will be focusing on giving you a strong grasp of the essential foundations of playing flute.
- STRESS, ANXIETY, LAZINESS
The other most common killer for talent is the complete opposite - the stereotypical super-strict teacher that beats all the fun and love out of making music. Before you know it, the student becomes a technically-proficient robot with no spontaneous expression or inspiration. Even worse, many students eventually burn out, and reach a point where the thought of practicing or performing brings nothing but a feeling of ANXIETY.
The truth is that talent is worthless without practice. But practice doesn’t have to be hard work. In fact, with good fundamentals and proper inspiration, flute practice becomes how it should be - fun and exciting. Why am I passionate about keeping students passionate? Because I myself have experienced periods where flute has become more a struggle than a joy. Trust me - it doesn't need to be.
- LACK OF PERSONAL ATTENTION
The beauty of one on one lessons is that the student benefits from the teacher's complete, 100% attention. Sadly, this is often not the case, as MANY teachers opt more for the text book approach, where they repeat the same instructions and system to every one of their students.
While a teaching system is important, it's crucial to realise every person is unique and individual. Every one has their own learning methods, psyche, as well as goals and life situation.
Thus, I believe the true art of teaching is not just in knowing in detail how to play flute, but taking that knowledge and making it 'click' effortlessly in every student.
So, if you are interested in personalised, effective and fun flute lessons, email me now at email@example.com.
P.S. I am fluent in both English and Mandarin (Chinese).