7 Useful Tips for Teaching Music & Piano in China


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In August 2016, I accepted a piano teaching position in Shanghai, China to embark a new chapter of my life. I began my piano teaching path as a substitute teacher teaching young children in 2008 when I was still a conservatory student in NYC. I also spent 2 years teaching University student at NYU. Afterward, I moved…

Letter Inconsiderate Disrespectful Selfish Parent Piano Teacher

An Open Letter to the Inconsiderate, Disrespectful, and Selfish Parent From a Piano Teacher


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Dear inconsiderate, disrespectful and selfish parent of my soon-to-be-former student, I would like to inform you that I can no longer teach your daughter, effective immediately. It has been a pleasure to work with your child in the past month. But after four lessons, I am confident that we are not a good fit. Not…

How to Help My Kid to Practice the Piano at Home: A Parents’ Guide


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How to help my kid to practice the piano at home is a question that many parents would ask when they start their children with piano lessons. Before we begin on the “how,” I want to first say that taking piano lessons (or other instrumental lessons) is not only about learning how to play. It…

The Incredibly Honest Facts About Chinese Parenting in Contrast to the Rest of the World (And How to Deal With Them.)


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Stereotypically, Chinese parenting is known to be more strict, demanding, and controlling than parents from other parts of the world. As much as I dislike making assumption base on cultural backgrounds, some cases are just too stereotypical that crack me up and irritate me all at the same time. I’ve taught the piano in New…

5 Steps to Creating Your First Teaching Philosophy


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Teaching philosophy is one of the most immediate ways to give your prospective employer or student parents an idea of your teaching style and what you can offer in your lessons. It’s an important piece of information every professional music educator needs to have in their profile. It’s not always, but often requested when you…