Please allow me to tell you a little about myself. My name is Christine and I absolutely love teaching children to love music — to see their happy faces and how much they enjoy themselves, is immensely rewarding and I think this part of what makes me a good piano teacher.
It has been over 20 years that I have been teaching piano. I obtained my RCM Associate of The Royal Conservatory (ARCT) diploma for Piano Performers in 2003 and my Bachelor of Music from Simon Fraser University in 2005. I am a member of the Piano Teachers Federation. I obtain Early Childhood Education certification where the main focus is on children's developmental education. From 2010-2016, I taught Music for Young Children (MYC). It is a fun and engaging program to teach young children about the wonderful world of music. Children who graduate from this program are equipped to learn to play any instrument. In 2015, I became a certified teacher in Music Together. It is a research-based program that focuses on teaching children basic music competence.
I believe in being firm instead of angry; to encourage instead of being critical. I teach music pieces that bring enjoyment to the students and make them fall in love with music immediately. I like to use my words, my attitude and my enthusiasm to nourish the natural interest of children in music and their love for it, to encourage them to reach their full potential. In order to achieve this, I make use of a wide variety of visual aids, simple games, practice incentives and various musical instruments — most children enjoy learning how to play the piano best of all.
Preparing students for the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations (RCM), is an important part of what I offer — my pass rate has always been 100%.
When it comes to preparing for exams, I communicate openly and honestly with students and parents, to let them understand where they are at and which areas require more work. It is crucial to keep the parents involved and informed so that they do not foster unrealistic expectations of their child, but remain enthusiastic, objective and encouraging.