When I first started as a teacher, I was egotistical, a strict taskmaster and a perfectionist. I was good at music and expected students to be just as good.
I was stressed, bad-tempered, impatient and uncompassionate. Students did well in their exams, but were terrified of me.
I felt drained and unhappy, and complaining was second nature.
It was only when I decided to work with 2 year olds that something changed. Those kids were such a bundle of positive, happy energy, there was no way I could be bad-tempered with them.
Through the years working with such young kids, I learnt to love unconditionally and accept each child for who he or she is.
I became open to learning from the children. The children became my most influential teacher.
I would do anything to have a child understand what I was teaching – and that meant discovering new ways of teaching that were creative, colourful and fun.
Today, I enjoy my work with the children so much. The children changed me and I have become in peace with myself. Parents tell me that I am the most patient and big-hearted teacher they have ever come across. I feel grateful that I was given a second chance to redeem myself from my past.
Over the years, and after attending workshops, conferences, and learning from teachers whom I consider to be fantastic, I developed a curriculum that teaches children from as young as 15 months the joys of music.
Through fun and playful methods, children learn to sight read, recognise classical composers like Mozart and Beethoven, and play the keyboard.
Using the Teacher Ping method, I’ve taught hundreds of children who have gone on to develop a great talent, love and appreciation for music!