A little background of myself. I'm 21, and I took piano lessons when I was only in the 3rd and 4th grade. I learned just enough to read sheet music, and that's all. Up until now, I taught myself piano after a 9 year hiatus (luckily, I still remembered how to read sheet music). However, I also feel like I'm rushing myself because I like to play songs that are way out of my league, especially since I'm not classically trained. In fact, my first classical piece I ever learned was Chopin's Revolutionary Etude! Sounds monstrous for a first, since it took me at least 2 months to fully memorize the song, but it's not something I'm too proud of because I'm very sloppy. My fingering techniques are quite good, but my accuracy is kind of off. Other than that, I want to say that I'm around above intermediate level. I just sent in my college application in order to become a music major.
Anyway, I'm in a bit of a rut at the moment. It turned out that a few days ago, I applied for a job as a piano teacher at my Chinese school. It turned out that I utterly lied during the interview, telling them that I taught piano before to little kids at my home town in Los Angeles (I now live in Las Vegas). Luckily, I brought all my old piano books with me when I grew up and showed to them the "methods" I'll be using and such. I told my interviewers that it was mostly video game music that motivated me to play, and that's something I'd like to use on the children if it means more motivation to them. After all, a teacher teaching only things like classical can get pretty boring and may drive a child into disinterest. However, I'll have to teach the kids what they NEED to learn in order to play what they WANT to learn. Let's just say that this is probably the only time in which I'm more nervous AFTER the interview than before. They ended up buying my whole story, and agreed to hire me after I perform in front of the whole school. Great...
They've discussed things like giving demo lessons and showing off my talent in front of all the children and their parents. I'm extremely nervous because I've never done anything like this. I need to fix all of my mistakes before Saturday's performance, and I also need to learn how to begin teaching these children. I wrote down a small list of songs I'll be practicing like a madman for this Saturday. They are (not in that order):
- Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum (Debussy)
Rustle of Spring (Sinding)
La valse d'Amelie (Yann Tiersen)
Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi (Yann Tiersen)
Grand Valse Mario (Karl Harmdierks)
I'm good with books, but I need some advice on teaching for the first time, handling the children (generally ages 6 to 17) as well as their parents, and performing for the first time (I doubt those recitals when I was in 4th grade counts). I'd greatly appreciate anybody's thoughts on the matter.
Too much to read? Here it is in a nutshell: Applied for piano teaching position at my Chinese school without prior teaching experience. Must perform in front of whole school to show what I'm capable of, although my piano skills aren't exactly top notch for the difficult pieces I casually play to myself with. I need help with how to teach children for the first time and performing for this Saturday.
UPDATE: Apparently, the school just called me to tell me that she wants me to play children's music, which is a lot more relieving on my part. She prefers that I play video game music or anything that would appeal to the children. Looks like I don't have to work too hard on the pieces I already prepared, but I must work harder on the video game pieces that I know of. I'll still be playing the list above including Chopinesque Kirby (Karl Harmdierks)