1) What motivates you to work with international students?
It is a chance to open myself to different cultures. While I am teaching, I also learn a lot from interacting with the students from various countries and cultures. It helps me to understand more about the way each student thinks and learns. I believe that if students and teachers communicate well, teaching and learning will have better results too.
2) What are two specific highlights of your training or education that you are most proud of — and that are most applicable to your teaching role at ISB?
Based on my musical training and my prior teaching training, there are two critical aspects to music teaching and learning. First is learning how to manipulate one’s body in relationship to the instrument, how to use the body in the most efficient way to create best results on the instrument. Second, and equally important, are strong music fundamentals such as music theory, ear-training, and music history. They help students understand what they’re playing, how songs should be played, and most importantly, how to enjoy the music.
3) Where have you lived most of your life? If not in Thailand, what brought you here?
I have lived mostly in Thailand. I lived in Chiang Mai for 18 years before I moved to Bangkok to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music. After I graduated, I received a scholarship to study flute for nine months in Graz, Austria. After I finished the program. I decided to return to Bangkok and continue my studies with the master’s program in flute performance and pedagogy at Mahidol University before starting work at ISB.
4) Have you worked with students before in preparation for their taking music exams?
Yes. I have prepared many high school students for their entrance exams to music programs, mainly ear-training and music theory, both individually and in classes. For younger children, I have prepared students for piano, theory, and ear-training for ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) and Trinity exams.