1) What motivates you to work with international students?
Their enthusiasm and readiness to take what I would like to give and inspire them to keep me motivated and excited about teaching in an international environment. Working with international students can be challenging as all have different backgrounds and goals, but I truly enjoy customising music lessons to fulfill individual needs and interests of the student. I love the feeling when students leave my classroom with smiles on their faces.
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?
My five-year Bachelor’s Degree Program in Music Education from Chulalongkorn University and four years of training and teaching experiences in London and New York City. I learned that effective music teaching involves more than just being a great musician but also being able to adjust teaching strategies to fit each student, recognizing that students learn in different ways and have different expectations. At ISB, most of my students take music exams, perform in recitals, band concerts, play duets/ensembles with friends as well as trying out for auditions throughout the year. I put effort into every detail and make the most of my music teaching by being well-prepared, setting realistic goals, staying focused and patient, and being very selective with the materials used in class so that I can help my clarinet and piano students reach their full potential.
3) Where have you lived most of your life? If not in Thailand, what brought you here?
I was born and raised in Bangkok and spent four years studying and working in the United Kingdom and the United States. I began teaching ISB students in 2005.
4) Have you worked with students before in preparation for their taking music exams?
Yes. I started working with students in preparation for their music exams when I was in London. Most of my music students in the UK took Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). In Thailand, I have many clarinet and piano students entering the Trinity College London Music Examinations Board every year. In the Mid-Year Session of 2019, all of my students from ISB who took the exams received a Pass with Distinction. In 2018, I received a Trinity Award for Excellence in Music Teaching. In addition to Trinity Music Graded Exams, I also help and support ISB middle school clarinet students prepared for their AMIS (The Association for Music in International Schools) Honor Band auditions.