Minha Kim

My primary instrument is piano and I also play flute as well. After receiving my ARCT Diploma: Performer’s specialization from Royal Conservatory of Music in 2011, I have taken a very active role in teaching music students both with their music and theory lessons. My musical achievements that I’m proud of are my participating in the Calgary Kiwanis Festival and the awards that were rewarded for all my efforts. I’ve been awarded with one 1st place awards for Impressionism category as well as three 2nd place awards for Classical and Canadian Composers categories. Taking music lessons opens up another avenue to self-expression and allows you to get more in touch with your feelings and creativity to become a well-rounded self-directed learner. My sincere hope with all my students is that they will gain the confidence to face their insecurities and challenges head on, and take charge of their own learning for the sake of learning itself and the enjoyment it brings.

I chose to become a music teacher because in my 13 years of teaching experience, taking music lessons gives students opportunities to experience a very interactive way of learning that they often lack in school. Also, teaching music is not only rewarding for students but for teachers as well: Teachers share a sense of accomplishment with students, and I feel challenging myself to think of new, fun ways of teaching brings much personal enjoyment. My strengths as a music teacher are my adaptability, persistence, and patience with students. I feel that it’s my job as a teacher to assure my students of their eventual successes, present them with baby steps they can take to tackle their challenges, and cheer them on when they have outdone themselves. My teaching philosophy is that teachers should instill a sense of fun during the lesson by making it possible for students to relate what they’ve been taught to their personal experiences. The process of making the connections between what they’ve been taught to their lives is what makes learning fun for them. I also believe that music learning shouldn’t stop with students’ practicing at home by themselves. Parents should also be involved by becoming students’ personal cheerleaders: Parents should take active roles in the students’ learning at home by providing a welcoming atmosphere for practices as well as acknowledging students’ musical growth whenever an opportunity rises.