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INTERVIEW #1

25 years old, Male, studied in UCSI, Bachelor in Classical Music, Classical Voice major,
Working experience: 2 Years

1) What is the most difficult challenges/pressure faced during your teaching experience?
As a voice teacher, the toughest challenge that I have encountered would be the younger
student’s ability to understand the vocal technique.

2) How do you think you can overcome the challenges you faced? You may suggest possible
ways from your experience?
I think I could improve by doing more references on how to demonstrate and explain clearer
and easier to understand by the kid. I think I could find a creative and fun method to let the
younger student understand it.

3) What is your satisfactory level being a music teacher?


Only neutrally satisfied, although there are some parts of my teaching job that I am not satisfied
with.
Could you explain further why?
Because I have a few problems faced with the management of my music centre and I am
planning in changing centre by next month. I meant that I am not satisfied with my music centre,
but not my teaching. I love my teaching job.

4) If given a chance/if opportunity arises, would you prefer to remain or change your working
field?
Since I am a part time teacher and I focus a lot on choir, I don’t have another reason to just let
go of my teaching job. Only when that opportunity requires me to give up my current teaching
job, then only I’ll consider whether it is worth the change or not.
INTERVIEW #2
27 years old, Female, studied in UCSI, Bachelor in Contemporary Music, Contemporary Voice
major, Working experience: 2.5 Years

1) What is the most difficult challenges/pressure faced during your teaching experience?
Many children in Malaysia I think are quite shy. It is hard for them to try different sounds when
they are afraid of how people see them and become embarrassed. (Shy students)

2) How do you think you can overcome the challenges you faced? You may suggest possible
ways from your experience?
I think the solution would be to encourage the children more and give them reassurance. it is
good to also expose them to performing more and maybe occasionally get someone to watch
his/her singing progress in class. This is to boost up their confidence. it is good to also ask for
the child's opinion and make them be very honest about it. Ex: "Do you like this song? You
can be honest about it." then if they reply no, you can then proceed to explain to them why you
are doing this song and for what purpose and tell them that they might come to like it and ask
them to try.
3) What is your satisfactory level being a music teacher?
In terms of teaching, yes I am satisfied. In terms of my payment from the music centre and
unnecessary workload, then no.
Could you explain further why?
I think the management of my music centre is rather a disappointment, as their payment ratio
is not according to the other music centres. Like, the boss takes more than the teachers. So this
is what I am mad about. And the amount of workload is rather a lot, having to do student recitals
every month, and also I have to participate in some pointless meetings of the centre even at
night. I’m just not satisfied with the centre, but I loved teaching the students here.
4) If given a chance/if opportunity arises, would you prefer to remain or change your working
field?
For me what I want is just to change (music) centre, which I already have and will start in June.
But this is just as a part-time income la, because I got do gigs and all, so I’m not that worried
about this. I just want to teach to gain more experiences.