Every year I send year 12 kids off in term 2 (if they don’t do music for HSC), some in term 3 (if they are the music 1 or music 2 kids).
By then almost 100% of them will all have been with me for a very a very long period of time.
Millie hasn’t been with me long but she has accomplished so much in the past 15 months. I see her so often during the pandemic that I only need to have one look at her on zoom I will know it’s a hooray day or an OH OH time. I post her so often to Taiwanese community I honestly think she will get recognized in Chatswood or Taiwan.
Some kids I delete their numbers as soon as they are out of my door. But some kids numbers stay on my phone for 10 or 20 years...(that’s many of you on my Instagram)
Unless she forgot her good old teacher I will have her number on my phone making sure she is happy and well in life.
It’s so good to see kids looking happy and pretty and ready to fly!
I never take more than 2 HSC students at the same time. Not only there is a lot of technical and musical components to deal with, there is also a lot of emotional and confidence issues that needs constant reinforcement and reassurance.
2021 is probably the year I will have with 4 HSC Music students. These kids all have been with me since young, I am anticipating the full on musical mother year to send these kids on their HSC journey.
Every Sep I notice HSC kids anxiety and stress level is going up to the roof. I was teaching Millie this yesterday called Butterfly Hug Technique-reduce Emotional stress and lower heart rate.
Butterfly Hug technique:
You wrap your arms around yourself so that each hand touches the opposite upper arm or shoulder . Then you move your hands like the wings of a butterfly to tap your arms/shoulders in an alternating rhythm . Breathing in at the same time, do it as long as you feel you need.
It’s an immediate stress reducing technique and something you can do now to decrease anxiety.
I do this if I have trouble sleeping, before getting on stage or just anytime you feel stress or anxious.
This is the technique that you once learn, you will go back to it for the rest of your life.