Mosman population is also changing. I used to have a lot of young families and now the majority of my students are teenagers. It's also a very small community because everyone knows everyone. I never advertise and 99.9% of my students are from word to mouth.
Probably I am a little bias but I think Mosman kids are quite unique. They are often very independent and have very strong personalities. They go to private schools and everyone knows everyone. Mosman parents are more laid back with kids singing lessons. The parents are not fussed about competitions or exams but pay great attention to the well being of the kids. I am quite strict with Mosman kids. Majority of them are very creative and it's a lot of fun to teach them but I make sure everyone knows exactly what I want them to do and I set great structure for them. No one dares to be late and I encourage everyone to participate in Eisteddfod and auditions. I believe Creative mind and talent need to combine with discipline to reach its maximum potential.
For my weekend students, I take kids from other suburbs who travel long distance to me. Most of them are from Pymble, Gordon or the Eastern suburbs. They are indeed different. They seem to be very academic and always look for competitions and exams to do. They also record everything I said and do it religiously. I love kids like this cause when kids do practice and have clear specific goal in mind, they achieve so much more. But there is also a problem. Singing and performing art doesn't work like academic subjects. You need to be chill too. Teaching these kids how to be chill and how to be in love with it instead of just excel it is a total different art.
That's why I love teaching.
Even though you yell at them, you still love them.
And they know that too.