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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Random Thoughts -vwv

I ran into my ex-piano teacher in the lift while on my way home last week. She wasn't with her children but I think her elder daughter should be around 4 years old now. I didn't manage to speak with her (the lift was crowded) but I wondered if she intends to teach her children how to play the piano.

I have always felt that it is very stressful to have a parent as a teacher. I have first hand experience learning painting and chinese calligraphy from my father. That was a nightmare. Firstly, unlike normal teachers, parents tend to have ridiculously high expectations. Secondly, since most of us live with our parents, it's like having your teacher around all the time. The class NEVER ends. One moment you're watching TV, the next it's time for class.

While not impossible, it's probably difficult to have a teacher-student relationship among close relatives. I remember a funny comment by my housemate in university while I was watching figure skating on TV. As a skater came onto the ice (can't remember who, Yuka Sato perhaps?), the commentator mentioned that she was being coached by her husband. At that moment, my housemate exclaimed,
"What?! How can you be coached by your husband?! Imagine if the coach shouted,
'No no no! That's all wrong, what ARE you doing?!!'

'Shout at me again and you're not getting any tonight!'

'Okaayy... let's wrap up, training's over.'"


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Yiheng made
10:28 AM

2 Comments:

You could always learn to be like your sister and bo chup your dad. i guess you just wanted to please him.
By Blogger Soqcrates, at 12:45 AM  

Oh, he is doing a much better job at bo chuping man, believe me. Ha! If I can block out as much nonsense as my bro, I wouldn't be half as pissed.
By Blogger fEatHeRs, at 2:37 AM  

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