‘My greatest satisfaction was not only the development of my piano technique, but my understanding of music – which has taken on a new dimension: Music is the ultimate form of human expression, the source of heartfelt confessions. In order for one to understand music, one must first understand oneself.’
When I was a boy, my perception of piano teachers was exactly like those in the movies – formal, serious and distant. That was until I met Dr Michael Low. I first met Dr Low during my primary school years, his gentle smile and quick-witted expressions left a profound impression on me. Since then, every piano lesson with him was conducted at a self-paced tempo. In my opinion Dr Low is not a teacher who sees music lessons as merely a ‘fun’ subject, nor is he the type of teacher who puts enormous pressure on his students in order to achieve outstanding results. But instead, his teaching method is progressive, well-paced, meticulous yet versatile, and is fundamentally concerned with the development of the student as a whole, rather than just the teaching of music itself. Dr Low once asked me: Do you wish to pursue a career in music or do you prefer music as a hobby? He explained that the decision I make will determine a difference in approach in his teaching. Dr Low has a novel and unique way of relating to his students to the extent that they are able to talk to him like friends.
Within a few years of studying with Dr Low, my greatest satisfaction was not only the development of my piano technique, but my understanding of music – which has taken on a new dimension: Music is the ultimate form of human expression, the source of heartfelt confessions. In order for one to understand music, one must first understand oneself. I am very fortunate to have met Dr Low. In my (humble) opinion, Dr Low’s profound knowledge of music and his perceptive-based teaching philosophy should become the living benchmark for pianists.