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The Right Notes

The Right Notes

Coach Nasirah helps scholars hit the right notes

How often can your child say he or she is being coached by a graduate of one of the top three universities in the world?

Well, those attending Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) have one such person in Nasirah Nur Ibrahim who lives up to the international school’s boast of having A+ coaches.

Nasirah graduated from Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in July 2018, majoring in violin performance, which also consisted of how to educate and perform.

In 2017, RCS was ranked joint third in the world in the QS World University Rankings under the performing arts education institution category.

“It was a good experience studying in Glasgow. It taught me how to manage my time,” says Nasirah, who is an alumni of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

“I learnt how to organise and how to pace myself while learning to be patient.

“My teachers were specific in teaching something and if you didn’t know something, they encouraged you to ask as they wanted you to do things properly.”

She has brought all those lessons with her to GOTS where she coaches the primary and secondary scholars music.

“I had to adapt to teaching to a classroom. The good thing is GOTS caps the number of scholars per class, so the transition was easier,” says Nasirah, who was tutoring other musicians before landing a permanent role in GOTS six months ago.

“One big difference is that I have to take note which scholar is falling behind so I can remind myself what they don’t remember.

“The biggest challenge is to keep everybody up at the same level.”

For the primary scholars, it is more about the basics and theory, with classroom activities while she expands her lessons on the history of music to the secondary scholars.

“Once they are finished with the basics, they need to know the history.

“The older kids will understand that better than the younger kids,” says Nasirah who started violin lessons when she was four.

Asked why she pursued violin, she says: “Actually, my mother was the one who suggested.

“Along the way, I liked playing it because I liked the sound it made and stuck to it.

“If you ask any musician why they play a particular instrument, they will tell you it’s because they like the sound it makes.

“That is why I use that information with my students. I tell them if they like something to stick to it.”

To learn more about GOTS and our unique teaching methodology, call our education consultants at +6011-3906 6866, WhatsApp https://wa.me/601139066866 or visit www.gots.edu.my.

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