Hello, I’m Anitaelise Kohli and I teach piano lessons and write poetry.
Piano teaching is my second career, a choice to work from home and have time for family. I started teaching in 2001 and loved it!
When I started teaching, I realised that one size doesn’t fit all, and that each piano student learns and thinks differently. And that started me learning to change my piano teaching to meet different learning needs.
I have some experience teaching students with learning difficulties, as well as working with parents when young children need discipline, or need a more flexible approach to discipline.
Students of all ages find my piano lessons both challenging and relaxing at the same time.
MY MISSION AS A TEACHER
- To help my students relax and fit piano practise into their busy schedules in a relaxed way.
- To teach in a way that stimulates thinking and helps my students learn skills that help them in their lives outside of piano lessons.
- To work with students and families to create a community that supports music at home.
Seeing my students find joy in learning brings me tremendous joy and satisfaction.
The Mountains of Tasmania was my first poem written when I was in my late teens. A desperate effort to write introductory notes to a piano piece on which I could find very little to read!
Writing always has been a challenge for me, something I struggled with. I only started writing regularly after a two year bout of laryngitis during which I had to write to communicate and speak only when necessary.
I write poetry regularly and use a diary when I need to vent or sort things out. I write when I face challenges, until I find a solution. Writing is an outlet for my feelings about my life, as well as what happens around me.
Many of my poems are written in the first person. I feel this makes my poems more personal to my readers.
I hope you enjoy reading my posts.