"As a child I had piano lessons, and I always loved music. But the piano lessons were so dull, and it bothered me a lot. I thought: 'why a lesson has to be this way?'
I believed it could be otherwise, so I decided to be a teacher and develop a way to make lessons more interesting. When I started working, I went straight to the Junior High, then the kids I used to teach were older and already came to my classes with a history of interaction with the music from previous years - a negative image of music lessons, already without high expectations, hoping those boring lectures end up fast. I tried to change things, make them come back to a previous time when they could feel pleasure of learning music.
Then I realized that there was a better way to save time. There was no sense in redo expectations. I didn’t understand why the primary classes had to be so boring and wanted to do things differently, make things more pleasant from the beginning. Today I teach in primary and I'm trying to change things at the base.
In my school days, I was always a normal student. I never missed the classes, had no ups and downs. I did everything that needed to be done, fulfilled my duties. I had many teachers from primary that I admired and still remember fondly. I always liked teachers who care for the children, who took into account their feelings. I like those teachers who were interested in their students, those willing to listen to everything we had to say. Today I try to be like those.
It's not about being the children's friend, but being approachable by them. When I realize I'm becoming a less regardful teacher, I remember those teachers I had and I do as they used to: try to improve my communication with the students.
In Japan we work together, all the teachers know all students, although each student always have a responsible teacher. All teachers help themselves. We work together because we have a common goal, we are co-workers.
Every year the schools change. No teacher or principal spends years in the same school. So we are always new in each group we integrate. This make us work together for one goal: the student learning. Whenever a teacher is graduated and will start to give lessons, they are always accompanied by a more experienced teacher for one year in their classes, to guide, ask questions and gain security.
Japan hopes that children grow up with a good heart, being good citizens. Because of this, there is less care about disciplines and academic performance. It is more about responsibilities. That's what I do with my students, I try to make them grow as citizens.
When I say that I am a teacher, many people think my life is very difficult, because I have to deal with parents increasingly demanding. The image of the teaching profession is a hard chore for me because of the parents, even knowing that as a music teacher I don’t have a class of my responsibility. So, in my case particularly I don’t have to deal directly with parents, but for the teachers who do, it is a complicated part of the work.
I feel very supported by the school system. When something goes wrong, teachers and principals are involved. Our side of the story is always heard and we try to solve problems together. Once a month we have a meeting of all the school teachers. Each teacher will talk about all students and we build together the strategies for each student, every decision has a connection with the system, then we are never by ourselves.
I never felt alone. Always I received a lot of support. My sister is also a teacher, she has felt the loneliness of the job. She is more closed and have more difficulty communicating. It is important to say that teachers are people, we have different personalities . Each one has its own way of doing things. But the system always provides help. My sister had the help of another teacher so she could work and feel better.
We are all different, it is important to remember that.
There are many teachers who are teaching and not feel fulfilled. I hope they can always keep in mind that the future will be better and the work you are doing today will cause changes in the future. For my students, I hope they like music. I hope they like all kinds of music.
Being a teacher is good, but not easy. The important thing is to know that in the future it will be worth it. Not everything goes as we planned. Results can take time to appear, but when you see the transformation, everything pays off."