Mother, Music Educator, And Montessori Co-Owner Christine Chin On What Makes Her Tick

CHRISTINE CHIN, CO-OWNER OF SPARKLES MONTESSORI & MUSIC EDUCATOR

What is it you do?

I partly own a Montessori and I have been teaching music for 16 years.

What is the most surprising thing about you that most people don’t know?

When I watch any movie at the cinema I'm sure to fall asleep. But also, while others might love a night out all dolled up and dressed up to the nines, I'd much rather kick off my heels, put on my jammies, make a nice cup of tea and 'nua' with the family on the couch.

What’s a typical day like in your life?

Like a typical working mother, my day starts with getting the kids ready for school (including the husband - for work) and ensuring the house is in a good state for when I get back. After a long day of teaching children, nothing beats coming home to a clean house.

What’s the hardest thing you have had to deal with in your life?

My relationship with my father.

What motivates you to keep going when the going gets tough?

As cliched as it may sound, when I look at my family, I know why I do what I do and, of course, with a lot of G.R.I.T. (more about that later).

How do you relax when you’re not working?

I sleep.

What tools do you use that are indispensable? What can you not live without?

I cannot live without my Phone and sufficient data! And also my husband. I didn't marry him for his looks. I married him because he's quite handy and 'street savvy'. LOL!

What books/documentaries would you recommend for someone who’d like to go into music education?

These days, information is readily available on the internet. Do your research, talk to people who are already in the industry to see whether this field is what you want to go into. And since it's music, some kind of talent is required. There isn't a specific book or documentary that I can recommend just yet.

What projects are you working on at the moment?

It's not what I am working on right now, but what I am working towards. And that is to eventually build a creative arts school.

Your all-time favourite song?

"Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

G.R.I.T - (G)row yourself - R- be (R)eal - I- Be (I)nspired to inspire -T have (T)enacity.