Interview with Ms. Bicanin

Interview with Ms. Bicanin

Tell us a little about yourself. Your education background, where you are born/raised, what languages you speak and how long you have lived in Sweden. 

I was born in Zagreb-Croatia, but I´ve grown up in Belgrade Serbia. After I finished Music University studies in Belgrade, I worked as a licensed professor of piano and accordion in one of the most prominent High Music Schools in Serbia- “Stanislav Binicki”. I started my professional pedagogical engagement at the referred school 14 years ago and in a great team with my students. I brought my country over 120 first prizes from international competitions. Currently on PhD studies - Film music production. I speak serbian, english and a little bit of swedish. I came in Sweden 2 years ago.

What is your job title in the school? 

I am a music teacher.

How long have you been working as a teacher? 

15 years.

What is your favorite thing about IES Skärholmen?

I have a lot of favourite things, but these are main - work, discipline, wonderful colleagues and students.

What inspires you everyday?

Student thoughts, music and a good book inspires me every day.

How would you define a great lesson?

My definition of the great lesson is teamwork with my students, which progress and excellent results can be seen very quickly.

Is there any advice that you always give to your students?

We all know how to sing and play. We just need to invest 90% of practice and 10% of talent in music development like in everything else.

When and why did you decide you wanted to become a teacher/work in a school in your position?

I decided to become a teacher after my first lesson as a substitute accordion teacher. It was great.

What’s the best thing about teaching for you?

The best thing is potential to change student lives. Great opportunity where we can constantly be creative.

Name one of your favorite quotes or mantras.

"If music be the food of love, play on" - Shekespeare

What are some of your hobbies & interests outside of school?

Reading books, a regular visitor to the museum. I enjoy walking and, of course, piano practicing every day.

What is your secret talent? If you don’t have one, what do you wish it was?

My first job was on National State Television-Radio Television of Serbia. Active TV journalist position covering culture-informative programmes, morning programmes, and “Belgrade Chronicles”. I love journalism-that is my secret talent.

What is your favourite subject?

Serbian and english-literature.

What is your favourite food?

Vegetarian pasta.

What is your favourite movie?

The invisible guest.

What is your favourite book?

I have a lot of favourite books. Its hard to say. Ivo Andric - The bridge on the Drina..