Month: January 2012

Joy Chan: “Praise To God”

January 31, 2012


Joy is currently working on composing this song. It’s almost complete with some more lyrics to be filled in in the middle.

This is the score for the song:





This is the audio track for the song (generated from Finale):


[qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/praisetogodjoy.aiff]

Teresa Wong

Oxfam Musical Marathon 2012

January 31, 2012


The annual Oxfam Musical Marathon 2012 organized by Oxfam Hong Kong is now ready for application. Students, please let me know if any of you are interested. For readers, you can check out the general information of the event here.


More information on the entry form here.


Sponsorship form here.



I joined one time many years ago as a teenager and I still recalled such event to be quite memorable.



Teresa Wong

積極態度、勇氣及堅持

January 29, 2012

Original English Version: “Positivity, Courage & Persistence”
(中文譯文: Tsui Tik Wei)


我最近在看的其中一本書名為《挫折的力量》(“The Flipside”) *。書中所有故事的主角都受了嚴重創傷或打擊,但他們都能扭轉劣勢,轉危為機,甚至在人生或事業中找到重大突破。

好了吧,書的語調很積極,對某些人來說甚至是太老套或正面,因為當中很多故事的主角都遇上了嚴重交通意外,要把腳截除,但他們仍能過上豐盛的人生,擁有成功的事業。

當然,不是所有人都有力量堅持下去,並有這些成就。但也有些故事只是簡簡單單地讓你看到挫折的另一面。


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莎士比亞:「並沒好與壞,只看你怎樣想。」


一個讓我印象尤其深刻的簡單故事是玫瑰花商的故事。一個花商本打算栽種新鮮玫瑰來為她國家的花店供貨,因為她看到很少人在做這樣的生意,這是一個很大的商機,但她種出來的第一批玫瑰生了病,所以不能賣。

發生這樣的事時,人們通常會想,「我完了。現在只有死了的玫瑰,我要賣的可是新鮮的玫瑰,我能怎樣做呢?」

這個花商就看到挫折的另一面。她去做了詳細的研究,發現有一個龐大的乾花瓣製造業還沒有甚麼人著手發展,但正在形成(乾花瓣在婚禮和各式活動中需求漸增)。不用說,憑著她渴望開創新事業所付出的不懈努力,這個花商的生意出現了轉機,發展順利,成為國內的成功企業。


「人生中的每個挫折,每個創傷,都有兩面,但要是特別的人才能找到那另一面。」


各位同學,我知道你們就是這些「特別的人」,因為你們都有我的指導。所以,要保持態度正面,鼓起勇氣,堅持下去,尤其是當你感到自己跌到了谷底,因為你已經不會比這刻跌得更低了,你要做的就是趁這個機會反彈起來,跳到更高的地方。


Teresa Wong 黃穎妍


*《挫折的力量》(“The Flipside”),由Adam J. Jackson所著,是我在聖誕旅行期間買的,當時的天氣糟得讓我沮喪。我很快地抓到這書的主旨後,就把自己遇上這種不如意事時的負面情緒控制住,儘量享受我的假期。我最後也成功做到了。我只往另一方向想,就是不要破壞自己的假期。我把室外活動改為室內活動,盡情享受,不再想自己多不走運,來到熱帶度假天堂卻遇上壞天氣。如果我們連幾天的假期都不想浪費,那為甚麼要浪費我們人生中的寶貴日子,只管為自己做了和沒做的事後悔,為一些尚未發生的事情,像琴彈得不好或不對而憂心忡忡呢?


Music Education : Aural Training on Music Periods

January 28, 2012


Here is a good listening site for kids who wants to know more about composers and musical periods-

Classics for Kids:

www.classicsforkids.com


For those who are older and more advanced, here is a great site for those who wants to know a little deeper about musical periods, styles and forms. There are audio clips for further explanation and even listening quizzes to test yourself after reading!

Learn Listening Online:

www.ltscotland.org.uk



Teresa Wong

Aural Training Practice (Grades 6-8): Chords and Cadences

January 27, 2012

These questions are prepared for the upcoming Grade 8 Aural Training iPhone Application Program. Now they are published here for students’ practice at home to improve their musical aural ability. More will be uploaded soon.
這些問題都是為將來的8級聽力訓練iPhone應用程序作準備。現在,我把問題放在這裡給學生練習,以改善他們的音樂聽力能力。

Instruction for Students: Write down your answers on a sheet of paper. You will keep it to yourself and check your answers against the correct one (which will be published later in another post here). You can listen to each question as many times as you need to. And if you don’t see all the sound files, reload the page again. Each question should have three parts (and you only have to listen to two).

Reminder: Perfect Cadence: V-I (dominant – tonic); Imperfect Cadence: I/II/IV/VI- V; Plagal Cadence: IV-I (subdominant – tonic); Interrupted Cadence: V-VI (dominant-submediant)



Part I: Identifying Cadences


Q.1-
a) identify the cadence at the end of the musical phrase



[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ1.aiff]

b) Grade 8 : identify the three chords


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ1chords.mp3]

OR
b) Grades 6 & 7: identify the two chords of the cadence


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ1cadence.mp3]



Q.2-
a) identify the cadence at the end of the musical phrase



[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ2.mp3]

b) Grade 8 : identify the three chords


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ2chords.mp3]

OR
b) Grades 6 & 7: identify the two chords of the cadence


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ2cadence.mp3]



Q.3-
a) identify the cadence at the end of the musical phrase



[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ3.mp3]

b) Grade 8 : identify the three chords


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ3chords.mp3]

OR
b) Grades 6 & 7: identify the two chords of the cadence


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ3cadence.mp3]



Q.4-
a) identify the cadence at the end of the musical phrase



[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ4.mp3]

b) Grade 8 : identify the three chords


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ4chords.mp3]

OR
b) Grades 6 & 7: identify the two chords of the cadence


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ4cadence.mp3]



Q.5-
a) identify the cadence at the end of the musical phrase



[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ5.mp3]

b) Grade 8 : identify the three chords


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ5chords.mp3]

OR
b) Grades 6 & 7: identify the two chords of the cadence


[qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ5cadence.mp3]



Q.6-
a) identify the cadence at the end of the musical phrase



[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ6.mp3]

b) Grade 8 : identify the three chords


[Audio:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ6chords.mp3]

OR
b) Grades 6 & 7: identify the two chords of the cadence


[qt:http://teresawong.dyndns.org:9001/audio/8AQ6cadence.mp3]



Here are the Answers for Aural Training Practice (Grades 6-8)

Note: For better listening experience, please click on the post’s title and have the audio tracks mostly or fully loaded before you start listening to them.
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