Month: December 2012

To My Students



Thank you for being my students/my students’ parents this past year. Without you I am not a teacher.

Everyday you inspire and educate me to be a better teacher and a better person. For that I truly appreciate. Being a teacher is at times difficult and exhausting, yet at the same time most rewarding and touching. Let us go hand in hand, to learn (to help the kids) and rejoice in music and piano playing in 2013!

Love,

Teresa

2013 New Year Resolution and Planning



Tomorrow is the beginning of a new year, 2013. It is time for me to look back and review what I have done this year.

This year has been a year of struggle and perseverance. There were times I made bad decisions and fell. There were times I just wanted to pause and even stop. But I made it through, over and over again. Back then I felt like a failure. Now I can say I am proud to survive through them all. I must thank those who stood by me through thick and thin. And I hope some of them can stay with me in the new year.


Let’s see what I have done this past year, 2012:

Student concert (which was a great success and an enjoyable time)

Chamber music concert (big challenge I)

Performance appearance on TV (fun experience)

Performance video commission (something new and a bit of a challenge)

Judge for piano competition, twice (interesting and exciting experience)

Performance at my alma mater (big challenge II)

NPO set-up (challenging yet exciting)

New assistant (who is absolutely wonderful)

New students (who are totally adorable and fantastic)

Students’ achievement of great exam results (whom I admire for their effort and perseverance)

Okay, not so bad as I thought to be.


A new year needs new plans. New things, new system. New people. A new year also needs a new way of thinking and attitude. New kind of playing. New mentality. New technique. Some students and I have looked back at what we have achieved, could have done better this year and what we can improve next year. I feel excited as we speak. It will be a challenging year for me and for us. We have to believe in what we truly want, and make what we want happen.

Just believe. 100% in us, in it.

I have figured out the rough plan for myself for the first half of 2013 so far. And here it is:

January – March: learning new instrument (drums), implementing new teaching plan, working on piano method book again and having it finished most ambitiously first half of the year; setting up new members’ forum/area on website; also studying more on subjects of religion and psychology, continuing my study in language (French), writing more music

March – April: teacher training (yoga)

May – June: student concert planning

July: student concert (tentatively early July)

July – August: music course overseas (composition/film) (don’t worry Students, not the whole two months, more like two weeks I suppose)


On top of that, probably more on a year-plan basis, recording a CD (that means more practice for me), and organizing events for the NPO project.

And of course, continuing to renew my teaching method and guiding students to their fullest potential and appreciation of music/piano playing.

Especially to my Students: My new year resolution is to work on my Positivity and Faith, on myself actually, like I have on you all. Encourage me as I encourage you. We are all in this. And remember our Connection, among us and in us.


What is your new year resolution and planning, especially in terms of your piano playing?


Teresa Wong


See you all in 2013!

Christopher C: Turkish March

December 29, 2012

Christopher C. plays one of the many versions of Beethoven’s “Turkish March” here.

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與你的彈奏建立一個長遠的關係

Build a long-term relationship with your playing


這個星期,我一直專注於鞏固學生們的技巧,更加精確地,就是手架 (hand grip),彈擊(attack)和重心轉移(weight transfer)。這讓我思考到,我該怎樣幫助我的學生去明白這是對他們的彈奏最重要的?

答案很簡單:他們要與自己的彈奏建立一個長遠的關係。

建立一個短期的關係,就像是一個鋼琴學生學習一些曲目來應付考試或是比賽,並持續鑽研那些曲目,希望能得到一張印有成績的証書,但卻毫不關心如何改善技巧和表現力。這種彈奏方法是不能持久的。她/他實際上没有訓練彈奏技巧,而只是練習了那些曲目。這樣和一些學生在歷史科考試前死記硬背考試內容相類似,考試完了之後,就忘記了一切了。其實每個人年輕時候都會這樣做過,很多老師在他/她的職業生涯早期階段時都幫助過他/她們的學生做過這樣的事。這其實是沒有什麼可羞愧的,這是生活,只是我們從前並不知道有甚麼比這個方法更好罷了。但是,現在我們應該知道怎麼可以做得更好了吧。

從前,我有被勸阻,在嘗試用一些不忠於自己、不是自己所想的方式來敎導,但由於我很快便想通了,所以這樣没有維持很久。那是我的職業生涯中迷失的時候。我不覺得那種是正確的教學方式,因為我只側重於鋼琴演奏。我没有膽量去當一個曾啟發過我的老師的模樣,我不知道如何成為我想成為的那種老師。我獨自在黑暗的隧道中,試驗和錯誤的過程裡,感覺那不確定性和未知,來塑造自己的教學方式和路向。花了相當的年頭來建立,才走到現在這個階段。於此同時,我亦明白到,我必須繼續改善和前進,希望將這些傳遞給我的學生,像我的老師們從前為我所做的一樣。

我相信有很多的鋼琴教師希望做同樣的事情,像我這樣教育自己的學生,並幫助他們建立穩固的彈奏基礎。但有時候現實阻礙了他們不去這樣做。我只想說,我們都是為了好意而這樣做。所以不要氣餒,以我們想做的方法去做,以知識和專業來教育和回饋社會,家長和學生們。我們才是最明瞭甚麼對學生們有幫助的人,對嗎?

至於我的學生們,我在這裡幫助你們去建立一個與自己彈奏的長遠關係,幫助你們去了解更多音樂,建立一個更加穩固的演奏技巧基礎,讓你們更自在地透過雙手去表達自己,與自己和聽眾有更好的溝通,而最重要的是,能讓你們以所想的方式來欣賞和熱愛音樂。

不論你們只跟我學習了一天又或是一年或兩年也不重要。我希望能為你們留在這裡,只要你們想回來找我,或是當你們需要我的建議時,我也是一直在這裡等你們。這就是我的老師從前為我所做過的,而過了這些年來,我終於看到了這在自己身上所發生的。這都是極大的感受和經驗。所以,Miss Grace,謝謝你在我的身旁。你不僅是我的鋼琴老師,而且是我生活上的老師。對於這點,我向你鞠躬,向你致敬。我渴望為我的學生作同樣的事情。我也想藉此機會感謝這些年來敎導過我的所有老師,真正的老師不只是為工作和金錢,而是為了賦予靈感,教育培養和人性文化。

不管你們彈奏得怎麼樣,或是那是什麼類型的音樂,我希望你們都愛自己所彈奏的,和圍繞著你們每一天的音樂。


黃穎妍