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!

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