Month: February 2015

[:en]Piano Teaching[:zh]Piano Teaching III[:]

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Yesterday we had started our piano pedagogy course (level I) again. As usual I was very excited to meet another new group of student-teachers who are passionate about learning more in the field of piano/music teaching. I took an hour in the mid-day to go through the syllabus and notes before the evening class came. I have a habit of reading out loud on my own (note: I am not crazy) – it helps me make clear of what ideas I am going to present in a speech/class. As I was reading aloud about the first class’ content, I found this urge of wanting to share with my student-teachers growing inside me and it -felt – really good! The sense of burning passion reminded me how much I have always wanted to share with others the joy of music/piano and that of teaching and inspiring others to feel the same with me. It simply is fantastic.

In my class (as in my lessons as well), I do not just read from notes and students listen: I advocate active participation from students. I am sure you all are well familiar with the teaching at school in the old days when we sat there and teacher kept reading in a boring tone that just did not do anything to encourage learning whatsoever. Discussion is tremendously important when it comes to learning in class: students get to speak up, and before they are able to do that, they must THINK about what to talk about, right?

Another important element of my class is my sharing of experience in terms of teaching and learning with my students. I am very open-minded when it comes to that. Some people might think, “you should keep the secret of success and failure to yourself”, “you can’t just give away your secret, can you?”. When I started writing this site (some call it a blog, I do not know what the difference is), my initial idea was simply to share my knowledge freely to everyone who has the desire to learn music/piano but would not be able to come to me directly for whatever reason ( be it economical or geographical). I thought since I had learnt all the knowledge I had inside me, wouldn’t it be a waste not to share with others, so that I could help them to enjoy music, solve their problems in piano playing, and achieve the goals they had in mind? This initial thought of mine still remains to be the core of my work, and I would not let myself to forget about that. In fact, teaching and training the teachers reminds me well every single day of such mission in my mind.

As I was talking with my student-teacher after class last night, I shared with her the thought of bringing local piano teachers together, forming a community of some sort. I think teaching especially privately can sometimes be a very lonely business, only attending to one student at a time. Apart from personal and professional development, a sense of belonging in a social setting with others in the same field is something I would very much love to achieve in this organization. If any of you are interested, please, do sign up for a membership here on my site – a general membership is FREE and it would keep you updated with the upcoming seminars/workshops/classes we will be holding, as well as other concerts happening in town. There is an event calendar you can go to after you sign up, and we would also update you with a monthly newsletter (not too frequently so you wouldn’t feel hassled).

As always, I appreciate your support and reading here. I hope to finish the editing of the final version of my book soonest and send you a limited free copy to acknowledge your continual support of my work.

Here is the link to sign up for the membership:
http://www.teresawong.hk/?page_id=17748#account/join

Musically,

Teresa

Piano Pedagogy Course Level I
Piano Pedagogy Course Level I

You can join us by every class instead of the whole course. To sign up for the class, join our General Membership (FREE) and go to Event Calendar for time and details of all course.
[:zh]Yesterday we had started our piano pedagogy course (level I) again. As usual I was very excited to meet another new group of student-teachers who are passionate about learning more in the field of piano/music teaching. I took an hour in the mid-day to go through the syllabus and notes before the evening class came. I have a habit of reading out loud on my own (note: I am not crazy) – it helps me make clear of what ideas I am going to present in a speech/class. As I was reading aloud about the first class’ content, I found this urge of wanting to share with my student-teachers growing inside me and it -felt – really good! The sense of burning passion reminded me how much I have always wanted to share with others the joy of music/piano and that of teaching and inspiring others to feel the same with me. It simply is fantastic.

In my class (as in my lessons as well), I do not just read from notes and students listen: I advocate active participation from students. I am sure you all are well familiar with the teaching at school in the old days when we sat there and teacher kept reading in a boring tone that just did not do anything to encourage learning whatsoever. Discussion is tremendously important when it comes to learning in class: students get to speak up, and before they are able to do that, they must THINK about what to talk about, right?

Another important element of my class is my sharing of experience in terms of teaching and learning with my students. I am very open-minded when it comes to that. Some people might think, “you should keep the secret of success and failure to yourself”, “you can’t just give away your secret, can you?”. When I started writing this site (some call it a blog, I do not know what the difference is), my initial idea was simply to share my knowledge to everyone who has the desire to learn music/piano but would not be able to come to me directly for whatever reason (be it economical or geographical). I thought since I had learnt all the knowledge I had inside me, wouldn’t it be a waste not to share with others, so that I could help them to enjoy music, solve their problems in piano playing, and achieve the goals they had in mind? This initial thought of mine still remains to be the core of my work, and I would not let myself to forget about that. In fact, teaching and training the teachers reminds me well every single day of such mission in my mind.

As I was talking with my student-teacher after class last night, I shared with her the thought of bringing local piano teachers together, forming a community of some sort. I think teaching especially privately can sometimes be a very lonely business, only attending to one student at a time. Apart from personal and professional development, a sense of belonging in a social setting with others in the same field is something I would very much love to achieve in this organization. If any of you are interested, please, do sign up for our newsletter here on my site – it is FREE and it would keep you updated with the upcoming seminars/workshops/classes we will be holding, as well as any special offers that we have for each month.

As always, I appreciate your support and reading here. I hope to finish the editing of the final version of my book soonest and send you a limited free copy to acknowledge your continual support of my work.

Sign up for our membership here

Musically,

Teresa[:]

Afterword to ABRSM Seminar

Our seminar on ABRSM diploma exam preparation was held successfully on February 15. We had a great and enthusiastic crowd of audience attended that day. My special heartfelt thanks go to our wonderful (and humorous!) speaker Mr Bill Thomson for such an informative talk, as well as our teacher at TWSOM (and my student) Miss Carol Yip for her assistance in administering the seminar. And here are some selected photos from the seminar:


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We hope to organize more useful and practical workshops in the near future!

Teresa Wong

[:en]FAQ on Piano Diploma Exams (Performance) (Part I)[:zh]鋼琴演奏文憑考試常見問題(第一部分)[:]

[:en]Here are some commonly asked questions and answers I compile for your reference:

Q1. Which are the music boards that provide diploma exams in Hong Kong?
The most two common music exam boards in Hong Kong are: the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and the Trinity College London.

Q2. What kinds of diplomas are available for examination purpose?
There are three kinds of music diplomas:
ABRSM: Music Performance, Music Direction, and Instrumental/Vocal Teaching.
Trinity College: Performance, Teaching, and Theory and Composition.

Q3. How many levels of music diplomas are there for each board?
There are three levels of every kind of music diplomas for each board.
For performance diplomas, there are:
ABRSM: dipABRSM, LRSM, and FRSM.
Trinity: ATCL, LTCL and FTCL.
In a performance diploma, candidates perform with their own choice of instruments in the manner of a recital, in the limited time frame, 3-4 pieces of contrasting styles and periods, selected from the official syllabus provided by the perspective board (each board has a different time limitation and a different set of repertoire list to be chosen pieces from).

Q4. What is the duration of the whole recital program for each performance diploma?
ABRSM –
dipABRSM: 35 minutes (+/- 10%: meaning somewhere between 32 and 38 minutes)
LRSM: 40 minutes (+/- 10%): meaning somewhere between 36 and 44 minutes)
FRSM: 50 minutes (+/- 10%): meaning somewhere between 45 and 55 minutes)

Trinity –
ATCL: 32–38 minutes
LTCL: 37–43 minutes
FTCL: 42–48 minutes

*Timing excludes breaks between items

Q5. What are the various parts of each performance diploma?
ABRSM –
Four Parts:

During exam –
1. Recital
2. Viva Voce
3. Quick Study

Written in advance and submitted on the day of exam –
4. Programme Notes (or Written Submission in the case of FRSM)

ATCL (Recital Diplomas)-
Two parts:

During exam –
1. Recital

Written in advance and submitted on the day of exam –
2. Programme Notes

Q6. What is the time distribution of each section in each performance diploma exam of ABRSM?
dipABRSM: 60 minutes: Recital – 35 minutes (+/- 10%), Viva Voce: up to 12 minutes, Quick Study: up to 10 minutes
LRSM: 75 minutes: Recital – 40 minutes (+/- 10%), Viva Voce: up to 15 minutes, Quick Study: up to 10 minutes.
FRSM: 90 minutes: Recital – 50 minutes (+/- 10%), Viva Voce: up to 20 minutes, Quick Study: up to 10 minutes.

Q7. What is the word count limitation for the programme note of each performance diploma exam?
ABRSM –
dipABRSM (programme notes) : 1,100 words (+_ 10%)
LRSM (programme notes): 1,800 words (+_ 10%)
FRSM (written submission): 4,500 words (+_ 10%)
*Candidates should be prepared to discuss the programme notes/written submission in the Viva Voce session.

Trinity –
ATCL: 400–700 words
LTCL: 800–1,100 words
FTCL: 1,200–1,600 words
*all word counts not including translations of song texts

Teresa Wong[:zh]

下面是我編譯供大家參考一些常見問題及解答: 

Q1。那個是在香港提供音樂文憑考試考試機構?
在香港最常見的兩音樂考試委員會分別是:英國皇家音樂學院(Associated Board of Royal School of Music)和倫敦聖三一學院的聯合委員會 (Trinity College London)。 
Q2。有什麼樣的文憑種類都可以考取?
音樂文憑種類有三種: 皇家 (ABRSM):音樂表演 (Music Performance),音樂指揮 (Music Direction),器樂/聲樂教學 (Instrumental/Vocal Teaching。 聖三一學院 (Trinity):表演 (Performance),教學 (Teaching), 和理論及作曲 (Theory and Composition)。
Q3。究竟音樂文憑有多少個層次 (Level) 
每個考試委員會都有三個層次的文憑。 
皇家 (ABRSM):dipABRSM,LRSM和FRSM。 
聖三一學院 (Trinity):ATCL,LTCL和FTCL。 
音樂表演文憑中,考生憑考試委員會提供的大綱內,選擇3-4個截然不同的風格和時期曲目在有限的時間,以獨奏音樂會的方式進行(每個考試委員會有不同的時間限制和一組不同的曲目列表給考生選擇)。 
Q4。整個演奏文憑彈奏曲目的時間限制是多少皇家 (ABRSM): 
dipABRSM:35分鐘(+/- 10%:這意味著介於32和38分鐘) 
LRSM: 40分鐘(+/- 10%):意為介於36和44分鐘) 
FRSM: 50分鐘(+/- 10%):意為介於45和55分鐘) 
聖三一學院 (Trinity)ATCL:32-38分鐘 
LTCL:37-43分鐘 
FTCL:42-48分鐘 

Q5。整個演奏文憑有幾多個考試部分? 
皇家 (ABRSM): 四個部分: 
考試當日 - 
1.演奏會 (Recital) 
2.口試 (Viva Voce)
3.快速閲譜 (Quick Study)
考試之前寫好並在考試當天提交 -
4.節目簡介 (Programme Notes) (FRSM 要寫較長的論文) 
聖三一學院 (Trinity)兩部分:
考試當日 - 
1.演奏會 
考試之前寫好並在考試當天提交 -
2.節目簡介 (Programme Notes)
 
Q6。演奏文憑每個考試部分的時間分配是怎樣的? 
皇家 (ABRSM):
dipABRSM:60分鐘:獨奏 - 35分鐘(+/- 10%),口試:12分鐘,快速閲譜:10分鐘 
LRSM: 75分鐘:獨奏 - 40分鐘(+/- 10%),口試15分鐘,快速閲譜:10分鐘
FRSM:90分鐘:獨奏 - 80分鐘(+/- 10%),口試:20分鐘,快速閲譜:10分鐘。 
聖三一學院 (Trinity)ATCL : 32-38分鐘 
LTCL : 37-43分鐘 
FTCL : 42-48分鐘
Q7。演奏文憑節目簡介 (Programme Notes) 的字數限制是怎樣的 皇家 (ABRSM):
dipABRSM (節目簡介): 1,100字(+/- 10%) 
LRSM(節目簡介):1800字(+ /- 10%) 
FRSM(論文): 4,500字(+ / - 10%) 
聖三一學院 (Trinity)ATCL:400-700LTCL:800-1,100字 
FTCL:1,200-1,600字 
*所有的字數不包括歌曲文字的翻譯
 黃穎妍

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Welcome to Our New Members’ Area!

Dear All, Readers and Students/Parents,


Welcome to our new Members’ Area! For now, I am setting up two levels, General Member (FREE for readers) and Student Member (exclusively for my students only). So try signing up and see what events we are currently holding, for instance, the ABRSM seminar and Piano Pedagogy Course (Level I). There will be information only for members’ viewing only. For students, we will also have videos and lesson updates, something only for students to view and read only, for students themselves to remember what and how to practice and for parents to keep update with their children’s progress and also help them with their learning/practice too. So please don’t hesitate to sign up everyone!


Musically,
Teresa



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