Tag: 鋼琴導師訓練課程

Piano Duet Concert

Our piano duet concert, “80 Minutes Around the World”, will be held on October 16, 2016 (Sunday) at 730pm, at the Recital Hall 8/F of Hong Kong City Hall. This is a very fun and creative piano concert, and we would love to see you there!

(中文) 貪心是可以的!如果你肯付出的話。

Sorry, this entry is only available in 中文.

How to Use the Piano Pedal (I)

Often students ask me how to use pedal(s) in a piece they are working on. To that I am quite surprised at first, but I understand where they are coming from. They were never taught about the real application of pedaling – just as they were never taught anything about piano technique.

Let’s focus on the right pedal, the so-called “loud” pedal. It’s the sustaining pedal which maintains the resonance of fuller sound produced by keeping the whole set of dampers lifted off the strings when being kept down.

First of all, we rarely step to the very bottom of the sustaining pedal. More often than not, we step half way or at most 3/4 way down of the depth of the pedal. What does that mean? 

Watch the video here (it’s in Cantonese for now, will make one in English soonest!)

Imagine you are driving. Once you start the car, you step on the gas pedal, you never really step all the way down because that would be you are going on a fast-and-furious speed you cannot control! It’s just the same as using a pedal at the piano. 

In the same theory, you never release the pedal all the way up too, just as you never fully release the gas pedal in order to keep the car going. At the piano, when you have to change the pedaling, you always release until just a bit of leeway before you feel you fully release the whole pedal all the way up. That means you still feel some pressure holding just a little bit of the pedal down.  You would of course however release the whole pedal all the way up when you have finished the whole pedaling process, or you are playing the next passage or chord that does not require pedaling, or the chords (e.g. Staccato  notes or short block chords) that require very clean separate sound instead of very legato and lyrical one. 

Other than pressing the sustaining pedal most of the way down, you can also press half way down, a third or a fourth of the way down, or something we called flutter pedal, which means you only press very little of the pedal and change it very quickly to keep very very clean yet connected sound with more resonance than otherwise. 

In the next post, I shall talk about when (the timing) to apply the sustaining pedal. 

On becoming a great teacher

On becoming a great teacher

鋼琴導師訓練課程



上學期我們開設了一個嶄新的課程:鋼琴導師訓練課程。這對我校來說是個新嘗試,我感到非常的興奮。今個學期我再開始這個課程,當中亦加插了更多的元素,修改了某些課程上的資料。

得到了上學期導師學員的反映和意見, 我加插了音樂歷史,音樂理論分析的原素,亦有導師互動教學、課堂觀察及反映等等。希望導師在學習理論之餘,亦有機會作實習,互相學習。

其實我一向都很欣賞鋼琴導師來向我學習。因為其實本身已經是其他人的老師,但也肯繼續進修,來跟我學習,很難能可貴的。我自己自從上個月到日本跟其他老師學習,感到非常的開心。那是一個很特別的機會,學習了很多方面的東西,實在是影響了我對音樂、教學甚至生命上的看法和感受。所以,我真的很鼓勵老師一起來學習。因為我相信我有很多資料可以提供給大家,令到大家的教學、分析、欣賞、理解音樂與鋼琴技巧表達方面可以有更大的進步,更大的空間發展,亦令到學生有更大的進步。這真是一舉多得的。

由於這個是小班制的課程,因此要滿足每一個人的上課時間是比較困難的。所以,今天我有了新的想法:學員可以選擇上全個課程,亦可以每個星期上課,自由選擇上任何一個星期的課堂。當然我鼓勵所有人都讀整個課程,尤其是想在本校任教的是一定要上完整個課程的。但為了鼓勵新的學員對本校或本人認識尚淺的導師來說,選擇只上一至三個課堂其實也不為過的(當然上完整課程的費用是會比較低的)。重要的是學習到有關的知識。所以如果有興趣上課的鋼琴導師,請直接聯絡我們吧。我們可以將課程的大鋼給你看一看的。

我們是準備二月要開始課程了(報了名的學員請耐心等待!)。

P.S. 下一個課程由六月份開始。報名要從速啦!



For English: Piano Pedagogy Course Level I


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