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[:zh]學彈琴是否一定要考試?[:]

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很多人學鋼琴都有這個問題:究竟學彈琴是否一定要考鋼琴級別試呢?

其實,我覺得,你要首先分清楚兩件事。

第一,彈奏鋼琴對於你來說,究竟是為了興趣還是責任呢?

第二,如果沒有考試,你會否繼續學習和練習鋼琴呢?

很多人學彈鋼琴是為了滿足別人,就說是成人也有這樣的問題。

這是什麼意思呢?什麼是滿足別人呢?

有很多人覺得,小時候學習彈鋼琴,然後因為沒有繼續學習,大個了覺得很可惜。於是重拾鋼琴課,主要是因為覺得「唔好嘥」。然後因為是成人,覺得如果沒有八級或文憑好像也「水皮」。於是迫自己不停的去練習考試歌,甚至要在很短的時間來完成考試,才保住面子。這樣做真是虐待自己,重複小時候被迫練琴的陰影。

那麼,你可能會問我,「你是不贊成考試吧?」

這也不是。其實我覺得考試有一定的好處。尤其是高級的演奏文憑考試,甚至是老師文憑考試,對學生老師的音樂教育和演奏修養有一定的水準提高。只不過,因為很多人見到考試二字,就只想盡方法去合格或拿到高分,忘記了學習真正的音樂知識,白白浪費了時間和機會,最後只是拿了分數,而沒有真正的得著。

所以,我請大家問自己第二個問題:究竟如果沒有考試的話,你會否繼續學琴彈琴和練琴呢?如果你的答案是「是」的話,恭喜你,因為你就算沒有別人的逼迫,沒有死線在前面,你也會繼續上課,練習鋼琴,聆聽音樂,盡量吸取音樂和演奏知識的話,那麼你一定可以在鋼琴領域上邁進一大步,被那些只觀念考試的人在考試中更能考取更佳的成績。

那你可能會說,既然我不用考試的話,那就不用上課吧,只在家中自己學習、練習就成了一對嗎?

那我問你一個問題:如果我去學習瑜伽,而我不是去成為瑜伽老師或者參加瑜伽比賽的話,那我是不是不用去上瑜伽班呢?

我是可以在家自己練習的,自己看書就可以啦,對吧?但是如果我想有進步、需要別人指點的話,我可能需要一個有專業瑜伽知識的老師,去幫助改善姿勢、學習更多瑜伽方面的知識,那我應該是想去上課吧?

那麼究竟興趣是否需要學習進修以改善技巧和吸取更多知識呢?興趣是否需要以其他方法去量度呢(例如考試表演等等)?當然如果你是想去專業方面去做,即是如果我想成為一個專業的瑜伽老師的話,那麼我就要去想專業老師訓練吧,又或者我是想成為一個星級瑜伽明星,那麼我就要特別去進修瑜伽技巧,已成為一個出色的瑜伽明日之星。

所以彈琴也是一樣,處決於你想怎樣去對待這件事。個人認為,就算是興趣也好,我自己也想有一個紮實的根基,有良好的基礎去彈奏,明白基本的音樂知識,有好的視譜技巧、聆聽技巧等等。至於考不考試的話,就是個人的決定了。所以重點來說,我覺得你真的是喜歡去學習鋼琴、欣賞音樂,培養這方面的修養和技巧和知識,這樣做的話,學音樂起上來就會得心應手了。無論是成人和小朋友也是一樣,如果家長真的希望小朋友在這方面有一定的水準的話,請在一開始就給小孩子有一定的時間和心機去做好這件事。這樣做的話,小孩子的音樂修養和考試成績也一定有相當的水準。

黃頴妍 

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[:en]Three Crucial Steps to Prepare for a Successful Viva Voce Exam[:]

[:en]Prior to the “big day” aka diploma exam day, I ask my students to do three steps in terms of viva voce preparation for me (assuming they have already done all other steps I have given them in the course of diploma exam preparation). And I would like to share with you these three important steps that would give any candidates feel much more prepared and confident to perform well in the coming exam.

The three steps to prepare for a successful viva voce session are:

  1. Think
  2. Write
  3. Speak 

 

  1. Think

THINK about what and how you are going to answer the questions the examiners pose during the exam. I always give my students a bunch of potential questions the examiners will ask. It is very important to prepare ahead. Don’t just think, “oh, I will know how to answer them during the exam.” No way! Even you have the information at hand/in your head, it is crucial that you think about how to put the information together in a clear, simple presentable speech. And that leads to the second step..

2. Write

WRITE. THEM. DOWN. Seriously. This is the next step you must do especially when you worry a lot about how to say what you need to say in the real exam. I hear a lot of this or a variation of this, “oh, I will know how to answer them because I have the information in my head.” Really? I don’t think so. If you cannot write them down, you cannot answer them. It doesn’t have to be written in full paragraph/sentences (although it certainly helps), but at least in point form, using clear, simple sentence structure. And for those who are not native speakers: this is NOT an oral English exam, so don’t worry too much about the grammatical mistakes or trying to sound like a native speaker or Shakespeare! – actually they might not even understand you if you speak like the latter anyway. The easiest way is to speak clearly and slowly in simple sentence (just use present tense in all circumstances to make it easier for yourself when in doubt), so that you can present your ideas through effectively and get points for that! I do advise those who worry about their oral English ability to write out everything in full sentences first, not to memorize them, but to…

3. Speak

SAY IT OUT LOUD! It is very important for anyone to not only practice their speaking, but also practice talking about music. I have met so many musicians/candidates who might know a lot about music yet fail to deliver their ideas through speech. It is great you can perform well for the recital part, but you do also need to speak well in your viva voce too! Therefore, I always advise my students to TALK TO ME in our lessons, especially in the last few sessions prior to the exam. I ask them questions, and they give me answers in terms of the general repertoire, background of pieces, form and analysis, composer information, etc etc. I also check their programme notes and pose some questions based on what they wrote (and help with some editing- they do have to write their own notes first!). I encourage students to practice talking out loud at home for the viva voce practice and come back with the answers so I can help correct the content as well as sentence structure. That way students feel much more prepared and confident going to the real exam session.

 

I welcome any questions on the viva voce/programme notes/piano diploma exams in general.

A guided video to how to revise for your viva voce exam part:

Teresa Wong[:]

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