Tag: PerformancePractice

[:en]About Online Consultation (Piano Diploma Exams)[:zh]關於網上資詢課程的內容(鋼琴文憑考試)[:]

[:en]https://youtu.be/TUcoUTTxPh0[:zh]究竟網上資詢課程可以做什麼呢?現在我給大家解答一下。你可以查詢關於文憑考試或者級別考試的問題,可以即時上課或是通過電郵視像去上課,內容可以是關於演奏的曲目,也可以是筆試和口試的問題。我也可以幫你預備其他樂器的文憑考試的筆試和口試。

網上鋼琴資詢課程

 

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[:en]Please don’t “play” the piano[:]

[:en]I am going to be as candid as I can ever be in this post, and from now onwards.

It’s not that I wasn’t being truthful or honest before. I was trying to be “kind” and “nice”.

There’s nothing wrong with being kind and nice, but when I was being “too kind” and “too nice”, I found out students became lazy and started to rely on me, meaning they always looked at me for directions, instead of thinking for themselves how to do it.

Playing the piano and perfecting the skills required needs a lot of brainwork, and to that I mean A LOT.

It’s not for those who don’t like thinking and analysing to the deepest.

It is also not for someone who don’t want to move their bodies.

What does that mean? There has ben a stereotype that playing the piano is to “tame” the kids’ temper, like it’s some sort of circus moves. Actually, it sounds more like the teacher is the animal trainer and the students being… you know.
Only I hope your teacher doesn’t have a wipe to hold on to..

First, let me tell you what playing the piano is not:
It’s NOT just for GIRLS
It’s NOT to train boys to sit still
It’s NOT for ANYONE to sit still and NOT move their bodies
It’s NOT just a finger movement

Now, let me tell you what playing the piano is about:
IT IS an activity that requires MIND, BODY, EMOTION , and SPIRIT. (Yes, it is that kind of activity.)
It is an ACTIVE activity, like a SPORT.
It requires BRAIN WORK. – LOTS OF IT.
It requires BODY COORDINATION – hands, feet, eye, torso (upper and lower, even when you are sitting) and oh yeah, brain again, you guess it.
It requires FEELING – yes it does, because it’s ART, an EXPRESSION of EMOTION – otherwise go do maths or play video games. I can’t imagine anyone filling in forms and studying tests with PASSION, that would be weird.
It requires not only feeling for music, but also feeling for your own body, that’s the ultimate way to transform your technique forever. So it requires the player to be in touch with themselves.
It takes FOCUS, DEDICATION, DISCIPLINE, HARD WORK, RESILIENCE, STRUCTURE, SKILLS, TIME, and PATIENCE. – I think there’s more I am missing…oh maybe, PASSION?
It requires FAST RESPONSE. REALLY FAST – so if you like slow motion, go do tai chi in the park with old ladies and men, no offence.
It requires A LOT OF THINKING -it needs a lot of rationalization and analysis, and is therefore NOT for anyone who prefers spoon fed everything or everything shuffled down their throats – or did I mention this point already?
It is NOT cost effective.
It requires PRACTICE, ON YOUR OWN.
It requires REFLECTION, ON YOUR OWN.
IT REQUIRES THINKING, ON YOUR OWN – oh I think I am getting dementia or something, here I am repeating myself again.

So I hope I have told you what it takes to be really great at the piano. Of course, if you just want to be mediocre, keep telling yourself “it’s too hard”, “I don’t have time (for lessons and/practice)”, and “the teacher should tell me everything I need to know!”

Anything great in life requires hard work, resilience, time and patience, and A LOT OF THINKING.

Next post, I might start bashing on “teachers” who think they are teaching, but they are really not![:]

[:en]New Year, New Hope[:zh]新的一年,新的開始[:]

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Dear Everyone,

I trust you all had a great holiday and a fresh start to this beautiful new year of 2017.

As this new year begins, so do us – me and my teachers at TWSOM – get back to work.

This year we will kickstart with our annual student concert (January), followed by our re-run of our regular intensive courses, some new fun programs, as well as exciting one-off workshops!

So here, I would like to announce that we will re-run our Piano Teacher Training Course (Level I) in February, and the deadline of the early bird special discount is January 15, 2017.

Our upcoming workshops will include topics such as songwriting and piano technique. They will give you some more insights into how the real courses work.

At TWSOM, we always want to provide music lovers – new or seasoned – with fun, creative, and systematic music programs, so that students not only have fun but also truly learn to master the instrument and gain real and lasting musical knowledge they can enjoy forever.

I wish you all a great start to the new year, and hope to connect more music lovers, students and parents, teachers and fellow musicians locally and all over the world!

With gratitude,

TW

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親愛的大家,

相信你們都過了一個很愉快的假期。希望大家新的一年都有一個新的開始。

今年,一如以往,我們先以一年一度的學生音樂會作新一年的開始。另外,我們有很有趣的新課程。另外我們會舉辦一些工作坊,希望讓大家更了解我們的音樂課程。

我們亦會再次舉辦鋼琴導師訓練課程(Level I)。此課程會在二月開始,而早鳥優惠截止日期是1月15號。

我希望今年繼續與更多的音樂愛好者聯繫。,不論您是在本港還是在外地,是學生、家長、老師、業餘音樂人,還是專業音樂人,我也歡迎你加入我們的音樂大家庭。

謹祝大家新的一年有無限的可能,無限的歡樂,和無限的美妙音樂時光。

黃穎妍

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[:en]How to choose a piano diploma exam program (I) [:zh]如何選擇鋼琴文憑考試曲目 (一)[:]

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[:zh]什麼是「好聽」? (一)[:]

[:zh]什麼是「好聽」?

一.音色
當我們欣賞音樂時,究竟我們是在聽什麼?為什麼我們覺得,有一些很出名的演奏家,他們的彈奏是那麼動聽和吸引呢?

對我來說,音色(tone color) 是一個很吸引的重要元素。好的音色是明亮(bright)、清澈(clear)、實在(solid),有時可能是溫柔溫婉,但仍然是清脆,絕對不是散(mushy) 或浮面(shallow) 的聲音。

我想補充一句,音色 (tone) 和聲音(sound) 是兩個截然不同的元素。音色是音樂的顏色,聲音是音樂的量度(volume)。所以聲音就是大細聲(forte:loud, piano:soft etc)。

Teresa Wong 黃穎妍[:]