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Piano Teacher Training Course (Level I) : Online Real time course (via Skype)

(中文) Piano Teacher Training Course (Level I) : Online Real time course (via Skype)
鋼琴教師培訓班(第一級): 在線實時課程(通過Skype)

Course Information:
Whole course: 10 sessions
全個課程:10堂

Projects : 2 small, 1 final
功課:2個 assignments,1個final project

Sign up in April and Start in May!
四月註冊,五月開始!
General course content: this is a course specifically designed for piano teachers, therefore besides learning how to run your own studio, you would also learn about the basics of piano teaching, from choosing piano beginner books to writing lesson plans, from understanding basic piano technique to doing music analysis etc.
一般課程內容:這是專門為鋼琴教師設計的課程,因此除了學習如何經營自己的工作室之外,您還將了解鋼琴教學的基本知識,從選擇鋼琴初學者書籍到寫作課程計劃,從了解基本鋼琴技術做音樂分析等。

(中文) 网上钢琴课程

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台北篇(一):鋼琴教育和精神生活

最近我去了台北幾天。這次旅程我沒有特別編排,只知道我會去這間遠近馳名的音樂書房。從學生口中聽聞這間書房有很大量的樂譜和書籍。

到了台北的這一天,我就去拜訪這個書房。已經辛苦的找到了,只見書房位於一棟可古舊的建築物內。步入書房中,我有點驚訝裏面的空間跟我想像中少很多。但細心看看,我發現有很多很多有用的書籍。我找到了幾本在台灣以外可能不會見到的中文書籍。雖然大家知道我是很少看中文書和寫中文文章(寫這篇文章struggle了很久呢,「好不好?」—請想像我以「滿爛」的台灣國語來的),但見到幾本非常有意思的書籍,我也忍不住買了下來。

在我買的三本中文書當中,兩本是由留美的台灣鋼琴教師寫的。另外一本是日本老師寫的中譯版(我很不喜歡看譯本,但是日文我實在不懂)。從這兩位鋼琴教師的文章中,感覺他們很用心去教育下一代,也很熱切和慷慨的與讀者分享自己的經驗,掙扎和成果。

其實去這書房最深刻的,不是找到書籍可以使用,而是感覺到台灣人對古典音樂和其教育的尊重及用心。這是在香港很少感受到的。但看到台灣和日本鋼琴教師如此用心,我也覺得自己要繼續努力啊!(所以決定寫多一點中文文章,因為畢竟我也是香港人呢!)

大家一起加油吧!

黃頴姸

附註:最近我在重整我們的鋼琴導師訓練課程的大綱,準備在九月上課。湊巧在書房找到日本老師寫的鋼琴教室經營大全,令我更加想再教授這課程。在第二期訓練課程中,我會更詳細的講解怎樣去經營自己的教室,可以幫到大家!

更多資料 –

鋼琴導師訓練課程:

http://www.teresawong.hk/?p=17721

http://www.twsom.com/#!piano-teacher-training-course/czrg

台北音樂家書房:

http://www.musiker.com.tw/index.asp

鋼琴教室經營大全
鋼琴教室經營大全

 

 

Creativity

Let your imagination run FREE!
Let your imagination run FREE!

 

When some people think about taking lessons at the piano, they think “boring”, “classical”, “time and money wasting”, “useless”, “it’s not a school subject anyway, totally unrelated to any academic work”, “what does that have to with the real world anyway, it doesn’t help me with making more money (and friends) and getting promoted”, “I just don’t know what it is anymore for after finishing all the grades already”.

What a downer you said. Hey, I am just being realistic here, in fact, I remain completely neutral when I hear any of these comments and alike. I understand perfectly why they think like that. Because they have never experienced JOY in that part of their musical lives (and also that they never have a teacher like me hahaha…)

For me, of course, playing the piano has brought me so much into my life, which would be otherwise so dull and boring. Playing on my own is one thing, performing and sharing music with others is yet another. Writing about it and listening to it are both enjoyable and satisfying in so many beautiful ways. And now teaching it and teaching how to teach it adds an even newer and fuller dimension to this – how should I call it – “adventure“? :)

But I can tell you, the best thing is the connection it has brought to me with other people, locally and abroad. It has brought me to get to know so many beautiful people who love music and piano. For that I feel truly blessed.

Sometimes my students say to me, “why do you share so much online for free?” (sorry students I know you feel unfair, and I shall cut that down a bit). Well, my initial thoughts were to spread the knowledge I had to those who might not have access to it otherwise, so why wasted all the beautiful knowledge that I have gained myself all these years? I believe in paying it forward, and in giving I shall receive (not that I have ever so focused on the latter part). And I have been receiving in so many ways.

So what about my title “creativity“? Ok I was getting side tracked as always. To go back to the starting point, playing the piano might seem boring to some at first. All the learning to read notes, counting rhythm, playing scales and technical exercises (!), learning simple songs (“Really? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Old MacDonald Had a Farm??”) and keeping your fingers curled do not seem fun and joyful at all. In fact, they seem to be torture to some. But once we get past the basics, it is really fun – actually I am wrong, the kids and adult beginners at our school are having fun right at the beginning even playing the easiest songs ever. It is not about it being easy and almost awfully silly at the age of 45 (or 4.5 for that matter in the eyes of a 45 – or perhaps it may well be, why can’t we be all silly at times? But that’s another topic for another day/another post isn’t it), it is rather that making music is fun, and making music with your own hands at the piano is tremendously joyful. And you might say, “hey I am just playing it according to ‘the book’ ” (the book that I wrote obviously). Yes, but YOU are playing the music, so you get to play in the way you want it to sound like (within the reasonable boundaries accordingly). So in a way you are creating the music, because there would be no sound if you don’t play it out loud ( mind you that the music sheet cannot make sound on its own). And even in our first semester of the piano beginner course, we already let students make their own choice and add their own ideas into the music and their playing. And in the second semester, students have to participate in writing parts of a couple songs. We also encourage students to start writing their own melodies at the very beginning. Needless to say, in this modern world, one can find lots of creativity in new technology and ideas as well as products. Making music especially at an early age brings out one’s creativity in so many fun and innovative ways. And for the young at heart, playing the piano can bring you so much joy and new perspectives and ideas as well. It is really for everyone!

Gaining knowledge in music is a life time of enjoyment. For those who understand this they would be reading this with a smile. For those who don’t just yet do not despair. Come learn with us ! (Or go learn somewhere is equally fine) The fundamental point is: get it a good try, really get into it, dig deeper in it, otherwise you won’t get as much joy as you would. And believe me, you totally deserve it. It would be such a beautiful thing you can do for yourself.

Now go get creative in your playing and your daily life!

Teresa Wong