Month: January 2011

Thoughts on Teaching III

[anti-rclick]中文版: 教學感想 III

Having taught for these years, I have found one thing that is always true:

Pure beginners with me always learn best and progress fastest.

Transferred students have all those unseen learning past and unknown factors that can never be understood fully. Those “unseens” and “unknowns” include the teaching methods, teaching attitude and philosophy of their previous teachers, the teaching materials used and learnt, as well as the learning experience of the students.

Thus I find teaching absolute beginners, young and mature, to be an experience most satisfying and smooth. They are those I refer to as “pure” and “uncontaminated”. I know exactly what they have learnt, what method books they have used, what materials they have gone through, what exams, competitions and performances they have participated in, what kind of songs suits each of them best, what kind of characters each of them bears, etc etc.

To teach the transferred students is most headache-provoking. Especially in the initial stage of their learning with me, I need time to understand them, their characters, their learning styles and modes, their attitudes towards playing the piano, the materials they have learnt so far. A lot of times I find it most surprising (even to annoying) that there are so many things they should have learnt (particularly for those who have piano lessons for quite a few years) but do not know! I start to wonder what has happened to them during all those years of piano learning: have they every learnt anything at all?

Although it has been quite a challenge to teach those transferred students and I have put up with quite some good fights (not the violent kind!), it can also a satisfying experience after I have invested more time and effort to get to know and teach them. Parents of transferred students should understand that it does take some time for their children to get comfortable with the new teacher, her teaching style, method and environment. The first couple months (to sometimes a few months) is always the hardest to get through. But eventually one can see results, little by little. If there is no result, the students might need another teacher, or they are just not suitable for playing the piano. One can always enjoy music in many different ways, I always say. Playing the piano is only one of them. Of course it is for me one of the most gratifying ways!

Teresa Wong

2011: 新的一年,新的計劃

[anti-rclick]For English: “2011: New Year, New Plan”

2011年 1月 1日







Teresa Wong 黃穎妍

P.S. 還有,讓我完成我的第一本鋼琴教學書籍和音樂軟件吧! (fingers crossed!)

教學感想 III

[anti-rclick] For English: Thoughts on Teaching III


純初學者(absolute beginners)跟我學習的進步最快、進度最好。


因此,我覺得教完全初學者,無論是任何年齡,都是一個最滿意和順利的教學經驗。我形容他們為「純潔」(pure) 和「未被污染」(uncontaminated)。我確切地知道他們學過的東西,他們用過的書本和材料,他們參加過的考試,比賽和表演,什麼樣的歌曲適合他們,他們每人的個性,等等。



Teresa Wong 黃穎妍

2011: New Year, New Plan

[anti-rclick]中文版: 「2011: 新的一年,新的計劃」

1 Jan, 2011

2010 has been one great fruitful and meaningful year for me.

At the beginning of 2010, I gave up many things to focus on piano teaching solely, in particular my goal to pursue a doctorate, as well as my postgraduate study and work at the university. It was a seemingly doubtful decision from time to time. “Is it worth it? I could do everything at the same time, why do I have to give up on them now but teaching only?”

At first, I could not be sure if that was a right call to make. Gradually, I took in more students; I met many difficult “cases” and people; I worked on this website, I wrote and wrote, I made many videos and recordings; I got better students, and I met more strange parents/students, etc etc.

The path was not smooth, but I made it through. It was hard work yet a much satisfying process.

Now 2010 is over. 2011 begins.

There will be new planning, new methods; new articles, new videos; and also new students.

Let’s start another great promising teaching year, even better than the last!!

Wish you all a wonderful year ahead,

Teresa Wong