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

2010年過去,2011年來臨。

2010年對我來說特別有意思。

2010年前,我做的工作範疇較廣。除了教授鋼琴,亦在不同大學和音樂機構兼教,也較多作演出伴奏。

2010年初,我毅然放棄了追求博士學位、在研究院的學業和教職,專心一意地教授鋼琴。另外,亦推卻了很多演奏的工作,收入更加減少。起初,我百般掙扎,懷疑自己的決定是否正確。慢慢收了多些學生,但是其中也遇到不少奇難雜症,令人頭痛不已。話雖如此,我卻逐漸發現,只有一心一意去鑽研教學,花時間耐心了不同的教學方法和學生不同的學習模式,縱然會遇到挫折,得到的總比付出的更多、更珍貴。
當然,後來去蕪求菁,在舊有學生上加收了一班好的新學生。

2010年實在是豐收的一年。

2011年,讓我更加努力教導學生,寫作更多文章和音樂,製作更多短片,與大家分享吧!


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

教學的這麼多年,我發現了一個永遠是正確的道理:

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

我永遠無法充分了解轉學學生從前學習中看不見的過去和未知的因素。這些「看不見的過去」和「未知的因素」包括他們以往老師的教學方法和教學態度,他們學習和使用過的教材,以及對學生過往的學習經驗。

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。

教導轉學學生是最頭痛卻最發人深省的。特別是在他們與我學習的最初階段中,我需要時間去了解他們,包括他們的性格,他們的學習風格和模式,他們彈鋼琴的態度,他們至今所學的材料等。許多時候,我覺得很奇怪(甚至討厭)為什麼有這麼多他們應該學會的事情(特別是那些已經上了好幾年鋼琴課的學生),但他們卻不懂得!我開始不知道他們在這些年的鋼琴學習中發生了什麼事:他們到底學了些什麼呢?

雖然教導那些轉學學生是一個異常大的挑戰,但經過我投入相當的時間和精力去了解和教導他們後,這也可以一個令人滿意的經驗。轉學學生的家長應該明白,他們的孩子的確需要一些時間去適應新老師,她的教學風格,方法和上課環境。頭兩個月(有時數月)始終是最困難的。但最終我們還是可以看到一點一點累積下來的成果。如果最終沒有成果的話,學生們可能需要另一位老師,或者他們只是不適合彈鋼琴。我總是說,人們總是可以用許多不同的方式去享受音樂,而彈鋼琴只是其中之一。當然,這對我來說是一個最令人滿意的方式吧!

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