Month: December 2015

Communication: An Essential for Success at the Piano

[:en]I always welcome feedback from the parents of my students (and now of my teachers’ students as well), whether that be a concern or question about the lesson, progress, practice or exam issues.

Communication between teacher and parent is extremely important when it comes to guiding the student in the long run. Without an open and interactive channel, it would gradually dampen the interest, growth and success in the student’s music learning progress. I believe a lot of the times it is not that the student does not want to work hard and do well, it is mostly because s/he is not sure what to do and sometimes is afraid to ask, and slowly s/he loses interest in playing the piano and taking lessons. Regular and close monitoring over student’s attitude and behavior in lessons and practice helps both the teacher and parent understand how to assist the student more positively and effectively.

So, I sincerely encourage those who are new to teaching spend more time talking with the parents in order to understand where they are coming from, which will eventually lead to more effective and successful teaching with the students. And to those who are parents, do not hesitate to ask the teachers when you have any concern with your children’s lessons/practice/progress, the good teachers are very eager to understand your doubts and frustrations and are willing to help you, because they genuinely want to teach your children and want them to learn well and love music too.

Happy Friday!

Teresa Wong[:zh]

我常常歡迎我學生的家長給予意見(現在是我校老師學生的家長也一樣),詢問有關上課、進度、練習和考試的問題。 教師和家長之間的溝通是非常重要的,當涉及到引導學生從長遠來看。如果沒有一個開放互動的渠道,它會逐漸衰減的利益,增長和成功的學生的音樂學習進度。我相信很多的時候是不是學生不想努力工作,做好的,這主要是因為他/她不知道該怎麼做,有時是不敢問,慢慢地他/她失去興趣在彈鋼琴和課程學習。定期和密切監測了學生的態度和行為中的經驗教訓和實踐可以幫助教師和家長了解如何更積極有效地幫助學生。 所以,我真誠地鼓勵那些誰是新的教學花更多的時間與家長交談,以了解他們來自哪裡,這將最終導致更有效的和成功的教學與學生的到來。而對於那些誰是家長,不要猶豫,問老師,當你與你的孩子的經驗教訓/做法/正在進行的任何關注,好老師都非常渴望了解你的疑惑和挫折,並願意幫助你,因為他們真的要教你的孩子,並希望他們學習好,愛音樂。 週三快樂!

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[:en]Emily’s little Christmas Medley :) [:zh]Emily 自己編的聖誕音樂 :)[:]

[:en]With some students who are more talented and interested in creating their own music, I would help them with better arrangement and structure, while give them liberty to “do their own thing” so to speak. So I just gave Emily a little advice with the opening (introduction) and the interludes (linking the different Christmas songs together), oh and the “grand finale” which I thought it’s pretty cool. The video below is only part of her medley. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/oSrTFeGlH4E[:zh]

有時候我會教學生寫作和編制自己的音樂。這聖誕音樂大部分是Emily自己編制的,我教她的是怎樣將不同的聖誕歌連結在一起,和整個medley的開頭結尾編排。以下的短片只是整首歌曲的一部份。

https://youtu.be/oSrTFeGlH4E[:]

[:en]3 Key Elements to Your Success at the Piano[:]

[:en]Here are the 3 key elements to your success at the piano and 3 key elements to your practice strategy.[:]