I hope I have always been true to my students and my readers here.
Frankly I think I have.
But there were certainly times i doubted if it was the way I was supposed to be, if I were being truly authentic, perhaps to myself more than to anyone else.
I didn’t want to be too straightforward or outspoken at times because people might not like what i write and i would be ridiculed and criticised for that. Or i simply didn’t write it.
I didn’t want to write in a too serious or philosophical or academic or deep, meaningful or spiritual way that people might not understand what I was trying to say and think I am being pretentious or cheesy.
Well, sometimes I can’t help myself but just write it still. But I do know I had reservations.
I think it’s time to just write what I want to write and say what I have to say, and there’s no better time than now.
It’s like playing the piano or getting your practice done: there’s simply no better time than now.
Or anything else you want to do in life really.
There’s no time to waste or miss out on things you really want to do. Or even to have fun!
I love teaching, but I don’t love teaching people who don’t want to learn and practice (and keep saying it’s hard and there’s no time), who don’t want to do the heavy lifting but want the result straight away.
I love playing, but I don’t love playing music I don’t want to play, no matter how popular a song is to everyone in the world.
I love writing, and frankly I don’t really care if there’s a lot of people reading this (it turns out to be quite a lot of you do so THANK YOU!). But I certainly hope those who do would find this blog helpful in the past few years: I have certainly spent loads of time and effort maintaining this and hope it would reach out to more people because I genuinely think I have great resources here.
I love to mentor others, but I don’t love mentoring those who are lazy and don’t put their heart and soul in their teaching and their career, those who just want to do the minimum in the most ridiculously imprecise and inaccurate way and ask me for the reward thinking that’s the way to do things. I say no to that and them.
I love precision, dedication, and passion. And there’s no other way to live and do things.
I love integrity. That’s the only way to be.
So there you go.
I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Today is a brand new day for a brand new week! Enjoy!
[:en]If you are working on your scales and forget about how the fingering works, here are some references on my YouTube Channel (Teresa Wong School of Music)![:zh]如果唔記得Scales點彈, 睇下下面的videos (YouTube Channel: Teresa Wong School of Music)![:]
[:en]September kicks off the season of piano exams.
I like to give students (especially those I feel under-prepared) a mock exam a few weeks prior to the real one. Conducting a mock exam is a good way for teachers to assess students’ potential results and for students to understand how well- prepared (or not!) for their upcoming exams.
In the mock exam, I act as the examiner, and I go through the whole exam routine as in a real one. I give scores for each area (scales, each exam piece, sight-reading and aural test) and the score in total. I put them side by side to the pass score and the full score, to show how well (or not) the students did in each area. I also write down very precise remarks on each area for what went wrong and what needs to be improved. I share this report to both the student and his/her parent. This way, they both understand what needs to be improved in the last few weeks to get a more desirable result.
I believe sometimes it is not the student or the parent who does not want to work harder to achieve better results. Rather, they do not know how to ask what to do and how to improve (except “practice more and harder”). Giving some precise pointers provides clear directions for them to get to the level they need/want to be at. As I always remind my teachers in training, it takes three to tango, or this case, to “piano”.[:zh]鋼琴考試的季節月九月正式開幕。