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[:en]Adult Piano Beginner Learners[:]

[:en]Adult Piano Beginner Learners

This year we have quite a number of adult students who have come in to learn to play the piano for the first time. I am very glad to see this phenomenon.

I still remember we had this amazing student who came in last year, and the first line of his email wrote, “I am a 51-year-old man who has never learnt to play the piano…”. My eyes beamed with joy when I read that line. I couldn’t be happier! Someone at this mature age wanted to play the piano! Why would that be a problem?

Any age is a good age to learn something new. Any age is a good age to challenge oneself and do something fresh for the first time. Any age is a good age to be nice to oneself and give oneself a Gift.

I believe Music is such a Joy for anyone of any age, and playing the piano is a great gift to receive that joy.

I understand the “awkwardness” for adults to pick up an instrument (or simply learn some new skills) for the first time:

“Can I actually do it?”

“What if I can’t? Would I look stupid or embarrass myself?”

“Am I too old to do it?”

“It’s okay, I don’t really have to do this. Why bother, why waste time and money to do it?”

The list of doubt goes on and on.

I get it. I have that moment too.

Like I couldn’t swim or bike for most of my life – I learnt to do that just a few years ago. I am not good at it, but I can move! And I enjoy them.

Or I remember the first time I saw people run on campus when I was studying for my graduate degree in America. I thought to myself, “Oh! People RUN here.” I never exercised when I was in Hong Kong, almost never. No one told me I had to exercise! I only knew I had to study and practice a lot of piano. So I started running on campus too, and went to the gym and took cycling classes and did circuit weight training. I didn’t know how to do it but I just followed the instructions and that’s it! It was a lot of fun and so I never stopped exercising ever since.

Or I love traveling on my own, a lot. People say, “Oh but it’s dangerous (for a woman) to travel solo” or, “Oh but it’s so boring to travel alone”. I never feel any danger at all. A woman can protect herself just like a man does. And when you travel alone, you can talk with the locals and meet new friends. It’s a lot of fun and a different kind of traveling experience. When you travel alone, you would notice a lot of things you might not otherwise.

Or I never wrote a book. And now I did. I am happy that I finally published it, now I can make it better for the second edition, and work on the Chinese version. And also the course books. I never thought I wanted to or could write an instruction manual (it sounds so boring!). But I did, and I am glad I endured the boredom at the beginning of drafting it.

What I am trying to say is there are a lot of things we thought we didn’t want to do and tried to make a lot of excuses not to of them, and the main reason is most likely this:

We are scared.

We are scared to fail.

We are scared to make mistakes.

We are scared to be ridiculed.

But, what if we make it?

What if we succeed?

What if we are actually good at it?

Or what if, what if we actually enjoy doing it, regardless of how good or bad we are at it?

Isn’t that the most important point of we doing something, that WE ENJOY DOING THE THING WE DO?

Yes, that’s the whole point of we learning to play the piano.

Because PLAYING THE PIANO IS FUN.

So, Adult Piano Beginner Learners, keep coming! We are ready!

Peace,
Teresa Wong[:]

[:zh]音樂和旅遊遊記 (一)[:]

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最近我在美國把電子琴 (sadly not piano, might try that next time) 搬到不同地方彈奏及錄影,另外亦到不同地方彈別人的鋼琴,包括陌生人的家當然也不少得 my favorite: 去錄音室錄音。我把這些錄影片段逐一剪接 (it really takes a lot of time editing!), 而這是其中一個。

為了要去這地方錄影,我們花了差不多三小時駕車到達。另外,承朋友的幫助,我們從她的家人家中借了這部電子琴 (trust me, it’s pretty heavy),並帶着它到這了無人煙的草原去彈奏。

我們先早一天到達,晚上在此過夜。

首先,我們在黑暗的草原上生火。It’s real campfire! 我們用真的木頭 (不是炭!),感覺很特別,很 natural (「這才是真的campfire!」)。

一望無際的天空中,我看到無數的繁星。那晚,我還是唯一一個看到 流星的人啦!

另外,我第一次在車上睡覺 (it’s a camper, 是流動的露營車),感覺很是新奇。我睡得超好的!

第二天早上,吃了簡單的早餐 (我們其實有小廚房煮野食) ,我們set up工具準備䦕工。

我花了整個早上錄影。其實說真的,是頗熱和頗曬的。但不知怎的,我一點也不覺得辛苦。相反,在露天拍攝,看着藍天白雲和一大片潦濶的草地,享受着溫暖的陽光,彈奏四個小時的鋼琴,對我來說,是十分超級高興enjoyable的一件賞心樂事。

其實,即使過了四個小時,朋友叫我「要走了」時,我實在是不捨得離去的。我是可以繼續待在那裏再彈四個小時的琴也不嫌辛苦。只不過我也不忍心要我的朋友承受更多的的暴曬,所以我唯有接受現實,packed up 走人了。

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[:en]About Our Piano Beginner Course[:]

[:en]Our “Music on Wings: Piano Beginner Course” is an all-in- one piano program that provides a comprehensive training in all aspects of music learning: playing, listening, singing, reading, writing, improvising and composing.[:]

[:en]Why am I so passionate about piano teaching and piano technique [:zh]為什麼我對鋼琴教學和鋼琴技巧有如此熱誠[:]

[:en]Why am I so passionate about piano teaching and piano technique ?

I think it deserves elaboration on the answer to such question.

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[:en]Chantelle: G Major Waltz [:zh]Chantelle: G大調華茲姿[:]

[:en]Chantelle is playing my composition, “G Major Waltz” from our piano beginner program (Semester 2). It sounds wonderful, isn’t it?

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7emMDHZoMMk[:zh]Chantelle 彈奏黃穎妍老師的作品, 「G大調華茲姿」 。此作品現收錄於本校的初級鋼琴課程 (第二學期)。

 

https://youtu.be/7emMDHZoMMk[:]