Tag: musiceducation

[:en]Merry Christmas, My Readers![:]

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Dear Readers,

As this holiday season is approaching  (I am already celebrating after the first week of December!), I have been looking back and reflecting on what I have done and achieved this past year, which is full of joy, challenge and adventure. 

FullSizeRender (4)It has been a wonderful year for me, in not only the fact that my school has been growing surely and steadily, my teachers and staff have been doing a great job educating and inspiring their students, but also that I have grown so much personally through work and connection with people around me.

Building a school is not exactly what I would call the easiest job in the world. Hardly. There have been struggles, failures, conflicts, false accusations, stress and sadness. Yet there have also been joy, success, realization of new ideas and projects, wonderful sharing and communication.

FullSizeRender (5) The connection among me, my teachers and staff, the connection among me and my students, the connection among me and you my readers, is priceless. Working through all this helps me to build stronger relationships with people around me, in work, family and friends. Working through all this helps me to build a stronger relationship with and understanding of myself.

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This year, whenever I discuss my work with friends and staff, it always comes back to one term: CORE VALUE. Why am I doing this? How did I start it all? It goes back to the origin, my love for piano /music, my passion in sharing this magnificent gift in life with others, my belief and purpose in helping others and inspiring them to achieve their innate potential.

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I believe in giving and sharing. I believe in giving more than I think I can give. Pay it forward like how others have done for me. I am deeply grateful for those who have inspired and encouraged me in my life, past and present. I want to continue this line of tradition and bring others light in music and life. That would be my Christmas wish this year.I believe in giving and sharing. I believe in giving more than I think I can give. Pay it forward like how others have done for me. I am deeply grateful for those who have inspired and encouraged me in my life, past and present. I want to continue this line of tradition and bring others light in music and life. That would be my Christmas wish this year.

I cannot finish writing this without giving thanks to all of our students and their parents (mine and my school’s), and everyone whom I have interacted in my teaching career, past and present.  I sincerely appreciate your support and your trust in me (and my teaching staff).

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Last but not the least (cliché but true), I would like to give thanks to my dear Mother for her long-term support. Without her, I would not have been able to start this journey. Thank you Mother. And thank you Grandma who is in my heart always.

Last but not the least (cliché but true), I would like to give thanks to my dear Mother for her long-term support. Without her, I would not have been able to start this journey. Thank you Mother. And thank you Grandma who is in my heart always.

My Christmas Card to My Mother - It says in Chinese: "Thank you for letting me choose this journey in music, which has been truly magnificent and tremendously awe-inspiring."
My Christmas Card to My Mother – I wrote in Chinese: “Thank you for letting me choose this journey in music, which has been truly magnificent and tremendously awe-inspiring.”

Have a wonderful and blissful Christmas!

Warmly,  

Teresa[:]

[:en]The Responsibilities of a True Piano Teacher[:zh]一個真正鋼琴老師的責任[:]

[:en]Teaching students, especially young children, requires a lot of patience and compassion on top of expertise. As a piano teacher, the way you communicate directly affects whether the student receives your message or not, regardless of how well qualified you are as a music scholar and piano performer.

One important idea I have learnt from the music workshop I attended last year in Tokyo is that, students can feel insecure and vulnerable at times in their lessons. When they feel unsafe – note: not physically, but rather, emotionally, as there are chances of being criticized and pointing out their mistakes they make in their playing (or answers), they stop focusing on their music and instead on trying to be “correct”. They spend more time and effort worrying about their potential failure rather than expressing and enjoying themselves and the music. They would stop trying because they do not want to make more mistakes (especially after being told they were wrong or even yelled at in a disapproved tone).
One of the teacher’s many responsibilities is to show the student (again and again) that s/he can feel safe and supported during the lessons and the music journey together with the teacher, that s/he can feel free to ask questions and explore in the playing and practice. Therefore, building a great relationship between the teacher and student is crucial for ultimate success in music learning and achieving great results. And in order to do that, the teacher who truly cares about his/her teaching would put in utmost effort and patience in every single lesson with each student s/he has, because every lesson/student matters, young or old, “talented” or not.

 

 

Watching the students grow, young or adult, beginner or advanced, is the greatest pleasure a teacher can have.

 

Teresa Wong

 

 

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在教學上,特別是面對年幼的孩子,除了需要專業知識之外,更需要極大的耐心和同理心。作為一名鋼琴老師,不管你有多高的音樂和演奏造藝,你表達的方法直接影響學生是否接受你的教學和他們的學習進度。 

我從去年在東京參加的音樂工作坊中了解到一個重要的概念是,學生在上課時有感到不安全和脆弱的時候。當他們感覺不安全 - 注意:不是身體上,而是情感上,為了避免在彈奏(或答問題)時有被批評的可能性時,他們就會開始努力做「糾正」錯誤而非專注於上的表達。他們花費更多的時間和精力去擔心潛在的錯失,而不是表達音樂和享受自己的彈奏。他們因為不想讓更多的錯誤發生而開始停止嘗試,(尤其是在語氣不佳甚至大聲呵斥的情況下被告知他們是錯誤時)。

老師的許多責任其中之一是讓學生知道他/她在上課和這個音樂旅程時可以感到安全和得到支持,可以很安心的嘗試,和老師探討、提出問題。這樣一來,建立教師和學生之間良好的關係和真誠的信任,在學生音樂學習的成效和得著方面會有很大的幫助。而真正在乎學生和自己教學的老師,不管那個學生是否年輕、年長,又或者是否「才華橫溢」,也會投入最大的精力和耐心去教導每一個學生。


黃穎妍

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