I am going to be as candid as I can ever be in this post, and from now onwards.
It’s not that I wasn’t being truthful or honest before. I was trying to be “kind” and “nice”.
There’s nothing wrong with being kind and nice, but when I was being “too kind” and “too nice”, I found out students become lazy and started to rely on me, meaning they always looked at me for directions, instead of thinking for themselves how to do it.
Playing the piano and perfecting the skills required needs a lot of brainwork, and to that I mean A LOT.
It’s not for those who don’t like thinking and analysing to the deepest.
It is also not for someone who don’t want to move their bodies.
What does that mean? There has ben a stereotype that playing the piano is to “tame” the kids’ temper, like it’s some sort of circus moves. Actually, it sounds more like the teacher is the animal trainer and the students being… you know.
Only I hope your teacher doesn’t have a wipe to hold on to..
First, let me tell you what playing the piano is not:
It’s NOT just for GIRLS
It’s NOT to train boys to sit still
It’s NOT for ANYONE to sit still and NOT move their bodies
It’s NOT just a finger movement
Now, let me tell you what playing the piano is about:
IT IS an activity that requires MIND, BODY, EMOTION , and SPIRIT. (Yes, it is that kind of activity.)
It is an ACTIVE activity, like a SPORT.
It requires BRAIN WORK. – LOTS OF IT.
It requires BODY COORDINATION – hands, feet, eye, torso (upper and lower, even when you are sitting) and oh yeah, brain again, you guess it.
It requires FEELING – yes it does, because it’s ART, an EXPRESSION of EMOTION – otherwise go do maths or play video games. I can’t imagine anyone filling in forms and studying tests with PASSION, that would be weird.
It requires not only feeling for music, but also feeling for your own body, that’s the ultimate way to transform your technique forever. So it requires the player to be in touch with themselves.
It takes FOCUS, DEDICATION, DISCIPLINE, HARD WORK, RESILIENCE, STRUCTURE, SKILLS, TIME, and PATIENCE. – I think there’s more I am missing…oh maybe, PASSION?
It requires FAST RESPONSE. REALLY FAST.
It requires A LOT OF THINKING -it needs a lot of rationalization and analysis, and is therefore NOT for anyone who prefers spoon fed everything.
It is NOT cost effective.
It requires PRACTICE, ON YOUR OWN.
It requires REFLECTION, ON YOUR OWN.
IT REQUIRES THINKING, ON YOUR OWN.
So I hope I have told you what it takes to be really great at the piano. Of course, if you just want to do whatever, keep telling yourself “it’s too hard”, “I don’t have time (for lessons and/practice)”, and “the teacher should tell me everything I need to know!”
Anything great in life requires hard work, resilience, time and patience, and A LOT OF THINKING.
Next post, I would write about “teachers” who think they are teaching, but they are really not!
I trust you all had a great holiday and a fresh start to this beautiful new year of 2017.
As this new year begins, so do us – me and my teachers at TWSOM – get back to work.
This year we will kickstart with our annual student concert (January), followed by our re-run of our regular intensive courses, some new fun programs, as well as exciting one-off workshops!
So here, I would like to announce that we will re-run our Piano Teacher Training Course (Level I) in February, and the deadline of the early bird special discount is January 15, 2017.
Our upcoming workshops will include topics such as songwriting and piano technique. They will give you some more insights into how the real courses work.
At TWSOM, we always want to provide music lovers – new or seasoned – with fun, creative, and systematic music programs, so that students not only have fun but also truly learn to master the instrument and gain real and lasting musical knowledge they can enjoy forever.
I wish you all a great start to the new year, and hope to connect more music lovers, students and parents, teachers and fellow musicians locally and all over the world!
對我來說，音色（tone color) 是一個很吸引的重要元素。好的音色是明亮(bright)、清澈(clear)、實在（solid)，有時可能是溫柔溫婉，但仍然是清脆，絕對不是散（mushy) 或浮面(shallow) 的聲音。
我想補充一句，音色 (tone) 和聲音（sound) 是兩個截然不同的元素。音色是音樂的顏色，聲音是音樂的量度（volume)。所以聲音就是大細聲(forte:loud, piano:soft etc)。
Teresa Wong 黃穎妍[:]