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网上钢琴课程

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教授:专业美国印第安纳大学音乐学院毕业、钢琴演奏硕士、黄颖妍音乐学校创办人黄颖妍老师

出版书籍包括: Technique Transformation Piano Exercise Book / 钢琴技巧改造练习书册,Piano Freedom(暂定: 钢琴真自由),Music on Wings Piano Beginner Course Book 钢琴初阶课程。

网上课程内容:钢琴技巧改造训练,英国皇家音乐学院级别及文凭演奏考试训练,英国圣三日音乐学院文凭演奏考试训练,美国音乐学院面试预备训练,音乐历史、音乐乐理、听力、视唱、键盘技巧、钢琴即兴和伴奏、音乐创作、钢琴演奏等训练,以及音乐学术文章写作。

黄老师的學生遍佈全球各地,包括香港,澳門,中国大陸,新加坡,馬來西亞,印度,斯理蘭卡,澳洲,美國,英國,法國等等。

有兴趣跟黄老师上课的话,请直接联络我们。电邮是twsomusic@gmail.com. 

课程可以以广东话、国语、或英語上课。

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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[:]

The Secret to Instantly Improve Your Piano Playing

[:en]I have found THE SECRET to drastically improve anyone’s piano playing in no time. Do you want to know what it is?

Of course you do.

And when you have it, you can improve ANY AREA* in your playing, whether if be your performance, technique, and even sight reading and aural ability.

What exactly is it?

Ok, I give you the secret here, and it is only one word.

Are you ready?

FOCUS.

There you go. The secret is revealed.

“What? That’s it?”

Yes that’s it.

The principle is simple, but to achieve it might not be so.

Let me explain it further.

Focus is an essential component for anyone who wants to achieve greatness in anything he/she does. It is required in work, sports, reading, dance, and in this case, piano playing.

Why is it important and how does it work?

Do you find young children always have a hard time concentrating at the piano or even at school? Because they are always fidgeting, they like to move around, they are easily distracted. They have not been trained to focus at such tender age, at anything they are required to have full concentration. And the modern technology is definitely not helping, with the rise of smartphones, everyone is at it, ALL, THE, TIME. Even (/ Especially?) the adults are guilty at it, browsing through the internet with it, playing games on it, texting/whatsapping on it, constantly. You can think about how many hours you are NOT using your phone when you are awake…probably, not that many, not even one hour I reckon?

 

FOCUS

Playing the piano requires full attention. It promotes focus in the long run, therefore, when people say they want their children to take piano lessons because they want them kids to learn to behave and sit still, there is some truth to it. But at the same time, we need the players to acquire focus to be able to play well as well.

Absolute focus is not an option at the piano. FOCUS is a MUST.

You must attend to your music at ALL TIMES, at THAT MOMENT, not past not future. When you make a mistake, MOVE ON. If you dwell in the past, even just one bar ago, it’s gone, you cannot fix it, you must focus at the bar RIGHT NOW, in order to DO THE BEST here. You must also know what is going on in the future, while focusing at the NOW. You must feel your movement, knowing how it helps to control, coordinate and improve your technical skills and make the most efficient and effective move at that execution of note/chord/phrase.

Without FOCUS, there is no AWARENESS. There is no awareness of mistakes, there is no judgment on what is better and what is worse move, what is nicer sound and uglier sound, what is the right pitch/rhythm and wrong pitch/rhythm, there is no control of a steady tempo.

With FOCUS, everything is clearly revealed. You would know what is going wrong, and how to make it right.

FOCUS requires SILENCE, that silence of self-criticism/worry about being criticized. With that SPACE in your head, you allow yourself to grow and improve. With PERSISTENCE, you will go very far. You will become more and more successful in achieving what you want at the piano.

 

Teresa

*In fact, with FOCUS, you can improve any area in any aspect of your life instantly, but that’s another story for another blog.[:zh]I have found THE SECRET to drastically improve anyone’s piano playing in no time. Do you want to know what it is?

Of course you do.

And when you have it, you can improve ANY AREA* in your playing, whether if be your performance, technique, and even sight reading and aural ability.

What exactly is it?

Ok, I give you the secret here, and it is only one word.

Are you ready?

FOCUS.

There you go. The secret is revealed.

“What? That’s it?”

Yes that’s it.

The principle is simple, but to achieve it might not be so.

Let me explain it further.

Focus is an essential component for anyone who wants to achieve greatness in anything he/she does. It is required in work, sports, reading, dance, and in this case, piano playing.

Why is it important and how does it work?

Do you find young children always have a hard time concentrating at the piano or even at school? Because they are always fidgeting, they like to move around, they are easily distracted. They have not been trained to focus at such tender age, at anything they are required to have full concentration. And the modern technology is definitely not helping, with the rise of smartphones, everyone is at it, ALL, THE, TIME. Even (/ Especially?) the adults are guilty at it, browsing through the internet with it, playing games on it, texting/whatsapping on it, constantly. You can think about how many hours you are NOT using your phone when you are awake…probably, not that many, not even one hour I reckon?

FOCUS

Playing the piano requires full attention. It promotes focus in the long run, therefore, when people say they want their children to take piano lessons because they want them kids to learn to behave and sit still, there is some truth to it. But at the same time, we need the players to acquire focus to be able to play well as well.

Absolute focus is not an option at the piano. FOCUS is a MUST.

You must attend to your music at ALL TIMES, at THAT MOMENT, not past not future. When you make a mistake, MOVE ON. If you dwell in the past, even just one bar ago, it’s gone, you cannot fix it, you must focus at the bar RIGHT NOW, in order to DO THE BEST here. You must also know what is going on in the future, while focusing at the NOW. You must feel your movement, knowing how it helps to control, coordinate and improve your technical skills and make the most efficient and effective move at that execution of note/chord/phrase.

Without FOCUS, there is no AWARENESS. There is no awareness of mistakes, there is no judgment on what is better and what is worse move, what is nicer sound and uglier sound, what is the right pitch/rhythm and wrong pitch/rhythm, there is no control of a steady tempo.

With FOCUS, everything is clearly revealed. You would know what is going wrong, and how to make it right.

FOCUS requires SILENCE, that silence of self-criticism/worry about being criticized. With that SPACE in your head, you allow yourself to grow and improve. With PERSISTENCE, you will go very far. You will become more and more successful in achieving what you want at the piano.

Teresa

*In fact, with FOCUS, you can improve any area in any aspect of your life instantly, but that’s another story for another blog.[:]

Creativity

Let your imagination run FREE!
Let your imagination run FREE!

 

When some people think about taking lessons at the piano, they think “boring”, “classical”, “time and money wasting”, “useless”, “it’s not a school subject anyway, totally unrelated to any academic work”, “what does that have to with the real world anyway, it doesn’t help me with making more money (and friends) and getting promoted”, “I just don’t know what it is anymore for after finishing all the grades already”.

What a downer you said. Hey, I am just being realistic here, in fact, I remain completely neutral when I hear any of these comments and alike. I understand perfectly why they think like that. Because they have never experienced JOY in that part of their musical lives (and also that they never have a teacher like me hahaha…)

For me, of course, playing the piano has brought me so much into my life, which would be otherwise so dull and boring. Playing on my own is one thing, performing and sharing music with others is yet another. Writing about it and listening to it are both enjoyable and satisfying in so many beautiful ways. And now teaching it and teaching how to teach it adds an even newer and fuller dimension to this – how should I call it – “adventure“? :)

But I can tell you, the best thing is the connection it has brought to me with other people, locally and abroad. It has brought me to get to know so many beautiful people who love music and piano. For that I feel truly blessed.

Sometimes my students say to me, “why do you share so much online for free?” (sorry students I know you feel unfair, and I shall cut that down a bit). Well, my initial thoughts were to spread the knowledge I had to those who might not have access to it otherwise, so why wasted all the beautiful knowledge that I have gained myself all these years? I believe in paying it forward, and in giving I shall receive (not that I have ever so focused on the latter part). And I have been receiving in so many ways.

So what about my title “creativity“? Ok I was getting side tracked as always. To go back to the starting point, playing the piano might seem boring to some at first. All the learning to read notes, counting rhythm, playing scales and technical exercises (!), learning simple songs (“Really? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? Old MacDonald Had a Farm??”) and keeping your fingers curled do not seem fun and joyful at all. In fact, they seem to be torture to some. But once we get past the basics, it is really fun – actually I am wrong, the kids and adult beginners at our school are having fun right at the beginning even playing the easiest songs ever. It is not about it being easy and almost awfully silly at the age of 45 (or 4.5 for that matter in the eyes of a 45 – or perhaps it may well be, why can’t we be all silly at times? But that’s another topic for another day/another post isn’t it), it is rather that making music is fun, and making music with your own hands at the piano is tremendously joyful. And you might say, “hey I am just playing it according to ‘the book’ ” (the book that I wrote obviously). Yes, but YOU are playing the music, so you get to play in the way you want it to sound like (within the reasonable boundaries accordingly). So in a way you are creating the music, because there would be no sound if you don’t play it out loud ( mind you that the music sheet cannot make sound on its own). And even in our first semester of the piano beginner course, we already let students make their own choice and add their own ideas into the music and their playing. And in the second semester, students have to participate in writing parts of a couple songs. We also encourage students to start writing their own melodies at the very beginning. Needless to say, in this modern world, one can find lots of creativity in new technology and ideas as well as products. Making music especially at an early age brings out one’s creativity in so many fun and innovative ways. And for the young at heart, playing the piano can bring you so much joy and new perspectives and ideas as well. It is really for everyone!

Gaining knowledge in music is a life time of enjoyment. For those who understand this they would be reading this with a smile. For those who don’t just yet do not despair. Come learn with us ! (Or go learn somewhere is equally fine) The fundamental point is: get it a good try, really get into it, dig deeper in it, otherwise you won’t get as much joy as you would. And believe me, you totally deserve it. It would be such a beautiful thing you can do for yourself.

Now go get creative in your playing and your daily life!

Teresa Wong