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To Adult Piano Beginners

If you are between 18 and 100 and are looking into taking piano lessons as an absolute beginner, CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve made the first step to starting this wonderful musical journey with a magical and (literally) majestic instrument.

I am certainly biased here, being a classically trained pianist for so many years. I basically live, breathe and sleep with piano/music in my head 24/7. I love playing, teaching and writing about it/them.

I have to admit though, it was not love at the first sight, and I was no child prodigy. I just went through the early period of my “piano life” because I was told to like every other obedient child. My brothers played piano and I also played it, with it being part of our education curriculum.

All those early years I spent at the piano with a few piano teachers were not all that enjoyable or educational really – no offense, but I believe most of them didn’t know what they were doing. I have perfect pitch (which can be a blessing and a curse), and my teachers didn’t even know or take advantage of that to teach me. They just went through the books (“play louder, play correct, play faster, and then some more!”) and thought they did their jobs, one of them occasionally comparing me to my brother (who was doing much better than I back then) and implying that I was a disappointment to her as my piano exam grades were not as good.

Long story short, I thought I was not good at piano. In fact, quite the contrary, and not until I met my first real Teacher, that I realized I loved playing the piano and I was actually quite good at it.

She opened my eyes, ears and mind to this whole new magical world of music. I mean, I never thought playing the piano was that fun and literally, colorful! (She made me draw a picture about the piece I was playing, and even though I was super bad at drawing and she teased me about it, it was an amazing experience to know that music had image and story and color and so much more…)

And I was 13.

Piano has taken me to many places, met many people and experienced many things I would have otherwise never had. I went to Europe for music festival before 18, spent a summer playing music in ancient castles and opera houses in Italy and sang in the Vatican Church. I got invited to France and all the amazing countries to perform in concerts. I also wrote books on piano, started a piano school and a charity organization, and did a lot of interesting fun concerts all these years.

I am writing about my experiences to show how grateful I feel to have all these opportunities, just because I play the piano.

I guess what I am saying is, I have a lot of passion for piano, not just playing it, but promoting it, writing about it, and teaching it. I spent a lot of waking (and sleepy) hours thinking about how to help students play better. I wrote articles and make videos sharing for free about how others can play and teach better. I do all these only because I love it.

So whenever someone new – whether they be 3 or 93 – is coming to take piano lessons with me, I am always feel with anticipation and excitement, thinking, “great, another opportunity to share my passion with a new student!”. And when they feel frustrated with how it goes at the beginning, I always remind them, “it’s just a start, don’t worry, it’s okay to not know how and make mistake, because that’s how we learn!”.

All these years in my piano teaching career, I have so many adult students, including those who start from scratch as an absolute beginner, advanced players and piano teachers. Those who are “successful” in learning how to play – meaning they have good progress and enjoy their playing and learning – are always the ones who love the challenges, who put effort into learning and practice, and who are not afraid to make mistakes and keep going.

I know I have been long winded in this post, but what I want to really say to you is, if you still are thinking about whether you should start playing the piano or not, I say “go for it”. There’s nothing to lose but time wasted in pondering upon what could happen if you’ve tried your hands at the piano – and hey, if you’ve tried it and found out you don’t like it, great, no need to pursue it. Move on to the next project!

Let’s make some music together!

Training Piano Teachers

Lately I have been preoccupied with training piano teachers on my online teaching platform and one-to-one private consultation basis.

I find it very fulfilling and satisfying to train piano teachers (and music teachers) to become successful in their teaching career. After years of my own training and teaching students in the area of piano performance, I realized how important it was to help piano teachers to become better in the way they understand and teach music/piano. I personally can only teach that many students privately; but if I could train others to teach well, we would have a lot more wonderful piano teachers out there to educate, inspire and encourage students to learn, enjoy and flourish in their music journey.

The first thing I want to get piano teachers understand is that they need to get themselves “out there”, especially when they are new in their teaching career. What that means is that they need to find their own channels to promote their teaching. It can be a blog, a Facebook page, or a YouTube channel. It is important for the teachers to share their thoughts, knowledge and experience on piano teaching and performing. It is a great way for the teachers to not only let new students know about their availability, but also to educate and connect with current students outside their lessons.

Another thing about training new teachers is to show them that there is a huge difference between learning to play piano and learning to teach piano. Surely there are some similarities between the two, but knowing how to play doesn’t mean one knows how to teach. There certainly is a lot to learn when it comes to the art of teaching. Other than all the music books I have studied throughout the years, I have also educated myself by reading a lot of books on communication and psychology. Learning how to communicate with students (and parents), encourage them and inspire them to learn and succeed, and above all, understand each student’s personality and their strength and take advantage of that knowledge in one’s teaching are all very powerful tools for a successful piano teacher.

Before I teach my piano teachers anything, I always ask them this question, “why do you teach?”. I want them to really think and feel deeply, and understand the reason they want to start their teaching career. For me, I was inspired by a couple of the most amazing piano teachers during my formative years: their passion in piano, their expertise in teaching, as well as their compassion for students (which I truly cherish till this day). They showed me how a real teacher could dramatically change a life for the better.

A real teacher is inspiring, caring, and respectable. I hope I am one and I can train many more in years to come.

Teresa Wong

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台北篇(一):鋼琴教育和精神生活

最近我去了台北幾天。這次旅程我沒有特別編排,只知道我會去這間遠近馳名的音樂書房。從學生口中聽聞這間書房有很大量的樂譜和書籍。

到了台北的這一天,我就去拜訪這個書房。已經辛苦的找到了,只見書房位於一棟可古舊的建築物內。步入書房中,我有點驚訝裏面的空間跟我想像中少很多。但細心看看,我發現有很多很多有用的書籍。我找到了幾本在台灣以外可能不會見到的中文書籍。雖然大家知道我是很少看中文書和寫中文文章(寫這篇文章struggle了很久呢,「好不好?」—請想像我以「滿爛」的台灣國語來的),但見到幾本非常有意思的書籍,我也忍不住買了下來。

在我買的三本中文書當中,兩本是由留美的台灣鋼琴教師寫的。另外一本是日本老師寫的中譯版(我很不喜歡看譯本,但是日文我實在不懂)。從這兩位鋼琴教師的文章中,感覺他們很用心去教育下一代,也很熱切和慷慨的與讀者分享自己的經驗,掙扎和成果。

其實去這書房最深刻的,不是找到書籍可以使用,而是感覺到台灣人對古典音樂和其教育的尊重及用心。這是在香港很少感受到的。但看到台灣和日本鋼琴教師如此用心,我也覺得自己要繼續努力啊!(所以決定寫多一點中文文章,因為畢竟我也是香港人呢!)

大家一起加油吧!

黃頴姸

附註:最近我在重整我們的鋼琴導師訓練課程的大綱,準備在九月上課。湊巧在書房找到日本老師寫的鋼琴教室經營大全,令我更加想再教授這課程。在第二期訓練課程中,我會更詳細的講解怎樣去經營自己的教室,可以幫到大家!

更多資料 –

鋼琴導師訓練課程:

http://www.teresawong.hk/?p=17721

http://www.twsom.com/#!piano-teacher-training-course/czrg

台北音樂家書房:

http://www.musiker.com.tw/index.asp

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鋼琴教室經營大全

 

 

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