Tag: pianobeginners

[: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]3 Key Elements to Your Success at the Piano[:]

[:en]Here are the 3 key elements to your success at the piano and 3 key elements to your practice strategy.[:]

[: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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Happy Anniversary to My School!

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of my school. I was beyond thrilled.

The past year had been a great ride, full of ups and downs. Full of hope and despair. Full of success and failure. But such is life. And we survived.

Today we had a monthly staff meeting. I gave a presentation of what my vision for the school would be, a presentation I worked on for two straight hours the night before – yes, a Saturday eve in front of the computer, how exciting. But indeed, it was very exciting for me. Making the presentation gave me a very clear and vivid idea of what I had done in the past few years, especially what I had done to build the school last year. I told myself as I was making the slide, “I am crazy. I have done so much!”

The slide is both an overview of the past projects and the new plans for the school. When I look at the numbers, I am absolutely excited. I can see what we have done so far and foresee what we are able to achieve in the next year and three.

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I am feeling hopeful. I am feeling my passion, my heart and soul in it.

Now I would like to recruit new staff, new teachers. I would love to have a core team that is committed in building the school together, someone who is willing to put his/her heart and soul into building a community that educates and inspires students and the next generation. If you are interested in joining us in a bigger adventure, please, send me a message. And I would also like to recruit new students who are committed to their playing and willing to give their best at it, those who already have the heart and soul in it and for it. If you are one of them, I would love to hear from you as well.

 

 

Tonight ended perfectly with watching the movie “Inside Out”. It reminded me of all the hopes and dreams and the things the moments and the people I should treasure. Those includes the ones with my students, my studio and my school. I thank you all for supporting me all along. August will be an exciting month and this coming academic year will be fantastic and new for me and the school.

More to come,
With love and in music,

Teresa

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初學鋼琴系列 : (五)技巧: 手掌的控制

初學鋼琴系列: (五)技巧: 手掌的控制