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[:en]Adult Piano Beginner Learners[:]

[:en]Adult Piano Beginner Learners

This year we have quite a number of adult students who have come in to learn to play the piano for the first time. I am very glad to see this phenomenon.

I still remember we had this amazing student who came in last year, and the first line of his email wrote, “I am a 51-year-old man who has never learnt to play the piano…”. My eyes beamed with joy when I read that line. I couldn’t be happier! Someone at this mature age wanted to play the piano! Why would that be a problem?

Any age is a good age to learn something new. Any age is a good age to challenge oneself and do something fresh for the first time. Any age is a good age to be nice to oneself and give oneself a Gift.

I believe Music is such a Joy for anyone of any age, and playing the piano is a great gift to receive that joy.

I understand the “awkwardness” for adults to pick up an instrument (or simply learn some new skills) for the first time:

“Can I actually do it?”

“What if I can’t? Would I look stupid or embarrass myself?”

“Am I too old to do it?”

“It’s okay, I don’t really have to do this. Why bother, why waste time and money to do it?”

The list of doubt goes on and on.

I get it. I have that moment too.

Like I couldn’t swim or bike for most of my life – I learnt to do that just a few years ago. I am not good at it, but I can move! And I enjoy them.

Or I remember the first time I saw people run on campus when I was studying for my graduate degree in America. I thought to myself, “Oh! People RUN here.” I never exercised when I was in Hong Kong, almost never. No one told me I had to exercise! I only knew I had to study and practice a lot of piano. So I started running on campus too, and went to the gym and took cycling classes and did circuit weight training. I didn’t know how to do it but I just followed the instructions and that’s it! It was a lot of fun and so I never stopped exercising ever since.

Or I love traveling on my own, a lot. People say, “Oh but it’s dangerous (for a woman) to travel solo” or, “Oh but it’s so boring to travel alone”. I never feel any danger at all. A woman can protect herself just like a man does. And when you travel alone, you can talk with the locals and meet new friends. It’s a lot of fun and a different kind of traveling experience. When you travel alone, you would notice a lot of things you might not otherwise.

Or I never wrote a book. And now I did. I am happy that I finally published it, now I can make it better for the second edition, and work on the Chinese version. And also the course books. I never thought I wanted to or could write an instruction manual (it sounds so boring!). But I did, and I am glad I endured the boredom at the beginning of drafting it.

What I am trying to say is there are a lot of things we thought we didn’t want to do and tried to make a lot of excuses not to of them, and the main reason is most likely this:

We are scared.

We are scared to fail.

We are scared to make mistakes.

We are scared to be ridiculed.

But, what if we make it?

What if we succeed?

What if we are actually good at it?

Or what if, what if we actually enjoy doing it, regardless of how good or bad we are at it?

Isn’t that the most important point of we doing something, that WE ENJOY DOING THE THING WE DO?

Yes, that’s the whole point of we learning to play the piano.

Because PLAYING THE PIANO IS FUN.

So, Adult Piano Beginner Learners, keep coming! We are ready!

Peace,
Teresa Wong[:]

[:en]About Our Piano Beginner Course[:]

[:en]Our “Music on Wings: Piano Beginner Course” is an all-in- one piano program that provides a comprehensive training in all aspects of music learning: playing, listening, singing, reading, writing, improvising and composing.[:]

[: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]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[:]