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[:en]The Importance of being Authentic[:]

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I hope I have always been true to my students and my readers here.

Frankly I think I have.

But there were certainly times i doubted if it was the way I was supposed to be, if I were being truly authentic, perhaps to myself more than to anyone else.

I didn’t want to be too straightforward or outspoken at times because people might not like what i write and i would be ridiculed and criticised for that. Or i simply didn’t write it.

I didn’t want to write in a too serious or philosophical or academic or deep, meaningful or spiritual way that people might not understand what I was trying to say and think I am being pretentious or cheesy.

Well, sometimes I can’t help myself but just write it still. But I do know I had reservations. 

I think it’s time to just write what I want to write and say what I have to say, and there’s no better time than now.

It’s like playing the piano or getting your practice done: there’s simply no better time than now.

Or anything else you want to do in life really.

There’s no time to waste or miss out on things you really want to do. Or even to have fun!

I love teaching, but I don’t love teaching people who don’t want to learn and practice (and keep saying it’s hard and there’s no time), who don’t want to do the heavy lifting but want the result straight away.

I love playing, but I don’t love playing music I don’t want to play, no matter how popular a song is to everyone in the world.

I love writing, and frankly I don’t really care if there’s a lot of people reading this (it turns out to be quite a lot of you do so THANK YOU!). But I certainly hope those who do would find this blog helpful in the past few years: I have certainly spent loads of time and effort maintaining this and hope it would reach out to more people because I genuinely think I have great resources here.

I love to mentor others, but I don’t love mentoring those who are lazy and don’t put their heart and soul in their teaching and their career, those who just want to do the minimum in the most ridiculously imprecise and inaccurate way and ask me for the reward thinking that’s the way to do things. I say no to that and them.

I love precision, dedication, and passion. And there’s no other way to live and do things. 

I love integrity. That’s the only way to be.

So there you go.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Today is a brand new day for a brand new week! Enjoy!

Teresa Wong

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[:en]Balance is the Key[:]

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“Do we have to take exams for our piano lessons?” My student of 9 years’ old asked me today after finishing his lesson.

“No, of course not.” I was surprised to hear him saying that. Sometimes this little boy would give the most intelligent comment unexpected of for his young age.

“Why did you ask that?” I asked.

“Well, I have a friend who now lives in America, and he is also taking piano lessons there. He told me he never had to take any piano exams, and at his school they only taught two subjects: English and Maths.” He explained.

“That’s interesting.”

“You know, you also don’t have to take exams too for your piano lessons. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to. But everyone here loves to take it. And it’s actually not a bad thing.” I continued.

My student has taken grade 5 exam recently and received a merit result, which made him and his mother very happy. But that happy effect didn’t stay long and didn’t help him with realizing the fact that he’s capable of doing more and that he’s not playing the piano just to fulfill his “duty”. 

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I do think there is a merit to taking some tests for a subject you have learnt and worked hard on,  just to see how well you do it so far, but it’s only good for the student if it’s just part, and not all, of the whole learning process. What I mean is, for example, if we learn to be good at English only because we can pass the tests that we are given, we would focus on how to get a good score instead of how to be good at English. By the same token, when we learn to play the piano, if we focus on how to achieve a good score in piano exams instead of learning how to understand music and play the piano beautifully, we have already lost the essence of music learning and piano playing. 

I do see there is a phenomenon that if the student is not expected to take any piano exams for their piano lessons, they have a mentality of taking the piano lessons very lightly almost as if something they can throw away anytime they want. Certainly that goes a long way by tying a close relationship between piano lessons and piano exam results. If they are children, then it is because the parents focus way too much on getting a good result in piano exams and so the children are heavily influenced to think the same way as well. If they are adults, they have had this idea of “achievement equals to exam scores” deeply ingrained in their mind long time ago and it is sadly hard to be erased. I certainly do think there are high hopes for such eradication of false beliefs and new development of positive and growth mindset in each and everyone of them, only if they believe in it /me. 

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My student happily received the photocopy of a new piano duet I assigned to him.

“Go work on this, and be brave ok?”

I said with an encouraging smile as I handed over the copy to him. 

“Sure thing!” He returned with a big smile and left the studio. 

Teresa Wong

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[:en]Piano Scales Video Series[:zh]音階視像系列 (Piano Scales Video Series)[:]

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I am compiling a series of scale videos for you – whether a beginner or a student of graded levels – as a reference. I start with the major ones, both right hand and left hand in one octave ascending and descending. I shoot the videos from high above so you can watch how I play with respective fingerings. Hope they help!

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Video I, Major, C, G, D

 

 [:zh]我最近開始錄製一系列的音階視像,不論是初學或是級別學生,又或者是家長,都可以以這些視像作為參考。你可以看到我是用什麼手指(右手左手,一個八度)去彈每一個音階。首先從大調開始。希望可以幫到大家吧!

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Video I, Major, C, G, D

 

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