Tag: teaching

[: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]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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Passion and Devotion in Piano Teaching

Passion and Devotion in Piano Teaching

“Nothing comes easy. Any great work – teaching or playing – requires hard work and dedication. If one aspires to build a great career in teaching, one must put much effort and time in it. Just as if one wants to play well at the the piano, one must put heart and soul into it. There is nothing in between. However much effort you put in will determine however much result you get. It is truly that simple.”