Grace Music Studio has been relocated to Canning Vale. I currently see my students in the new studio which has more space to feel comfort and shorter, easier access from the driveway. I am happy that almost all my students could follow me and come to the new place without major difficulties and I feel sorry to Jayla, my special student, that it became too far for her to travel from her house in one of the suburbs in up north. I wish my students and I can make some dearest memories here in the new studio. I thank all my students and parents for their support and trust.
It's been a wonderful year to me personally and as a teacher. Teaching talented students and seeing them grow was pure pleasure to me and I feel so blessed with lots of students who are most kind and warm-hearted. They truly make my year. I feel sorry and sad to think about two students who will no longer see me in the new year as they move to Melbourne, Ashmeet and Bimin. You will always have a special space in my heart. I wish you could find an excellent piano teacher there soon to continue your progress.
This year, I wanted to make my Christmas article more interesting, so in the last lesson, I asked some of my students to leave a short end-of-year message to everyone and here they are:
Nicholas- Merry Christmas, everyone!
Esther- Have a good Christmas, be safe everybody.
Prathyush- Merry Christmas and happy new year.
Hannah- Piano is the best!
Sohee- I've really enjoyed playing piano with Grace.
Tracy- Merry Christmas and good luck next year.
Eun- Don't eat too much in this festive season! Harsh diet is coming!
Jayla- I love piano!
Akiho- I learned a lot this year.
Ashmeet- It's been amazing to learn from you, Grace.
Nicholas - This year was awesome!
Venzhel- Grace is the best piano teacher and it was a great year.
Bimin- I enjoyed learning from you.
A few students were too shy to say something, and some others had intensive lessons so I did not have time to ask them for a message. All those who did not leave a message but whom I taught and loved spending time with- Sophie, Ronalee, Roneesha, Matt, Hannah, Carl, Catherine, George, Judea, Luke, Madelyn, Whitchill, Jessica and Christine- I thank you so much for being great students to me.
Congratulations on your amazing achievement this year and hope you will continue to make remarkable progress in the new year. You make me proud.
of my Kawai GE-30 to make sure it sounds at its best for all my students. It was necessary especially because the piano is new and it's been only about 3 months and it needs time to settle in this new environment.
Now, 10 great weeks are ahead of us and I feel well-prepared and fully recharged for it!
evolving mechanisms of the early pianos worked and how they were reflected in music written in that era. Not only did he explain different pianos in chronological order, but he also described the development of the early pianos by region (Italy, Germany, Austria and England). Some of the areas he covered in the lecture were about the invention, construction and components of the early pianos including the harpsichord, clavichord and fortepiano. It was fascinating to know that a lot of classical era music was written with the damper raised. It worked to clear the very common misconception that we should avoid using the damper pedal when playing a classical piece! After the lecture, I realised how I cannot put all early pianos into the same category and how largely different they were from one another.
No wonder accurate performance comes with accurate understanding of the history!
feel relaxed, happy and curious what I' going to learn next.[....] One day, I'll become a famous pianist. [....] I wish I could have piano lessons everyday!"
It's a joy for me to see Sophie grow as an all round musician and I can't wait to perform her own duet piece in the next student forum.
I attended a WACE performance preparation seminar held by WAMTA on Saturday 16th May. The seminar was delivered by three current WACE examiners- Peter Sunman, John Beaverstock and Andrew Patrick. We had many points for discussion which covered various aspects of WACE exams including what to expect in the examination room, repertoire selection, timing of pieces, role of instrumental teachers in preparing the candidates and performing scores, just to name a few. Without doubt, the seminar was highly informative and effectively prepared teachers and students for WACE exams. It was worth attending despite the wintery, stormy and rain-drizzling weather:D
This year's first Student Forum was held last saturday, 2 May at St.Mary's Anglican Church, South Perth. Many students from more than 10 teachers participated, and amongst them were quite a few advanced students. The programme was wonderful and lasted for about 2 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!
It was particularly more special for my dearest student Katie as it was her first public performance. Unlike most students who perform for the first time, she didn't get nervous at all and played the prepared pieces beautifully with a careful attention to details. Congratulataions! No doubt that I was very proud and happy! I'm sure she was happy, too: ) I hope she will play to her best in her grade exam in July.
AMEB Series 17 WA launch was on 15 March at the Kurrajong Theatre in the UWA Claremont heritage building. Mr. Barry Palmer gave a helpful explanation about the new series. Then Mr. Janggoo Chapkhana offered play-throughs of exemplars across all grades, and a discussion followed after the demonstration. Topics of the discussion included stylistic interpretation, consistency in articulation, the significance of rests and conventional notation with unconventional interpretation among many others. When this great event came to an end, participating teachers received an AMEB Certificate of Participation, as acknowledgement of a professional development experience.
I'm glad that piano students now have more fascinating pieces to choose from for their exam repertoire:D
The concert was amazing as I expected- Sarah Chang played Bruch's violin concerto no.1 in G minor ever so passionately and impeccably. It was a good experience for me as I'm more into piano concertos than violin concertos (well, piano is my instrument so I guess it is quite natural :D). I followed every movement Sarah made. I almost could believe that I was just a short distance away from this world famous violinist.
In the post-concert talk, Alan Tyrell had an interview with Sarah Chang and Maestro Asher Fisch. Listening to how Sarah began to play the violin, people were in astonishment- she was given her first ever violin, 1/16 small like the one we put on a Christmas tree, at the age of 4 and when she was 5 and a half, she played Bruch's first violin concerto in an audition for the Juilliard, the same concerto she played that night! No doubt that she was a child music prodigy.
Something that I wouldn't forget happened after the post-concert talk. A fan wanted to take a picture with her, then Sarah said 'yes'. I don't think she knew what that 'yes' could bring about- many of her fans queued for photos and autographs and I couldn't exactly see the end of it. Well, I was one of them, too, and she was very kind and treated every single fan of hers with respect and a smile.
It was a happy night for me and I'm sure it was for all her fans who came that night, too.