Stage Fright! 4 Ways to Cope with Performance Stress

Having stage fright is a common hurdle that musicians have to go through. Here are 4 ways to cope with performance stress. 1. Understand that it is common and natural Before trying to cope with stage fright, we need to know what exactly causes it. Having stage fright is a rather primitive response – we experience […]

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音樂老師的挑戰(一)

在很多人眼中,音樂老師是一種很好的職業。時薪非常高,只要找到足夠的學生,工資便會很不錯。很多家長都會要求小朋友學習最少一種樂器,理論上不愁客源。唯一的問題是不少部份的工作都在週末週日,以至很多星期六日的朋友聚會都出席不了。但是否如外人所想般的理想呢? 其實音樂老師都有不少的煩惱,例如,個別家長因為不同的原因,會經常要改變學生上課的時間,老師因而要每個星期都要不斷修改時間表。另外,很多時老師會被要求盡快令學生可以考下一級考試,以極快的方式完成八級的考試,但學生的根基根本不足夠去應付,結果只是不斷挫敗學生的自信心。 這個現象,其實已經並不是只在某些國家地區發生,而是全球性的現像。為何呢?音樂老師怎樣應對呢?

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Practice Tips for AMEB Exams

So you have applied to take an AMEB practical exam. How are you preparing for it? From piano to trumpet, cello to voice, the Australian Music Examinations Board covers a wide range of instruments and genres. Below are some practice tips that will hopefully help you become more confident and well prepared when the exam time comes around. Use […]

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Where and how can I find a music teacher?

Whether you are looking for a private music teacher for your child, or you are a adult learner looking to pick up an instrument, finding the suitable music teacher requires asking yourself some key questions and knowing where to start looking. Here are some links to resources that provide important information on how to find a suitable […]

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Essential Warm Up Exercises for any Musicians

Whether you are a vocalist or a brass player, warming up is essential for an efficient practice session or a professional level of performance. As mentioned in our previous blog post on health and wellness of musicians, playing a musical instrument is indeed a physical activity that require us to warm up and cool down. […]

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Health and Wellness of Musicians

Health and wellness issues of musicians are often overlooked. From voice injury to hearing loss, back pain to carpal tunnel syndrome, musicians are prone to varying types and degrees of injury. Whether you are looking to build stamina and endurance for performance, or to reduce the likelihood of over-stressing your muscles, the following list provides […]

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4 Music Related TED Talks Not to be Missed

A selection of 4 great Ted Talks related to the power of music: 1. Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music “Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.” […]

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音樂是免費的午餐嗎? (二)

上回提及的音樂界兩件事件,可能只是冰山一角。但若情況持續,經濟學上的「劣幣驅逐良幣」現象便會發生,即有真材實料的音樂家不接受無償演出,結果苦無演出機會; 未合要求的音樂家接受了無償演出,但質素參差。而商業機構因已經找到音樂家無償演出,不會太理會質素。在無止境地惡性循還下,香港整體音樂水準便會不斷下降。

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音樂是免費的午餐嗎? (一)

為何在聖誕節我們會感受到聖誕氣氛?除了不同的裝飾外,最重要的因素是我們聽到以聖誕節為主題的歌曲。無論是音樂家在商場演唱,又或合唱團在不同場合唱聖詩,都讓我們感到節日的氣氛和歡樂。不少人都認為香港是文化沙漠,但音樂卻必然是香港生活一個不可或缺的部份。

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Machine learning – 2017 tech trend

Fast Company recently published a list of 12 tech trends that will shape our lives in 2017. Two of the trends that we find are most relevant to our quest of providing technological solutions to music learning and teaching are “An AI will be your favorite new artist” (no.7), and “We will learn from machine learning”(no. 12). Machine learning […]

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