June 22, 2018 at 11:48am
May 31, 2018 at 3:02pm

Is there a min qualification in sg for teachers to start teaching piano? I hear different stories across. Some say gr 8, some say must have teacher cert. Is there such a thing called teacher cert?

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Susan Teo

If no cert, how to prove the teacher is qualified?

June 2, 2018 at 9:57pm
Goh Zensen

The short answer to your question is to interview, audition and examine the portfolio of the teacher-to-be. The latter includes his experience in the music industry, his works, etc. For me (and... See More

The short answer to your question is to interview, audition and examine the portfolio of the teacher-to-be. The latter includes his experience in the music industry, his works, etc. For me (and several others in the music education industry) will also observe a demo lesson by him to gauge pedagogical suitability. Many a time, these supersede the paper qualifications he possesses (if any).

Disciplines like medicine and engineering would definitely need certified credentials because we can't risk doctors prescribing the wrong medication leading to deaths; and neither can we risk living in buildings that might collapse anytime. But what is music? What is its inherent risk?

But if we are talking about teaching FOR THE SAKE of letting students go through the graded EXAMS, then of course his credentials would ONLY matter then.

June 4, 2018 at 8:49am
Susan Teo

But for many parents like me, I dunno music. So I can't interview them the way you can. I need something easier to measure with. Paper qualifications will be one consideration, of cos. Just... See More

But for many parents like me, I dunno music. So I can't interview them the way you can. I need something easier to measure with. Paper qualifications will be one consideration, of cos. Just wondering can any person who knows how to play the piano, and take some exams b4, just suddenly one day decides to teach, and can teach straight away?

June 18, 2018 at 2:10pm
Goh Zensen

If you are thinking of finding a piano teacher for your child, then you'd need consider your objective. If you want him/her to take the graded exams (for whatever purpose later in life is yet... See More

If you are thinking of finding a piano teacher for your child, then you'd need consider your objective. If you want him/her to take the graded exams (for whatever purpose later in life is yet another big topic by itself, which I shall skip for now) then your question is valid, which I will illustrate below. But if the objective is to let him/her appreciate music, learn it with joy and motivation and to be empowered to play music in a carefree way (without the exam stress) by ear and improvisation for whatever music he likes/listens to, then the paper qualifications of the teacher become highly irrelevant.

Let's assume it is the former. Teachers with a teaching licence at a govt school have gone through proper certification and training in pedagogy - explaining why a PhD in Maths may not teach as well as an A Level holder in Maths for a primary school maths syllabus, especially if the latter possess a teaching license (and not the former). In the music ed industry - the phenomenon is similar - my counterparts and I have seen several top notch musicians with superior qualifications but are unable to teach - yet those with lower qualifications can teach better (though their own musicianship isn't that strong).

Thus if you are considering between two piano teachers - one with a Diploma in Piano Performance and the other a Diploma in Piano Teaching, and OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL, the latter is a better choice for your child.

June 20, 2018 at 2:59pm
June 13, 2018 at 12:42am

Excellent Transcriptions #2 - Frank Dupree's transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris is so well done that people have been asking for his version to replace the current simplistic rendition being sold today. It's that good!
PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSXpKj_WSA
PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSh6JfiSSA... See More

Excellent Transcriptions #2 - Frank Dupree's transcription of Gershwin's An American in Paris is so well done that people have been asking for his version to replace the current simplistic rendition being sold today. It's that good!
PART 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBSXpKj_WSA
PART 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSh6JfiSSA

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Adelynn Khoo

I watched the film! But is this used in the film?

June 18, 2018 at 2:07pm
Gavin Koh

The 1951 movie An American in Paris (starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) only features the orchestral version of the piece. This transcription is a 2014 version for a pianist to indulge in and... See More

The 1951 movie An American in Paris (starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) only features the orchestral version of the piece. This transcription is a 2014 version for a pianist to indulge in and perform with. However, I haven't seen it on sale anywhere yet, possibly some copyright issues.

June 18, 2018 at 2:46pm
Adelynn Khoo

Haha. I like the turning effect of the video btw. Rarely seen.

June 18, 2018 at 3:01pm
Goh Zensen

IMHO, the trumpet solo blues tune (followed by the Big Band Broadway feature) is nicer than the Rhapsody in Blue. But in the piano community, fewer know of the former because of it being a non-... See More

IMHO, the trumpet solo blues tune (followed by the Big Band Broadway feature) is nicer than the Rhapsody in Blue. But in the piano community, fewer know of the former because of it being a non-piano piece. Thus I always play it via a hybrid of by-ear and improvisation.

June 20, 2018 at 2:48pm
November 1, 2017 at 1:16am

If you were composing piano pieces, what music notation software would you recommend - MuseScore, Finale, Sibelius, or something else?

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Liew Soo Hin

Ic.. I often mistake the DAW together with these!
And I also thought Logic Pro has some notation capabilities.

June 18, 2018 at 5:30pm
Gavin Koh

Logic Pro does have notation capabilities, but it's probably bare basics.

June 18, 2018 at 5:32pm
Gavin Koh

Read this... See More

Read this link to understand the difference between them.

June 18, 2018 at 5:36pm
June 19, 2018 at 11:25am
June 17, 2018 at 3:22pm

I'm told that I cannot turn off the power to my piano. Why? What is the power for?

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Liew Soo Hin

Are you using normal or digital piano?

June 18, 2018 at 2:42am
Susan Teo

Normal

June 18, 2018 at 3:38pm
Liew Soo Hin

Then the power should be for the heater inside the piano. Recommended to leave it on, so that the moisture don't build up.

June 18, 2018 at 4:47pm

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