Since two SDA students were admitted to Berklee College of Music, students interested in music have also come to our school one after another. In today's sharing session, our music teacher Ms. Groves shared her practical music learning skills with everyone present.
SDA Music Teacher
＂The excellent musicians at our school play an active part in the music department, from studying IGCSE/AS/A Level Music, to performing at school events, to being members of our school Concert Band and Choir. If you would like to improve your musical skills, or start to learn a musical instrument, here are my top tips for success:
Find an instrument you love! Try lots of different types of instruments and pick the one you think is the most fun to play. You can come to the music room to try lots of different instruments and Ms. Groves will help you to find one you like!
Find some music that you enjoy playing. You will need to play your instrument to improve, so it is important to find music that you like to practise, whether it is a classical piece or the melody from your favourite pop song.
If you can play an instrument already, consider studying IGCSE/AS/A Level Music at school/ You will get time to practise and perform on your instruments, write your own music, and learn more about different types of music from all around the world.
We hope students who have chosen Music as an elective course can practice more during the summer vacation and students who are interested in music can prepare well based on what you enjoy, and join Concert Band or Choir at school next semester to fuel your passion for music!
I’ve been learning percussion for many years since kindergarten. I enjoy playing the melody line with different rhythm patterns which are really expressive. Being a performer and joining an orchestra is what I want to do in the future. This year, I entered an international competition, The Southern Percussion Competition for Young International Tuned Percussionists 2021. This was a good opportunity for me to enhance my skills such as to attend some masterclasses and to perform better from the comments of judges. In addition, taking the music class in school is an important part of my musical studying because it expands my scope of knowledge extensively, for example, learning the background of western music and about music from various regions of the world. Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
By Jun Xue
02我学习钢琴已经有11年了。尽管在我小的时候，我并不想下定决心学琴，但一旦开始，我便很快为钢琴的魅力所吸引，并且非常愿意花大量时间练习。我很喜欢钢琴，也很享受弹奏钢琴的过程，主要是因为钢琴的琴声和它带给人的感觉吸引着我。钢琴的琴声可以一会儿激情高昂，一会儿又铿锵有力。没有哪一种乐器在音色和音感上能比得上钢琴，其琴声独有的特色将作曲家的感受表现得淋漓尽致。例如，我最喜欢的是肖邦的叙事曲和夜曲，在钢琴上演奏的旋律更像是一位歌手用琴声诉说故事。相反，在贝多芬的钢琴奏鸣曲中，钢琴变得如此强大和有力。对贝多芬来说，一架钢琴就能充当一整个管弦乐队。例如，上声部可以想象为双簧管演奏主旋律，中声部可以想象为两个中提琴伴奏，低声部可以想象为双基。但是，请记住，所有这些声音都是由一个乐器发出的，那就是钢琴。这太神奇了，也是我如此喜爱钢琴的原因。尽管我还没有决定未来是否会坚持钢琴演奏，但是我还是时常督促自己勤加练习，希望能达到更专业的水平。对我来说，演奏历史上如此多久负盛名的作曲家的曲子，是一件无比荣幸的事情。去年我开始尝试自己作曲，这是我之后可能会选择的学习方向。尝试将自己的所思所想融入音乐中，这对我来说太有趣了。我成功申请到今年暑假NYU Tisch Summer High School Recorded Music的课程项目。在这个项目中， 我将学习音乐录制、音乐制作、如何用音乐带动消费者，还会学习音乐公司的概念化、如何创建、运营音乐公司，以及新技术如何影响人们听音乐的方式。NYU项目覆盖的课程内容是我之前没有接触过的，但我认为，在自己非常确信将来要做音乐这件事之前去探索更多音乐相关的事情是非常有益的。学校里的音乐课给了我很多帮助。在Ms. Groves一对一指导过程中，我觉得非常轻松愉快。过去的一年，我学到了很多音乐相关的专业名词，这让我能用更精确的词汇去评论或表达我对音乐的看法。通过学习从巴洛克时期到20世纪的音乐，我了解了很多以前不了解的具有独特风格的音乐家，并开始欣赏他们。
I’ve been playing piano for 11 years. Although I didn't make the decision to start playing piano when I was young, it didn't take long for piano to become an interest that I was willing to spend a lot of time with. I really like the piano as an instrument and also enjoy playing it mainly because of the sound and feeling it can produce. It can sound fleeting and passionate in one moment, and then gritty and powerful in the next. Also, there are few other instruments that have anything close to the range of the piano both tonally and dynamically which allow the piano to express to a greater extent the feelings that the composer wants to express. For example, in the Chopin Ballades and Nocturnes which I really like, the melodic line played on the piano is more like a vocalist telling stories using the voice. On the contrary, in Beethoven's piano sonatas, the piano becomes so strong and powerful. A piano is like a whole orchestra for Beethoven. For example, the top part can be imagined as the oboe playing the main melody, the middle part of the voice can be imagined as two violas playing the accompaniment, and the lower voice represents the double base for example. However, to keep in mind, all of those voices are played on a single instrument, which is the piano. That’s absolutely amazing and also a reason why I enjoy it so much. I haven't decided if I want to pursue piano performance in the future, but I always urge myself to practice a lot in order to achieve a more professional level. It’s such an honor for me to play the amazing works composed by so many prestigious composers in the history. I started to try composing last year, and this is most likely the direction I want to study afterwards. Try to express thoughts through music sounds exciting to me. I applied for NYU Tisch Summer High School Recorded Music this summer and was awarded a place. During the program, I will study how music is recorded, produced, and distributed to consumers, and also learn how music companies are conceptualized, created, and grown as well as how new technologies are changing the way we hear music. The content covered in the NYU program are things that I’ve never learned before but I think it’s always helpful to explore more things in music before I’m pretty sure what I would like to do in music in the future. The music I study in school has really helped me a lot. I had the pleasure to work together one-on-one with Ms. Groves. Over the past year, I have learned a lot of musical terms, which has allowed me to use a more precise vocabulary when analyzing and expressing views on music. By learning the music from Baroque Period to the 20th-century music, I learned a lot about musicians with unique styles that I didn't know much about before and started to appreciate them.
Students will have opportunities to perform on the SDA stage for some regular school events, for example, school opening ceremony, talent show, concert, school graduation ceremony, etc. Besides, the 25th Anniversary of DTD celebration activities will be held in Columbia circle, where students will perform on the big stage at the Columbia club. Stay tuned!