2014 Summer Holiday Social Practice Report
- 4 class of 2013 grade research in "YunShuiYao"
On June 17 2014 morning, the members reported to the seaside restaurant at the entrance early and then embarked on a journey of YunShuiYao summerHoliday social practice.
At noon, after three hours of road trip, the team finally arrived at the Nanjing of Zhangzhou city YunShuiYao. Arrived at the destination, the members are attracted by the beautiful scenery of the city.
We began the research trip. According to the distribution of the main attractions, teams were divided into three groups, each group led by their team leader, respectively in Huaiyuan building, GuiLou and yunshuiyao ancient plank road. The local natural scenery and ancient human blend well witheach other, students feel the natural environment at the same time digging behind this long history and deep cultural value of science.
Founded in Nanjing in the middle of the earth, thousands of attitude, the two groups were investigated with the most representative "the best in all the land and GuiLou and Double Round Earthen HuaiYuan building, know the origin of the name, historical and cultural value and construction principle of the two treasures of the survey also have a unique style, living in residents of the age structure, its life is the source of economic" down to earth "s information. In addition to earth, "the knot" movie shooting locations -- quiet long road, a hundred years old banyan are local attractions, another group with ecological environment yunshuiyao ancient history as a starting point, to investigate the local residents of water sources, living environment. Local residents warm rustic, students get a lot of useful information during the visit, it is worth mentioning that the members also interviewed a old man who served President Xi's visit, old man not only carefully explained, also offered nice songs.
In the evening , the members return to the hotel, began a group of research information to share and sum up. After dinner, everyone gathered in the room on the first floor began to play the game. The next day, members of tour scenery in yunshuiyao, collecting the data.
Most of this activity is to study and practice in class 4 as the main body of the students in class 4, this is the last time before placement as a large set of travel, the significance is self-evident. Detached scenery, unique folk customs, leaving a profound human resources. Every one with full load is not material, but cultural emotion and spirit.
The Actual Record of the First Annual International Music Festival of Xiamen University (II)
- Julian Jacobson and Daniel Epstein Masterclasses
The masterclasses held in the first annual international music festival of Xiamen University came to the third and fourth sessions of which directed by Royal Conservatory of Music Professor Jacobson and Manhattan Conservatory Professor Epstein, whose teaching of contemporary piano repertoires has attracted a good turnout.
Professor Jacobson is one of the most innovating and invigorating pianists in UK, whose performance is known to specialized in colorful texture and insightful interpretation on vast repertoire spanning. The masterclass given by Professor Jacobson covered pieces of Beethoven sonatas Op.10 No.1 and Op.31 No.3, to which Dr. Jacobson expressed the importance of Beethoven's original writing, which are ought to be followed scrupulously. In addition, Dr. Jacobson reminded the audiences that Beethoven's music style varied according to different period of his life, thus, it is required to play with much imagination from the pianists. During the lecture, Beethoven sonata Op.31 No.3 was compared with Haydn's Op.49 sonata for being the humorous side of Beethoven's character and opera buffa. The interrelationships of two pieces fortified the ways of interpretation in Classical era music.
Professor Epstein of Manhattan Conservatory and Rutgers College is a world acclaimed pianist and scholar, who specialized in repertoires of Impressionistic and 20th century music including Barber and Kapustin. His expressed: " It is imperative for us (modern musicians) to have our unique style of playing, in order to standout from the rest. It makes important to understand the score in every detail, such as the structure, harmony, texture...etc. These points aforementioned require deep concentration when practicing."
To summarize the teachings of the masterclasses by Dr. Jacobson and Epstein, we are able to conclude that scrupulous reading and deep understanding of the score are significant. From the technique point of view, we ought to be aware of articulation, phrasing and dynamic contrasts. Last but not least is the instinct of the pianist to the composers' intention.
Professor LiMing's Platform
í¬the Relations Between Piano Teaching Technology Factors and Intensity Factors
July 4, afternoon, Prof. Li, chairperson of Department of Piano at the China Music College, presided over a distinctive platform relating to teaching technology, which was totally different from the previous master classes and seminars during this occasion. His lecture emphasized on the proper methods to solve the problems of teaching and learning process through his humorous way, bringing students a hilarious and dynamic atmosphere.
Prof. Li firstly mentioned that technology factors and intensity factors were different concepts. The former one consisted of six factorsí¬play, strut, articulation, wave, control, and pattern, which implied the same piano performance skills. Given that play means consecutive and flexible play; articulation means to hit keys by various speeds, angles, and positions; pattern means various fingertip gestures and postures. All of these sound easy but they need long-term reassessment and digestion of theory and practice.
Prof. Li, soon after, brought about intensity factors, which were not obstruction to piano performance. They contained strength, velocity, endurance, stability, accuracy, and certainty. Stability means to play the piano stably and firmly with these factors and accuracy means to pay heed on each note while playing. Based on his long period of teaching experience, he found that few teachers in comprehensive colleges lacked of strength training or good lesson preparation. And students needed to find their upsides and downsides of playing the piano while learning.
The Actual Record of First Annual International Music Festival of Xiamen University (IV)
- Professor Hiroko Fukui, Anthony John Thwaites and Tassilo Kaiser Masterclasses
July 4, 2014 of Xiamen University College of Arts welcomes Professor Fukui from Berlin School of Music who gave wonderful lessons on pieces of Liszt "La Campanella", "Rigoletto"and Schubert's sonata Op.120. In regard to the performance techniques of these pieces, Prof. Fukui stressed on the importance of Schubert's lyricism, to which pianists ought to practice with singing and playing coordination. In regard to Liszt's "La Campanella", her remarks was intriguing as she mentioned that students should not be led with teacher's doctrine but to think with his/her intelligence.
The masterclass in the afternoon was directed by Prof. Thwaites from Birmingham Conservatory, whose humorous teaching style has attracted many students of Xiamen University. Prof. Thwaites worked on pieces "Mazeppa"by Liszt and "Aborado del gracioso" by Ravel, which are considered technical challenged. From his teaching we have learned that dynamic contrasts outweighs loudness, therefore; it is important to understand the structure and peak of a piece with sensitive artist instinct. Pieces by Ravel requires refine rhythmic control, because Ravel's delicacy in music comes from his hobby for mechanical Swiss watch.
The violin masterclass by Mr. Tassillo Kaiser have attracted good turnout in the small concert hall. Mr. Kaiser is the director of Da Ponte Berlin ensemble, and member of Trio-Palmano Trio, Berlin Billorth and Accordov Quartet.
Venera Bojkova's Piano Concert at Xiamen University
Bulgarian pianist Verna Bojkova made a wildly anticipated appearance at the Science Arts Center of Xiamen University to a sold out crowd on July 4, 2014. Ms. Bojkova immigrated to Britain in 1993 and post a teaching position in New Castle University. Being a successful pianist and harpist, she is active in performance and recording across the world.
On the first half of the program, Bojkova gave a a nearly flawless account of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. Her interpretation on Beethoven seemed to be sentimental in comparison to her showy bravura gesture on Liszt's Petrarch Sonnet and refined control on Chopin's Scherzo, which yields a golden tone.
On the second half of the program, Ms. Bojkova dazzle the audiences with her buoyant and virtuoso playing on Schumann, Debussy and contemporary piece by Brown, who was born in 1954. Brown's An Pek's Favorite Nanyin is based on Chinese Nanyin tonality gives a sophisticated and mellow touch to the finale of the concert.