Atribuição do Prémio de “Melhor Professor” do IPM - 2016/2017 Professor Premiado

Luong Kim-Ying, School of Arts

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I feel very much honored to be given the opportunity to speak here. First I would like to thank Macao Polytechnic Institute for this “Teaching Excellence Award”. My thanks also go to the teachers and students of the Music Programme for all their support and encouragement in my teaching, which is exactly what my nomination is meant for.

This Award means a great deal to me. As early as my high school years in Macau, I aspired to become an excellent piano teacher. In the following four decades, I have strived to achieve this goal, by constantly enriching my professional knowledge, enhancing my teaching skills, and conducting research etc. About ten years ago, I started to write about my teaching experiences. So far I have published 4 monographs and more than 10 papers. One of the papers was awarded the “Excellent Paper Award” of the Third Outstanding Achievement Award for Macao Research in Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012. My first monograph, Guides to Technical Studies for the Piano, was published in 2006 and has since undergone nine reprints. Between 2009 and 2012, I served as the Music Programme coordinator, which not only broadened my academic horizons, but also tremendously enriched my experiences in interpersonal communication.

I think the happiest thing in life is making a job out of one’s hobby, and then making a career out of the job. If a teacher can turn his or her hobby into a career, he or she will teach with passion, and passion maximizes performance. During the course “Piano Pedagogy”, I have often stressed that a piano teacher must first be a moral person with adequate expertise; second, he or she must teach according to the different abilities of students and ensure that the curriculum design and assignments are tailored to the needs of individual students; third, he or she must be enthusiastic, caring, patient and fair, willing to help students solve problems, and so on.

Piano lessons are usually conducted on a one-on-one basis. In order to develop students’ ability to learn independently, I have always preferred communication and encouragement over finger-pointing. I often teach students overtime, especially when they are going to take part in a competition or examination. Since late 2015, my students have won a total of 20 awards in piano competitions in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan, as well as in Japan, Italy and Germany. Organizers of different competitions have awarded me five awards in recognition of my teaching.

These awards are certainly a great source of encouragement, but I derive my personal fulfillment mainly from coaching students with average or poor skills in order to help them learn faster and more effectively. I hope that after a few years of training in the Institute, students can significantly enhance their knowledge of music and teaching abilities, and that, upon graduation, they will continue their love for the art of music as they go on to serve the community.

Last but not least, I would like to express my gratitude to the Macao Polytechnic Institute for giving me such a good teaching platform. This award is a recognition of my work. My heart is full of gratitude, and I will further commit myself to teaching to repay what the Institute has done for me.