Technology

In the modern world of digital technology, I believe that it is important for the young developing artists of the 21st century to integrate currently available technological resources in their learning processes. Knowing how to use these resources creatively can enhance the learning experience and facilitate progress of the piano student. Current and convenient tools are used to implement our piano lessons.

Video Recording: Sony Cybershot M1 Hybrid camera to capture important aspects of our piano lessons to enhance feedback during the lesson and to enable review at the student's home. The mp4 files can be played on the computer (Apple Quicktime). We can open two screens simultaneously (side by side viewing) to compare the student's performance in the current session with previous sessions to gauge improvement. These videos are also uploaded to my website, where students can download them at their computers. The portability of this hybrid camera also enables me to bring it to off site venues (in piano competitions, concerts, masterclasses, seminars, talks, etc) for recordings. My younger students love the M1, and they also learn to be the "camera man", taking responsibility to video record the the last 5 minutes of our lesson, which I usually summarize all the contents in video.

Audio Recording: Sony ICD-MS515 Digital IC Recorder. The entire lesson (especially for Piano Pedagogy and Viva Voce lessons) will be recorded. Students will have access to the files for review.

Students are required to bring a USB Flash Drive (minimal 2GB) for downloading of videos and audio files recorded during our lessons.

Laptop computers: These recording devices are all compatible with the two frequently used computers - the Toshiba Satellite and and Toshiba Qosmio laptop computer both with 17 inch monitors (currently equipped with 2G RAM and a 60G 7200 rpm hard drive) and a 160G backup drive. As a third computer, a Toshiba Qosmio and a 300G backup drive further facilitates portability of recording, and data processing.

RECORDING & REVIEW OF MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

Students can have access to high fidelity recordings of their performances, so that they can not only monitor the quality of their performances, CD recordings can be made for auditions and archival purposes.

Hard disk recorder: The Tascam DP-01FX multi-track hard disk recorder is a handy studio tool for high quality audio recordings.

Mixer: The Behringer Euroack UB1002 mixer with ultra low noise design, as a portable and convenient device in my piano studio.

Microphone: My studio is equipped with an Optimus Omnidirectional Boundary Microphone (which has been professionally modified), as well as a Sony Professional condenser microphone.

Software: Students also learn to edit their performances using the Adobe Audition and Nero audio editing software. The audio editing software also enables students to observe the wave forms of their own performances on the computer, so that they can visually correlate performance parameters with their playing.

Students are encouraged to bring a USB Flash Drive (minimal capacity of 1GB) for downloading of videos and audio files recorded during our lessons.

Portable Digital Recorder: Roland EDIROL R-09 Professional Mobile Recorder

This newly acquired device offers pristine recording quality at 24-bit/48kHz (or 44.1kHz). It is easy to use, and files can easily be transferred to the computer to be edited and mailed to students.

Video Camera - Sony DC 109: Although the camera is somewhat outdated, I still use this device regularly to record concerts and performances, as well as help students prepare audition videos. Recordings will then be transferred to DVD using the Sony DVD recorder RDRHX900.

LCD Video Display - Sharp Aquos 20 inch: This monitor / TV provides crisp video for viewing our performances and video recordings.