Interview with the Author
Benoit Stasiaczyk (Peng Xiaobo), a French musician, recently returned to Music Hive, not only to add his latest midi to his teaching materials, but also to discuss with young piano teachers how to make the new-style class more dynamic and interactive.
Beginning with the distinctions between French and Chinese music education, Mr. Bo shared many experiences and examples of teaching children’s piano, as well as the eagerness of children of all ages to learn from Music Hive’s courses.
The final proof of an unchanging truth in all children’s education: fun is the most powerful motivator for children to learn.
Benoit Stasiaczyk, a French composer, was interviewed.
Tina is the interviewer.
Before I get into the interview, I’d like to introduce you to Benoit Stasiaczyk, the Music Hive’s chief musician.
Benoit is the head of the Department of Modern Instrumental Music at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, as well as a professor and master’s supervisor at the School of Modern Music and Drama. He previously served as the head of the Department of Jazz at the National Conservatory of Music in Metz, France.
He is a French composer who works with the vibraphone, jazz drums, piano, and other instruments.
Benoit regularly composes and performs in a wide range of musical periods, from medieval to contemporary music, in addition to jazz and free improvised music.
Benoit has been commissioned to write for various orchestra ensembles, chamber groups, and symphony orchestras throughout Europe, and has performed in concert halls, theaters, and festivals throughout France, Germany, Argentina, Canada, the United States, Switzerland, and other countries.
As a social benefactor, Benoit is also the Artistic Director of the Rainbow Fusion Art Troupe of Guangzhou Children’s Palace, and has composed the series of works “The Enchanted Little Magic Flute” and “Mommy is Not Lovely” for the troupe, as well as leading the troupe’s students on public service tours in the Children’s Palace of Guangzhou Grand Theatre and in theaters and concert halls throughout the world, which have been well received.
Mr. in 2007 Xiaobo was hired to teach instrumental music at Guangzhou’s Xinghai Conservatory of Music, and he has strong feelings about traditional piano instruction in China.
During his 12 years of teaching in China, he met many children who wanted to improve their professional piano skills, but when he contacted them, he discovered that some of them had passed several grades but couldn’t read music, and others were skilled but knew nothing about music theory.
After gaining an understanding of the situation, he realized that this type of piano education is very common, causing countless children to take numerous detours, and they can only start from scratch and learn the basics all over again.
Mr. Xiaobo believes in making music enjoyable for children, which is why the Music Hive offers an immersive piano class with music theory knowledge illustrated through gamification of score practice.
Benoit Stasiaczyk is interviewed.
Content of the interview
1st Can you tell us how to introduce music to children aged 4 to 7?
Music is a language, and children will be extremely fortunate if they can learn it at a young age. There are many ways and means to learn music skills nowadays, such as online classes and traditional classes to learn music theory, but children are young, and it takes time to learn and consolidate this language.
The first step toward a child’s musical enlightenment is to give him the ability to perceive music. When music resonates with his inner body, he will naturally get a good feeling for playing and will thus be able to be good at it.
2nd How is Music Hive’s music enlightenment and piano lessons for 5-7 year olds designed?
Music Hive allows children to discover music on their own. The most appealing aspect of the Music Hive program is that the child leads the class, instilling a strong desire to learn about active learning.
Music is a language, and the sooner a child is exposed to and learns it, the easier it is to digest and thus learn to accept and use it.
The most important thing to learn at the level of imitation is to learn to listen and then reproduce it. So listening to music is essential for this level of imitation, but it is not as simple as it appears; you must have a keen sense of hearing and know how to listen. We also need theoretical concepts and, of course, the ability to reproduce aural understanding. The student must also be aware of how he or she plays, as well as how to experience music and correct himself or herself while learning. Of course, there is a basic course in music theory when learning to play the piano, but for children aged 6 to 6, theoretical concepts should be presented to them in a playful manner, which is the original intention of the Music Hive App design, so that children can learn music while having fun.
3rd Why did you choose this age group for Music Hive’s music enlightenment courses for children aged 4-7 years old?
Music education is obviously two very different issues for children under the age of four and children under the age of seven. 7-year-olds have better reading and comprehension skills and can better understand what their teachers ask of them because they are ready to learn in school and have developed some of their personal concepts.
Music learning, on the other hand, should be a process of play and discovery for children aged 4 to 7. We will gradually upgrade the different educational philosophies to accommodate the different ages as they learn at Music Hive over time and as the children grow older.
4th Please describe the differences you see between Chinese and Western quality music education, as well as the changes you believe Music Hive has brought about.
We can learn music anywhere because music is universal. The biggest difference between French and Chinese music learning, in my opinion, is that French children learn at a very young age in an already complete system.
While China has many great musicians, there is a scarcity of great children’s music teachers. So, using the Music Hive App, we can almost entirely solve this problem. A child’s basic education serves as the foundation for the development of many of the abilities that will follow.
A good teacher and a solid basic education provide a child with knowledge that he or she will never forget. I believe that too many musicians overlook this and become preoccupied with learning to play overly complex and difficult music before they can truly enjoy themselves, when the most important prerequisite for learning music is that we have fun.
Music education in France is designed to allow as many people as possible to enjoy and learn about music. Most schools teach for listeners, music lovers, and so on, rather than for professionals. This program also applies to the youngest generations, so that children as young as five years old, seven years old, ten years old, and even older are taught appropriate lessons, and teachers are appropriately qualified.
I believe we are making progress in primary music education, but there is still room for improvement. The truth is that many teachers of children are not yet enthusiastic enough to introduce children to the wonders of music and guide them in their exploration. We should be doing more than just learning note theory and listening to music.
In France, we are concerned about the beginnings of education, with the goal of making music learning a pleasure rather than a chore or a constraint. Even if you set high standards for daily practice, you can’t give up simple pleasures.
This necessitates the development of a program for children as well as a relative faculty, rather than just professional musicians or people who work hard enough to do it.
The most important thing for individuals to be able to listen to and appreciate the beauty of living in music, rather than starting at a high level, is to be able to listen and appreciate the beauty of living in music.
How do you see Music Hive as a solution for music education as a musician who has been working on music education since joining Music Hive?
The quality of the Music Hive app impressed me, and I think it’s a great challenge to gamify the way music and technology are combined for learning.
Because it’s not just about learning; it’s also about meeting game requirements. It’s an entirely new way of learning, having fun, and making new friends, all while having a professional music teacher accompany the child and provide guidance and advice to help them progress.
The important thing is that this music program provides not only knowledge but also a method of learning. The child must repeatedly practice the same piece, ostensibly at a standstill but actually gradually.
In addition to the traditional method of learning in a comprehensive system, the child learns in a fun manner, which is the goal of Music Hive.
I dare to say that this is the first app I’ve seen that truly presents a professional teacher and the latest technology and truly teaches, which is great because baby always has his friend Boffy the bee with him and a professional teacher to guide him, so he’s happy to listen and learn.
Furthermore, Music Hive has an extraordinary charm that can make children truly love music; it can tell a story to begin a journey for children, which is the fundamental principle of learning music. The product meets both of these criteria, and I believe it is an excellent way to learn.