Interview with the Author
Dai Xiaorong, vice president of Digital Media Art College of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, visited Music Hive recently as the chief experience officer and education advisor, and gave great affirmation to the online class and software functions of the latest version of the app.
“Music Hive is a perfect combination of music education and intelligent technology, which was unimaginable in the past but is an unavoidable trend in the future,” she said.
In addition to using the product, answers were given to parents about traditional offline piano lessons, music initiation, and other related issues.
Professor Dai Xiaorong was interviewed.
Tina is the interviewer.
Art integration and cross-border exchange
Xiaorong Dai is a digital media design professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, with a master’s degree in information technology from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
She is primarily involved in teaching, research, and art practice activities related to digital media, such as virtual interactive technology, digital media planning, and multimedia design.
He founded the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s digital media art program and is the discipline’s leader, presiding over the responsible teaching work.
He has served as the visual director of multimedia design in nearly all stage productions over the years, and has received the Innovation Award of the Ministry of Culture Multimedia Creative Design Excellence Award, as well as funding from the National Art Creation Fund for major projects in consecutive years.
Professor Dai comes from a musical family; his mother was the former director of the Liaoning Opera House, a forerunner in the Chinese opera industry.
Despite growing up in a unique environment with two pianos at home, she did not pursue the traditional path of professional music. In her words, she was forced to learn the piano as a child by her parents and found it very difficult and boring to practice.
Later, she enrolled in the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom to pursue a master’s degree in information technology, and after years of artistic incubation, the door to digital media art was opened for her.
Professor Dai’s passionate pursuit of using modern technological advances to sublimate traditional art and traditional art to inject a richer connotation into modern technology.
This original intention of using technology to empower art coincides with the Music Hive, and has resulted in our inextricably linked relationship with Professor Dai.
Professor’s Interview Xiaorong Dai
Content of the interview
1st Why should music education be centered on children aged 4 to 7?
Professionally speaking, as a music school teacher, learning piano necessitates a qualitative and quantitative accumulation in order to lay the groundwork for a career as a professional performer.
Music education is an educational activity for most children, particularly piano playing, which exercises the coordination of the child’s hands, feet, and brain and is beneficial to the child’s brain development and sympathetic nerve growth.
As a result, musical enlightenment should be pursued before it is too late. If you miss the golden period of 4-7 years old, the effect will be greatly diminished, both in terms of musicality and brain development.
2nd What is the distinction between online piano instruction and traditional piano instruction?
Traditional piano instruction continues to take the form of apprenticeship with a master, with different teaching methods and no unified standard.
Because the quality of the teachers, their educational backgrounds, and teaching experience are not audited, the market’s piano teachers have varying abilities.
There is also a part of the teaching system that may not be suitable for the learning habits of 4-7 year old children, but existing institutions teaching children do not have a complete set of suitable teaching system for children, and in this type of mixed market situation, parents are also unable to judge.
Music Hive has first addressed the issue of the teaching system and teachers. The system developed by so many professional pianists, educators, and child psychologists is the most accurate knowledge output and the most consistent with the age of awareness.
The Music Hive was visited by professors from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
There are also teachers present, all of whom are excellent teachers who have graduated from professional music schools, which provides the most basic guarantee for children’s learning processes.
The other factor is the format of the class; online education, for starters, eliminates the inconveniences of time and space, and because children are becoming more accustomed to screens, online education has become a major trend. Furthermore, AI and AR intelligent technology are being used to make classroom interactions more interesting.
Of course, every teaching method has advantages and disadvantages; for example, when learning piano, I believe the ability to read music is very important; many children feel very bored after playing the piano, not because of fingering problems, but because of a lack of musical knowledge, which can be completely remedied through online learning.
When you have problems with music theory, you can return to the lessons as many times as you need to, and you will not be limited by the traditional lesson time.
Traditional teaching is relatively boring, as my father told me as a child: “learning piano is not very pleasant, it is painful, it is a tedious process of repetition and repetition.”
However, Music Hive’s teaching system is enjoyable and educational, incorporating children’s interests and sense of play into the teaching and allowing children to solve problems through the setting of game levels; in the process, children learn a lot of knowledge, which is the essence of your teaching materials and the most valuable thing.
This is especially important for children aged 4 to 7, because there is no way for parents to force children of this age to sit rigidly on the piano bench; even if they are forced to sit, their hearts will fly out long ago, and parents and teachers will have no control over it.
3rd How can you keep your child’s interest in learning the piano for a long time?
Children are naturally curious and interested in new things, especially interactive instruments like the piano that make sounds, but traditional classroom teaching makes it difficult to maintain children’s interest for an extended period of time.
The first sense of human perception is vision, followed by hearing. Children, especially at this age, are fascinated by visual changes.
Music Hive has created a variety of scenes and animated characters in the course that are extremely colorful and appealing to children’s visuals. It will also encourage children to learn through individual stories, which is very appealing.
You have incorporated many aspects of children’s music education, such as the Orff and Suzuki methods, which help to stimulate children’s interest in learning by stimulating color images and tones in a way that meets their cognitive ability.
Simultaneously, your active teaching method cultivates the good habit of active learning and practicing by allowing children to lead the class step by step to achieve achievement motivation and other ways.
4th What are parents’ responsibilities when their children are enrolled in music lessons, and what role should parents play?
First and foremost, parents must have the right mindset and not be overly utilitarian, because learning the piano can help children develop moral, intellectual, physical, and aesthetic qualities, as well as physical coordination.
As a result, you should not use market examinations as a criterion for your child’s piano learning; sometimes focusing solely on the examinations will interfere with your child’s normal learning progress and process.
Parents can help their children learn, but they should not interfere too much because a comprehensive teaching system has been developed over many years by experts, and all teaching methods and approaches have been scientifically proven.
If you have any questions, you can always consult and communicate with the teacher online, which will be more beneficial to your child’s continued immersion in a positive learning environment.
There are many young parents who are eager to learn alongside their children, and Music Hive will also offer an online music appreciation minor that parents and children can study together.
This will allow parents to learn about Haydn and Mozart as their children enter the world of music. How did Mozart grow up? The story behind the Symphony of Destiny, and so on, all of which can improve music education while also increasing parent-child interaction between parents and children.
5th What tips do you have for improving music appreciation, and how do you tell the difference between pop music and classical music?
In the early stages of music education, you can expose your child to a wide range of musical styles based on his or her interests. There is no such thing as high or low music; only different styles exist, and pop music is only relative to time.
Opera, for example, was popular at the time and has only recently become classical.
And today’s popular music is also music for a specific group of contemporary people, with many of its elements derived from classical music.
So, when selecting repertoire, parents should consider their children’s interests, and can choose relatively pleasant music at a certain stage, such as Richard Klandermann’s music, which belongs to the piano light music in classical music, and is very good and easy to express emotions.
Most good music is appropriate for all ages; however, more listening is also necessary to cultivate the child’s basic aesthetics and to improve overall musical literacy.