Public Speaking and the Arts

You might think of p123ublic speaking as something that only politicians can do especially when you see them on television seemingly talking with each other about various things. If you are a big observer, you have probably realized that there are some people who are naturally good at public speaking. This means that they are able to become articulate in speaking, say what is on their minds and at the same time, remain relatable.

Not all people are gifted in public speaking. More often than not, people clam up when it is their time to speak. Some people end up with having a dry mouth and a blank mind. They usually cannot remember what they ought to say. The fact that you are reading this right now means that you are interested in Singapore public speaking and you would like to learn more on how you can do it from Benjamin Loh.

If you would check out some of the articles about public speaking, there are usually so many rules that people are required to follow but think about it, if you would like to follow the rules, don’t you think that these rules will make you more nervous than ever? There is even a danger that you will sound robotic and unnatural. There is a chance that you will not get the type of response that you are expecting to get.

You have to remember that public speaking is an art. When you think about art, what do you usually think about? Art is usually something that comes naturally to artists. Artists usually work without stopping because they are inspired to do what they feel they would like to portray.

This is the same with public speaking. You should know what you are supposed to say and you just have to make sure that you will be yourself. More often than not, when you are more natural, more people will find you more personable and undoubtedly, easier to relate to than other personalities who come off too strong for their liking.

You can get presentation skills when you do public speaking. Here are some of the tips that you have to follow to make sure that you understand that public speaking is an art:

  • Find Your Own Voice – You have to make sure that you know what you are talking about. Even if you know a lot of high fallutin words and you know how to use them, they will not make sense if you are not sure about what you are talking about.
  • Be Authoritative Yet Human – You have to make sure that you will be able to say what is on your mind and let other people understand why you feel so strongly about the topic but at the same time, show them that you are just like them so that they will understand your cause and what you are aiming for.
  • Be Authentic – You should not pretend to be someone else. Even if you have watched someone who has done public speaking and you admire how he/she did it, you have to remember that you have your own style and in the end, it is your own style that will matter the most.

Public speaking is an art that people seem to forget about at times but with the help of Professional Coach Benjamin Loh, it will be easier to do all the things mentioned above.

Here is a video about public speaking:

It refines discipline and patience.

Learning an instrument trains your children about delayed gratification. The violin, for instance, has quite a steep learning curve. Before you can make a single sound, you must first learn how to hold the violin, how to hold the bow, and where to place your feet.

Playing an instrument teaches your children to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals, such as performing with a band or memorizing a solo piece.

Furthermore, group lessons, in which students learn to play the same instruments in an ensemble, also improve patience, as children must wait their turn to play individually. And in waiting for their turns and listening to their classmates play, kids learn to show their peers respect, to sit still and be quiet for designated periods of time, and to be attentive.

It cultivates social skills.

Music lessons in group setting also encourage your children for team work which in turn helps developing their social skills, a crucial skillset to have in society. Group lessons actually require peer interaction and communication, which encourage teamwork, as your children must collaborate to create a crescendo or an accelerando. If a player is playing too loudly or speeding up too quickly, he will need to adjust.

It’s important for children to know and understand their individual part in a larger ensemble, Alvin says. Strings Singapore offers general violin and cello music education classes, in which teachers will group the students into groups and assign each child a role in the strings ensemble.

suzuki violin teacher

Which Music Lesson Should I Choose?

After knowing the benefits of picking up an instrument for your children, I believe your mind have another question, so which music lesson should I choose?

Ultimately, the instrument you and your child choose should depend on a number of factors. Here’s a list of questions to consider before bringing home a new music maker:

  • Is your child excited about the instrument? Does she like the way it sounds and feels?
  • Is the instrument too challenging or is it not challenging enough (for both you and your child)?
  • Can you afford the instrument and the maintenance that comes with it?
  • As a parent, do you like the sound enough to listen to your child practice it for hours at home?
  • Is your child specifically interested in a particular music style?
  • Does your child’s temperament match the instrument?

While there are no one quick way to determine which instruments is the best for your kids, but many music teachers do agree that it’s hard to go wrong with the piano, percussion, guitar, or violin. Feel free to let Newingtons know your thoughts!

Are you inspired by The Piano Guys, that you want to learn how to play the piano?

The Piano Guys are awesome. If you don’t know who they are, then I think you haven’t use the internet for a long long time. Just like Lindsey Stirling, they are famous musicians who gained their fame from YouTube. Nah, they are not people who come up with funny pranks or speak nonsense and get their fame from there.

They are true musicians who bring music to wherever they go!

piano guys

After watching The Piano Guys concert, there’s a feeling that many people are going to be inspired to learn the piano. Even adults who have stopped learning the piano when they are young, suddenly want to pick up piano again! If The Piano Guys are not enough to inspire you to pick up piano again, here’s are some benefits why you should learn piano again!

First, people who can play musical instruments are remarkable. They can create beautiful melodies and rhythms that are music to our ears. Music, according to Confucius, a Chinese philosopher, produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. It can give us comfort, motivation and even spirit.

The feeling of listening to music and the feeling of playing the music doesn’t have much of a difference. But there are some things that you can benefit out of playing that you cannot obtain through listening.

One of the most popular musical instruments I know is the piano and I have known a lot of benefits that you can obtain out of playing it. This includes the enhancement of brain functions, the boost of self-esteem, the betterment of one’s social skills and the benefit of having a private emotional outlet.

Researchers say that playing piano have a huge impact to our brain. Therefore, it develop coordination in both mind and muscles that improved one’s hand-eye coordination and allows the full use of both left and right side of the brain. Playing piano or playing any other musical instruments just have the same benefits.

According to an article of from the Telegraph online magazine, “New research suggests that regularly playing an instrument changes the shape and power of the brain and maybe used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.” You can watch the video below to have a deeper and more scientific explanation of what I am saying.

TED Talk on playing an instrument: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng&spfreload=10

Playing piano also boosts our self-esteem. As humans it is important for us to have a healthy and positive self-esteem because this gives us courage to try new things and the power to believe in ourselves.

We can boost our self-esteem by playing the piano in such a way that it makes us feel satisfied and proud of ourselves that we can make other people happy by producing good music.Self-esteem and social skills are just interconnected. The more we are confident with ourselves, the more it is to have confidence to socialize with other people. By playing piano, we can also join bands and orchestras. This way we can gain more friends and establish a lifelong friendship.

Lastly, playing piano can provide you a private emotional outlet. Sometimes, we can feel sad and lonely and talking about it with our friends won’t comfort us. So, we just have to seat right next to the piano and start to play music about what we feel. Like what my friend Joshua said “When nothing else soothes, sitting at the piano and letting my fingers express the intensity of my wordless emotion heals my heart and mind.”

Letting our feelings out is healthy. It helps us cope up with our daily problems and different issues in life. So, if you do know how to play the piano and you only see it as one of your hobbies think about these benefits. You should realize and remind yourself that you have more great reasons to play.

If you are keen to take a step to learn the piano, then this is probably the right time. You can find good piano teachers in Singapore quite easily using online. You can send in your request to tell the teachers what you want to learn, and how you want to progress. Because as you can see, learning an instrument brings you more benefits and adds more to your life!

Alright, go start now, and let’s have a great music journey together!

 

What’s so great about Lindsey Stirling?

If you don’t know who Lindsey Stirling these days, people will look at you and say “Do you know what YouTube is?”

lindsey-stirlingIt is now the time where people can get famous on YouTube, shooting videos, doing talk shows, and of course, record music covers! This is how Lindsey Stirling got her breakthrough in music. She was just a typical violinist and can play fantastic tunes. However, she is just normal. As we know in art, normal is never good. If you want to be good, you have to stand out.

And that’s how she stood out! She is not just a violinist. She can dance, while playing the violin! Yes, I repeat, she can DANCE while holding the violin, and PLAYING the song out! Now, that’s what I can say is great about her. And this is how she charmed her audience world wide with her dance steps and beautiful music, on stage, and on YouTube records.

If you haven’t watched any of her videos, then you must. Now, this is free on her YouTube. (Warning: Once you start, you can’t stop!)

Lindsey’s videos have hit records after records, and she has millions of subscribers now on her YouTube channel.

Lindsey also came to Australia for her concert, and without surprise, her concert is full house. I didn’t know there are so many of her fans in Australia alone. I’m one of her fans, but I just watched all her videos on YouTube, and that’s all. I didn’t even know any of my other friends who enjoys her video.

(She’s coming back to Australia again!)

If there’s something that I like about Lindsey, is her hardwork and perseverance. And this is important to us artists who want to make it in the big scene. When she was kicked out of America Got Talent, people laugh at her, her judges laugh at her and said she will hardly make it, as not everyone will enjoy her style of music.

But guess these judges were wrong. The public bought it. I bought it.

What can Lindsey teach us artists?

1. Audience is the judge

Art is very subjective. One person may say she is amazed by your fantastic dance, but another person may say you are doing the wrong way. So who is right? The only way we know, is by the response we get from our audience. One judge’s comment doesn’t ascertain our performance. Afterall, we don’t just perform for one person. We perform for people who want to see us perform, and we do a great performance for them.

2. Be creative

As we progress in our dance performance, we have to branch out of the traditional way of doing things. Just like Lindsey, no body believes one can move around playing the violin. Because if you attend orchestral performance, musicians always stay in one place – they sit down, and don’t even stand up until the performance is over!

3. Don’t give up! 

If you are in our sphere long enough, you will receive lots of praises, but also lots of criticism. Nothing is sweet here. People may just slam your performance for nothing. You can let their comments drown you down, or you can pick yourself up, learn from the comments, and become better. Lindsey become better and prove the judges wrong. We artists should do the same!

Let me end off this post with this short clip, on the Rise of Lindsey Stirling.

Cool Artistic Furniture That You Want For Your Office!

Today, let’s stray a little bit out of our usual art topics. Nah, we are not shifting the focus on our blog. It just so happen that I chanced upon this article on Bored Panda about super cool offices.

At first when I read the headline, I thought, how much coolness can you give to an office, other than the world famous Google office? However, I was wrong! I was really amazed by some of the other offices in the world! Forget about just the design. Some of the office furniture, tables, chairs are simply too ‘cool’. If you are a new-gen guy like me, you will be blown away too.

Let’s enjoy some of the offices.

Google. (Who else?)

google

 

google office

Invention Land Design Factory

invention-land-design-factory-office invention-land-design-factory

Dropbox

dropbox
dropbox-office

Are these offices considered art and design?

You see, we have never worked in such cool offices before. If you want to compare it to my own art college, I can say we can compete the layout, design, art work, cool furniture with them. But that doesn’t matter. What it amazes me is that you don’t have to be an art college to have artistic workplace!

Hold on, there are more cool furniture that you must see. If you must, get them for your office! What about us people here who have a plan to start a drama or theatre company in the near future? Sure, we may want to have these cool chairs in our office too, since we are ‘artist’ too!

You see how they move the table away to create space, and slot it back so that you can have your dining table back? Look at how they ‘modify’ the chair into something that you can do without, but when you need it, you just need to flip it up?

There are many more really cool stuffs out there (other than our own stage) that we should explore and see how much we miss out in the world. Overall art is not just about ‘watching a musical or a play’. It can be part of our daily lives, on how we apply them to live better, stay comfortable, and be like these cool offices, impress people.

Meanwhile, if you are keen to check out cool furniture, you can visit the facebook page on Office Furniture here!

The Value of Art

theatre-art

The culture of any place is highly influenced by the art form practiced in the area. Art can be of any form; Painting, Music, Dance or Theater. Though art is an integral part of our everyday life, it is not easy to appreciate it enough.

You must learn to recognize the quality work. Not everyone can understand the beauty. You need to spend time listening to music, watching drama, visiting art galleries, going to opera shows to start enjoying it deeply.

You should also choose any form of art which appeals you most and start practicing it. Some people see it as a waste of time thinking that it has no benefit at all. But, such people are simply ignorant about the benefits behind appreciating and practicing art.

They should learn more about it. It does not matter whether you indulge in art as an artist or an art lover, both are equally enchanting. Make it your hobby. The more you indulge in your hobby, the less you think about worries
in your life. Appreciating art is similar to falling in love with someone. It makes you happier.

It makes you feel good. We all know, a happy heart resides in a healthy body. So, isn’t it a miracle that you can be healthier just by looking at great art like those of Picasso, Leonardo Da Vinci, Von Gogh etc.. Art appreciation is in fact a well-established way of healing. Watching and/ or participating in theater is
another way to nourish your mind and soul.

The world is full of imposing and beautiful theatres.

The Seebühne (floating stage) juts into the Austrian waters of Lake Constance, and is the most dramatic setting for performances at the Bregenz Festival.

floating-stage

Venice’s La Fenice theatre staged world premieres of operas by Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi.

The Fox Theatre, Detroit, uses a blend of African and Asian motifs – called as “Cambodian Gothic”

The futuristic, curvaceous Guangzhou Opera House in southern China simply stands out. What can you use to describe this magnificent stage you see below?

gz-opera-house

Cornwall’s Minack Theatre was constructed at the end of a garden in Porthcurno to stage productions put on by local players

The Winter Garden is one of the last remaining stacked Edwardian theatres, constructed seven storeys above the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, Canada

Sydney’s Opera House visible from the ocean as well as from the bridges, it is one of the most iconic opera houses of the modern age.

And this is Dream Theatre from Boston Opera House:

There are many more such alluring and magnificent theatres in the world. All these countries represent different continents but they all have one thing in common; the love for art.

There cannot be a better way than a good opera show to relax yourself, to get rid of all the negative energy. Enjoy a really good
show and feel the difference in your life.