NAISer故事 |众人认为的“3分钟热度”,成就了我走进约翰霍普金斯的梦想

2020-06-01

 

 

艺术的真正意义在于使人幸福,

使人得到鼓舞和力量。--海顿

 

 

NAISer故事

 
 


本期NAISer的主角是诺美首届毕业学子,获得了约翰霍普金斯大学(皮博迪音乐学院)的林同学和我们分享自己关于音乐的故事。

 

 

1

 

与音乐的结缘

——生命的感受方式

 

在真正的音乐中,充满了一千种心灵的感受,比言词更好得多。

 

喜欢音乐其实已经是很长一段时间,可以说是从初中开始就喜欢了。但是真正带我走进音乐的是我来到诺美后认识了一群志同道合的老师和朋友们。其中一位就是Alfred,他是我们Rebuild Abstraction的乐队队长,也是他带我开始真正的了解什么是音乐,什么是摇滚,什么是乐队,可以说是我在音乐中启蒙时的半个老师。我和Alfred刚开始认识的时候Rebuild Abstraction还没有成立,但当时的我们会每天在一起讨论要写什么样的歌,要组一个什么样的乐队,在这个过程中我们也经历了很多质疑和困难,直到12年级初我们才算真正拥有了自己的乐队,是他带给了我一个乐队梦,让我体验到一群人一起玩音乐时是多开心和幸福。

 

 

说起创作,要从我的第一首乐队歌New World,其创作背景源于当时受到了许多质疑和反对的声音,父母觉得我是三分钟热度,老师觉得我不好好学习,同学觉得我音乐半吊子。当时的自己非常崩溃又特别想要去证明自己,在这个宣泄的过程中写出了这一首歌。

对于创作,我觉得他是另一种情绪的诠释,正如我最近在为合唱团写的艺术歌曲Breath,这首曲子灵感来源于一次晚自习放学,记得当时已经很晚了,在路上走着走着我看见了一幅优美的景色:城市的路灯照射出夜晚的宁静,冬季的雾气增添了一股朦胧的气息。当时那个画面深深的吸引了我并震撼到我。周围一个人也没有,只能听见远处汽车的油门声和上空飞机降落的噪音。寒冷刺激着我的大脑,可是路灯的光芒却又温暖了我的内心。虽然很矛盾,但是在那一刻我却感受到了自己作为一个有温度的生命而存在于冬天,而生命存在的其中一种方式是呼吸。我想把当时那个情景记录下来,但是不会绘画,不会摄影,我就用音乐把它记录下来。那个时候路灯的光芒,让我想到了舞台的聚光灯,而合唱也是作为感受生命的一种方式。当人的呼吸从鼻腔出流动,他人的感官接受,就是生命活动的最好证明。

等下一个诺美音乐会来临,我会把它修改的更好,作为送给诺美合唱团的春季礼物。

NAISer故事

 

 
 

 

2

 

与诺美学校的结缘

——施展才华的舞台

 

音乐是一个很主观的东西,总有人喜欢你的音乐,也总有人不喜欢,但是我们总需要用平静的心去对待。

 

我初中是在体制内读书,当时很多同学要来诺美,自己也怀着好奇的心态来学校参观,当时觉得硬件设施挺棒的,然后就定下来了。诺美学校不仅关注学生的成绩同时也注重学生的特长发展。当时我妈也觉得这有空间能让我施展才华,其实在当时对音乐还毫无专业性发展的我来说并不理解,但随着在诺美时间的成长后,我更能理解了妈妈的选择,更是感谢诺美学校给我提供的优质资源支持。

 

 

3年来,从我G10来的诺美,音乐会给了我深刻的影响,学校与学生都花了跟多精力去筹备,和同学们的合每一次都很开心,学校给了我无限的舞台去成长和绽放,让我有机会可以在一次一次的舞台中去积累经验,在一次一次与老师的沟通中去理解音乐的真谛,其中对我音乐影响最大的应该是Mamedov博士(诺美音乐老师),如果没有他,我也不确定还会不会选择音乐专业。从实际的角度讲,他算是对我的音乐知识和素质进行了全方面的教导。他是一个知识渊博的人,是我所敬佩的人,他能从理论,演奏,文学,科技,不同的角度深入去分析融合,让音乐更有层次和内涵。很感恩Mamedov博士在我的音乐成长中一直和我说,音乐是一个很主观的东西,总有人喜欢你的音乐,也总有人不喜欢,但是我们总需要用平静的心去对待。所以让我在这个音乐路上可以全身心的做我自己,做我喜欢的音乐,让我成为独一无二的自己,我想这也是约翰霍普金斯这样优秀的院校所看重的品质。

 

 

其实很多曲子是在诺美的生活经历下创作出来的古典和流行都有,有些校内演过,有些校外演过。目前我也在为毕业准备新的曲子,来为在诺美三年美好的高中生活画下圆满的句号。

NAISer故事

 

 

 

3

 

与约翰霍普金斯大学结缘

——梦想的道路上不能怂

 

虽然不知道未来的路会怎么样,但是坚信自己会创作不停,作曲至死。

 

其实拿到约翰斯霍普金斯大学皮博迪音乐学院的offer时我非常的惊讶,觉得挺不可思议的。因为约翰霍普金斯是个顶级大学,也是我的梦想。有个特别有意思的是在我九年级的发生过,当时我挺迷茫的,也不知道未来要干什么,我就问他们对我有什么目标,因为我的父母也不是“ambitious parents”的那种,他们希望我可以快乐的成长就是最大的目标,但是对于当时迷茫的我来说更加迷茫。因为妈妈知道我喜欢音乐,她从其他地方知道这所约翰霍普金斯大学的音乐非常好,但是就和我说要不你以后就去这里读书吧,当年以为只是个玩笑,但是却在我心里种下了这个目标。最后经过自己的努力竟然真的进入了梦校,是一件很amazing的事情。

 

 

追寻音乐或者自己梦想的道路,我认为首先得敢想,确定自己的目标,然后认定了就不能怂。其实并没有很清楚自己未来要做什么,以前一直以为只要能写曲子,叙说自己的故事,表达自己的情感,如果能传递给他人就很棒了。但是随着年龄阅历的增长,我更加会明确自己的方向,于我而言,音乐是人生的梦想,也将会是职业的发展。虽然不知道未来的路会怎么样,但是坚信自己会创作不停,作曲至死。

NAISer故事

 

 

 

 

Mamedov博士眼中的林珩:

 

 

1

What is your impression of Anthony Lin?

 

I believe Anthony is goal-oriented, well-organized, highly motivated, and always works hard to expand his musical expertise and knowledge in and out of the classroom. Anthony does well in approaching new academic and creative tasks and strives to obtain an all-inclusive music education.

 

2

What is his attitude towards music?

 

Anthony is a type of student who lives and breathes music and will do so effectively for a living in the future. He is a rising composer, whose critical thinking skills and career-long habits of self-motivated learning will bring him a plethora of success in the world of music education and music composition.

 

3

What impressed you most about him?

 

There are many unique traits to Anthony’s musical studies that I, and many others in the field of music, find impressive. First, he has a vast knowledge of music as a performative and an academic field of study and excels at critical discussions of current musicological and theoretical trends of modern-day research, as well as performance practice traditions of Western classical and American popular music. Second, he has a great understanding of music philosophy and the subjective nature of music as a speculative phenomenon. He has already started establishing unique viewpoints of holistic music education processes previously not seen in academia, something that led to his research accepted to an international 2020 Working in Music Conference. Third, he does well to understand and adapt to conducting under a variety of performative circumstances. His musical interpretation is beyond the typical capabilities of an eighteen-year-old student. Finally, what I think is most impressive, is the fact that he already established his own compositional style. His compositional portfolio is remarkable and was of much interest to the music composition faculty of Johns Hopkins University.

 

4

How did you help him along the way?

 

As a music teacher at the NAIS, my goal is to provide all students with holistic music education – a student-centered learning process for music-making, which creates an equal balance between content-specific academic and performative disciplines. Through the four semesters at NAIS, I taught college-equivalent courses, which include AP Music Theory, Honors Music History I: Western Classical Music, Honors Music History II: American Popular Music, and Research Methods in Music, in addition to college-preparatory courses, which include Music Appreciation I, II, and Music Technology. I also direct the NAIS instrumental ensemble and choir. Anthony has been a part of all of this. Anthony, along with other students who actively pursue music, whether as a profession or an elective, can carve out their musical future at the NAIS and beyond.

 

5

What preparations have been made 

before the application?

 

Due to the competitive nature of highly-selective institutions, my goal was to build Anthony’s music credentials around his interests through professional development opportunities, performance experiences, practical work pursuits in the fields of music theory and composition, and extracurricular activities. Speaking from the perspective of education, Anthony took a total of nine content-specific courses that I taught at the school. He has also completed a HarvardX program titled “First Nights: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the 19th Century Orchestra” and finished his first music theory college course, titled “Getting Inside Harmony”. He is on the path to complete the Certificate of Advanced Music Studies, after a successful examination in music theory and history, which he will take in May of this year. In terms of music performance, Anthony had numerous opportunities to play, sing, and conduct at the NAIS music concerts. We had a total of eight concerts, and Anthony was an integral part of all the performances. He served as a soloist, accompanist, and an ensemble member. More importantly, he conducted the NAIS instrumental ensemble and choir, both separately and collaboratively. Through the music-related events at the NAIS, Anthony conducted classical, traditional, and popular music. He additionally received third place at the Shanghai 9th International Arts Festival. Practical work in music theory and composition included his duties as a composer assistant, where he helped me arrange music for NAIS high school instrumental ensemble and choir, transcribe music for the NAIS band, and assist with creating original music for school-based concerts. He has also served as a middle school music tutor, and AP-level music theory tutor. He is likewise an integral part of the NAIS Music Computation Lab, a group of students who conduct research based on their musical interests. Anthony’s works appeared at two international conferences. As for extracurricular activities, Anthony is the president of the NAIS Music Club and is a vital part of the NAIS Band, a club that performs modern popular music.

 

I must say, however, that this is merely a beginning, and there is no end to preparation. Johns Hopkins University is a competitive institution, and once accepted, the amount of workload merely increases. Therefore, Anthony is currently in the process of preparing his musical compositions for international compositional competitions. He is additionally writing a book chapter on music philosophy and is soon to complete a series of rigorous exams on music theory and history. Furthermore, he is finishing another HarvardX course, titled “19th-Century Opera: Meyerbeer, Wagner, & Verdi”, and is in the preparation stages of completing a series of educational professional development courses administered by Columbia University.

 

6

What problems did you encounter during the application process? How to solve it?

 

We did not encounter any problems with the application process. Johns Hopkins University, as the majority of the schools, has a very straightforward application with step-by-step instructions available online. Students, teachers, and administrators have access to it, and the admission office on the side of Johns Hopkins University is always available to answer any questions.

 

7

What suggestions do you have for him?

 

I think Anthony should continue growing as a musician and enhance his learning in all spheres of music. He should actively pursue research, learn new content, and build connections by attending out-of-school workshops and conferences. I believe Anthony should continue expanding his portfolio as a performing musician, educator, and most importantly – composer. I will continue to work with him even when he goes to America since we have a few collaborative research projects going on at the moment.

 

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