Marco teaches for brass instruments besides conducting for orchestras and wind bands in various primary and secondary schools. As a private tutor he also teaches music composition and arrangement, piano, brass instruments and Grade 5-8 music theory. Most of his students who took the ABRSM exams got distinction and merit results.
In 2017, his piece “On the Razor’s Edge” was selected by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble/ Philadelphia call for scores for a professional public reading session. In 2018, Marco was selected to take part in the “HK Phil Composers Workshop – Beyond the Ring” as one of the composers and composed an orchestral piece “Nanke Dream” which was performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
In recent years, Marco has been invited by a few organizations for composing and arranging music pieces. In 2019, he was commissioned by the Music Office and arranged the “Medley of Nursery Rhymes” for its Wind Band. In 2020, he was invited by his Alma Mater, TWGHs Wong Fut Nam College, to compose the “Passing the Torch” for marking its 60th anniversary. He was also responsible for the voice and wind band arrangement for the piece.
Can every music student learn how to compose?
Every student can compose, regardless of age and upbringing.
It starts off with the learning of some basic music elements such as rhythm and melodies. After a student has made some progress, he will get in touch with music theories. With bits of exploring and learning by doing, he will soon be able to compose an episode or a short piece of original music.
With the advancement of technology, it becomes even easier to make a start. As tutor we will ask our students to put their hands on a few music software such as GarageBand, LogicPro, MuseScore, Sibelius. IT has essentially made the whole learning process much easier, faster and multi-faceted. The joy of using your creative mind is irresistible.