Now it’s the time for our students to participate in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Under Ms Lee’s leadership our school has been very successful in such competitions in the past several years, with ensembles and individuals winning many trophies.
What do you think about the competition? What are the aims and what are the benefits?
- To push students to achieve their potential?
- To help them develop a love for music?
- To bring glory to the school and enhance its reputation in Hong Kong?
- To help students achieve a sense of teamwork by working together to achieve a common goal?
- To bring students happiness (e.g., If they win, they are happy)?
- To see how one measures up to competitors?
If you are a participant how do you view the music festival?
However, are there also some drawbacks?
- Do some participating students start to neglect their studies and other duties?
- Are other aspects of the school (e.g., classes and extracurricular activities) disrupted?
- Is there additional pressure on students when they are forced to compete in individual competitions even when they don’t want to join? Does this put a burden on some students?
- Are some students exploited? Some talented students may be required to participate in several competitions within a single music festival. Is this too much?
- Can the focus on competition change the students’ motivation so that they perform more for the reward of winning and less out of love for music?
- Do students become overly concerned with winning and competition, adopting a win-at-all cost mentality that carries on long after the competition has finished?
What do you think? Do the benefits outweigh by the costs?
If you think the way the school approaches the music festival is good, do you also think the Chinese and English departments should adopt similar approaches for the Speech Festival? Our students also participate regularly in the speech festival, but they mainly do it for the experience rather than to win, only participate in one or two events, are not forced to participate in individual events and don’t spend an extraordinary amount of time to prepare for it. Should the language departments also become more competition-oriented?