CIVU’s Second Chinese Music Education Tour in
Schools and Confucius Classrooms
The Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University (CIVU)’s second Chinese music education tours in area schools and Confucius Classrooms, scheduled between February 5 and 14, came to a successful completion. Two music teachers, ZHANG Zheng and CHEN Yang, accompanied by visiting scholar QI Yifeng and CIVU Chinese teachers, who were all from Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT), demonstrated vocal and instrumental Chinese music and received warm welcome in Culver Academies (Feb. 5), Washington Township High School (Feb. 8), New Prairie Middle School and Discovery Middle School (both on Feb. 9), Thea Bowman Leadership Academy (Feb. 10), Wheeler High School and Bishop Noll Institute (both on Feb. 11), South Central Elementary School and Hobart High School (both on Feb. 14) in Indiana.
Yangqin solos, and Chinese songs like “Sweet Sweeties” and “Jasmine Flower” were put on in the school gymnasiums, some of which had an audience as large as 600. In addition to performing, the troupe also offered Yangqin tutorials by CHEN Yang, Director of the Students’ Art Centre of ZJUT, and Chinese song tutorials by ZHANG Zheng, Associate professor and Director of the Department of Music and Dance of ZJUT. Some local music teachers were also involved in discussing the uniqueness and differences between Chinese and American instruments. Within an hour, the beginners learned how to play the Yangqin and sing a Chinese song, which helped to increase their interest in the Chinese traditional instrument as well as their interest and confidence in learning the Chinese language. The music tour concluded with praises from both teachers and students and a prospect of more chances to do so in the future.
Music education is the tradition and forte of the CIVU. Inviting two music teachers from ZJUT to join the music tour enhanced the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two sister universities. It also further reinforced the CIVU’s music bridge to help the American students to learn about the Chinese language, history and culture.
(Text by MING Liang and HE Jun, Photos by LIU Jiangang, CHEN Yang, and YAN Jianhua)
CHEN Yang teaching Yangqing in Thea Bowman Leadership Academy
ZHANG Zheng teaching Chinese songs in Washington Township High School
A student of New Prairie Middle School trying to sing the Chinese song
QI Yifeng teaching a Chinese song accompanied with guitar
The CIVU Chinese music education troupe taking photos with Wheel High School students