UQ students find the key to Chinese culture

24 January 2018

The Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland has collaborated with the UQ School of Music to deliver a Summer Semester course on Traditional Chinese Music in January, 2018.

Held at the School of Music performance theatre, Dr. Yang Yang from Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China delivered the lectures to students over five days.

The course contained five lecture sessions, four workshops and one short performance session. The lectures provided a brief introduction to eleven UNESCO music Intangible Cultural Heritages in China, comparisons between music styles and genre, an exploration of social-cultural aspects of music traditions, as well as extended readings and discussions on traditional Chinese music.

In this general music course, students were introduced to a wide-range of music practices across China via classroom lectures and demonstrations. Students were encouraged to join workshops to develop further their understanding on approaches of music making in a Chinese context. Short singing performance activities were arranged also to enrich student experiences in music learning.

Students from the School of Music who participated in this program are eligible for course credit (2 units).

Professor Ping Chen, Director of the Confucius Institute at UQ, was delighted regarding outcomes from the Summer Semester course. “Among our core goals, the Institute provides outreach and workshops to our students,” he said.