Chinese Training Music – Guqin (Zither)
Chinese training music programs are designed for international students outside of China. You will read the brief introduction of the traditional Chinese musical instrument, Guqin, also called guzheng or zither. You will read the benefits to learn guqin , features of Guqin Musical Class. You will also need to prepare the budget for your travel study in China, China visa application, departure preparation and class policies. Please understand for the international students, you will have to join our custom-made group, because your limited time of staying in China will lead to your different time plan and quite difficult to join the local Chinese group class directly. Another reason is you will need English speaking assistants to help you interpret the Chinese class. Be free to send us inquiry here. [gravityform id=”4″ title=”true” description=”true”]
Chinese training Music Class introduction
The Chinese zither, called guqin or guzheng, has existed for over 3,000 years and represents China’s foremost solo musical instrument tradition. In 2003, the music of guqin was proclaimed one of the UNESCO masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Our Guqin music class is in Shanghai and Fuzhou, opening to learners, individual adults or group students, to help the beginners to learn musical skills and improve self-cultivation. The period per session is two to four weeks. There are 4 hours music class, 2 hours Mandarin courses if you need, plus another 2 hours practice each day from Monday to Friday. There are optional activities outside of the class, such as, China acrobatic show and Porcelains Museum famous for the LongQuan Celadon, which is usually arranged at the weekend. Long Quan town is three hours away from Shanghai by train. This program has a tuition sponsorship opportunity to the international students.
Chinese training music background of Guqin
Guqin, also called Qin or seven-stringed Qin, is a plucked musical instrument usually placed on a table. It is said that the history of gun dates back to the prehistorical times of Fuxi and shennong.
Up to now, there are more than a hundred music scores of guqin, including many titles such as high mountain and flowing water, sunny spring, white snow, a music from gangling and farewell at yang juncture.
In August 1977, when the spacecraft voyager was launched to the wildernesses of space in search of extra-solar intelligence, it brought with it a CD of the guqin music flowing water.
Flowing water is a part of high mountain and flowing water, which originated from a well-known legend in ancient China. Around the 1st century BC, there was once an official called Yu Boya who was a gun music lover as well as a specialist in playing the guqin. One day, when he was playing the Qin at the foot of a mountain, a woodman called Zhong Ziqi was totally carried away by his music. He cried “how high the mountain is!” When Yu Boya was thinking of high mountains while playing the Qin and “what a vast and mighty flow of water!” When flowing water was in the mind of the musician.
Now that all the ambience and feelings of Yu Boya were perfectly understand by Zhong Ziqi through the music, the two became very close friends. Ever since then, Chinese people have referred to congenial friends as zhiyin, literally meaning “knower of the music”.
The voyager, bringing the CD of flowing water with it, also carries the common desire of humankind to find a zhiyin.
In ancient China, the strings of guqin were made of silk, Since the Tang Dynasty, more and more attention has been paid to the manufacture of guqin and all the early models of guqin such as the three-stringed and five-stringed ones were replaced by the adapted seven-stringed version.
It is believed by guqin players that the secret to improvements lies mainly in the cultivation of one’s inner being rather than in one’s skills. Only when one’s inner being reaches a superior realm, can he freely express everything he feels.
AS the pace of life gets faster each day, guqin is not only a facilitator to self-cultivation, but also a way for modern people to relax and adjust the pace of life.
Any area where the melodious sound of guqin is heard and girls in traditional Chinese costumes are seen playing the guqin is a place displaying typical Chinese culture.
In 2003, the music of guqin was proclaimed one of the UNESCO masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.
It is easy to start to learn, but will take some time and effortr if you expect to attain proficiency.
Target of learners
– Individual adult who wants to improve self cultivation
– Individual student (Age 18+) who wants to learn musical skills
– Schools organize group students to explore the traditional Chinese culture
– Children and parents family tour to explore ancient history of China
Features of Guqin Musical Class
– Period : 2 – 4 weeks
– Contents :
Guqin class (4hours/day) + Mandarin class (2hour/day)+ Self Practice 2 hours/day = total 8 hours/day
Time table: from Monday to Friday
– Term : Every month
– Ages required : over 18years old, children younger 18 yrs required parents or guardian
– Course levels : Beginning Level, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level
Minimum students per class: 6 people