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ERIC Number: EJ938299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1048-3713
A General Music Experience in China: Reflections and Lesson Ideas
Whitcomb, Rachel; Berger, Linda M.; Schmidt, Catherine
General Music Today, v25 n1 p14-18 Oct 2011
In this article, the authors share their recent experiences with a fourth grade general music classroom in China as members of the "People-to-People Ambassador Program". They provide a description of the types of musical activities they observed at Aiju Primary School in Shanghai in December 2009 by sharing the content of one specific lesson. The focus of the music lesson is "Horse Racing", a programmatic piece based on a Mongolian folk melody. "Horse Racing", composed in 1964 by Huang Haihuai, has become an immensely popular piece in contemporary Chinese culture. The piece was written for the erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument. The authors include historical and cultural information on "Horse Racing" and the erhu. Links to online resources, video performances of "Horse Racing", and lesson ideas for use in American general music classrooms are also provided. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China