Focusing on language acquisition, music appreciation and performance, this interdisciplinary workshop will take participants to explore an innovative approach to pronunciation, fluency, articulation, voice projection, and language expression through singing. Participants will also learn basic singing techniques such as correct posture, breath support, voice projection, and legato singing. In addition, participants will learn to practice building confidence, concentration, relaxation, as well as expressive presentational and communicational skills in both Mandarin and through music.
This workshop is led by Professor Hong Zhang, an award-winning teacher of Chinese language and culture on faculty at Binghamton University, SUNY. Prof. Zhang created the “Learn Chinese through Songs” approach in 1992 and has applied this over the years with students of all ages.
The workshop is followed by an 8-session course taught through China Institute’s virtual School of Chinese Studies by Prof. Zhang to take students on an in-depth journey learning Chinese through songs this coming fall. [Learn more about the course]
This program is part of “Developing Intercultural Competence (ICC) through Music,” a professional development series for Chinese language teachers in partnership with the New York University Project Developing Chinese Language Teachers (DCLT).
An award-winning teacher of Chinese language and culture, Professor Hong Zhang has performed at numerous international venues. Zhang holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Binghamton University, SUNY, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently a tenured Instructor of Chinese and an associate faculty member of Music at Binghamton University, Zhang has received State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Language Education Award from the Chinese Language Teachers Association.
As a Chinese culture and music ambassador, Zhang has been giving lectures and recitals extensively in the US and abroad, topics including “Chinese Ethnic Groups and Their Songs” as well as workshops on “Teaching Chinese through Song,” “Language Learning through Songs,” “Diction for Singing Western Songs,“ “Voice Care through Singing” and “Voice Training for Success”. Zhang has performed and presented for hundreds of universities and communities, including the United Nations and universities in the U.S., Canada, China, Singapore and Cuba.
Zhang’s teaching curriculum includes the groundbreaking course, Singing Chinese. Students of this class have won awards at many international competitions. In addition, Zhang has also co-authored Chinese through Song (Global Scholarly Publications, 1998; SUNY Press, 2010. 2nd edition, 2014) and Cultural Chinese: Readings in Art, Literature, and History (Georgetown University Press, 2012).