Music at China Institute 华美音乐

China Institute grows its educational offerings to make beautiful music with Bard College.

Our School of Chinese Studies expands our slate of classes for both children and adults to launch MUSIC at China Institute 华美音乐 in partnership with the Bard College Conservatory of Music, one of the finest conservatories in the United States.

For over 5,000 years, music has been essential to Chinese culture. Its language is tonal, its poems were once sung, and traditionally an educated person was understood to be a musical expert.

Music at China Institute 华美音乐 is a collaborative program with the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, bringing the beauty, wisdom and philosophy of traditional Chinese music to people of all ages and backgrounds in the heart of Lower Manhattan.

In Fall 2020, classes of Guqin 古琴 and Pipa 琵琶 will be offered in the adult programs at different levels.

For toddlers, a Mommy and Me series will bring the fun of learning Chinese musical rhythms and movements to their intellectual and social development.

Small group classes are taught by professionally trained instructors who are also award-winning musicians and educators, each carefully selected by the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

About the Bard College Conservatory of Music:

Founded in 2005 and located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, the Bard College Conservatory of Music is guided by the principle that young musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential.

The US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music was formed in 2017 with the goal of creating a major platform in the United States for the study, performance, and appreciation of contemporary Chinese music. In partnership with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, it has embarked on a five-year Chinese Music Development Initiative, which will aid in the promotion of Chinese music through an undergraduate degree program at the Bard Conservatory, the annual China Now Music Festival each October at Bard and in New York City, an annual scholarly conference in the spring, and youth programs in Chinese music education.

Thank you to Shanghai No. 1 National Musical Instruments Factory, Ltd. for providing instruments and support for the US-China Music Institute and Music at China Institute 华美音乐.

Read our press release announcing the launch of Music at China Institute!

Watch MUSIC at China Institute performances by US-China Music Institute students and an interview with Institute director Jingdong Cai [December 2019].