Introduction to Chinese Music


Introduce your pupils to traditional Chinese instrumental music with the groundbreaking new Chinese virtual instruments on Garageband. Create programme music, improvise using the pipa and erhu instruments and develop a class performance with a luogu percussion ensemble! Suitable for ages 9-14.

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Product Description

Pupils will…

  • Meet Cheng Yu, a master Pipa player, and learn about the cultural context, instrumentation and unique characteristics of this rich genre
  • Follow tutorial videos to explore virtual Chinese instruments and develop their musicianship in line with the National Curriculum
  • Play, improvise and arrange a traditional lullaby using the Garageband pipa and erhu instruments.
  • Use Garageband’s Chinese loops as a stimulus to create a piece of creative writing and a programmatic composition.
  • Create and perform a whole class percussion piece to accompany a Chinese Lion Dance
  • Publish two completed compositions on the internet to share with their friends and family.

Teachers are provided with…

  • Four complete lesson plans, including learning outcomes, warm-ups and plenary sessions.
  • Accompanying videos, minimising planning and preparation and offering a genuinely immersive experience for their pupils.
  • A full teaching guide with information on the cultural background of the music.

Key information:

  • Length: 4  x 60-75 minute sessions
  • Age group:  9 – 14
  • Suitable for specialist and non-specialist music teachers.


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