Links to Press Coverage of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Update Nov 09 2017

September 4, 2017

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education to Be Launched in Beijing in September

http://news.youth.cn/jsxw/201709/t20170904_10649728.htm

Published: 09-04-2017 20:23:36

Source: China News Service, China Youth Network

 

China News Service (by YIN Li from Beijing, September 4) — As a global event for the first time in the music circle as well as an important step for China to get involved in international cooperation on music education, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education hosted by China Conservatory of Music will be unveiled in Beijing this month, according to the information released at the press briefing held on September 4.

 

This Global Leadership Network is aimed to serve as a platform for resources sharing and international cooperation on music education, increase the cooperation and exchanges between conservatories, explore the paradigms of high-caliber musician cultivation, lead the trends of international music development and hold high-level international music competitions, as informed by WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, at the briefing. More than 30 presidents from world-famed conservatories in 16 countries across Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania have been invited to the event and inaugurate “Global Music Education League” in a bid to disseminate diverse music cultures via this platform with concerted efforts.

Beijing is a city blessed with the all-embracing traditional culture and an art atmosphere featuring open innovation, and it is home to top Chinese artists, art schools and practitioners, of which China Conservatory of Music has been long reputed as the cradle of Chinese musicians and the palace of Chinese music, noted WANG Liguang. All participants are presidents and heads of world famous conservatories and it is reasonably believed that the cooperation between them will turn out to be a milestone in the international music education.

 

This Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will run from September 10 to 12 as scheduled. During the session, five president forums will be held to focus on three topics, that is, “the contribution of music schools to civilization,” “the trend in globalization of music education,” and “music is an ambassador for world peace.” Meanwhile, a series of teaching activities featuring “President in Classroom” will be launched. The concert titled “Guo Feng” to be staged at the opening ceremony, in which well-known artists such as LIU Dehai, SONG Fei, ZHANG Weiliang, WANG Zhongshan and LEI Jia will give the performance, will serve a wonderful audio-visual artistic feast that highlights the characteristics of Chinese music.

During this session of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, conservatories from China and other countries will establish a strategic partnership to enable rich international cooperation, exchanges of teachers for mutual improvement and students for joint education, mutual recognition of academic degrees and the building of orchestra academies comprising internationally first-class musicians, and explore the scientific paradigm of high-caliber musician training in the era of globalization, according to the organizer.

Meanwhile, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will convene on a regular basis to organize the “Conservatory Award” activities among global conservatories, the global efforts to address the common issues in the music development, and a variety of rewarding music activities through the Global Music Education League. (The End)

 

 

 

September 7, 2017

Leaders of World Famous Conservatories to Gather in Beijing

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/local/2017-09/07/c_129697895.htm

Published: 09-07-2017 09:29:44

Source: Beijing Daily

 

Beijing Daily News (by Han Xuan) — The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, which is sponsored by China Conservatory of Music, will be held at the National Convention Center on September 10 in a bid to increase the cooperation and exchanges between international conservatories, and to build an international platform for global music education resources sharing. It is an important move made by China in the global cooperation of music education.

 

More than 30 presidents and heads of world-famed music conservatories from 16 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania are invited to the event, including the counterparts from Berklee College of Music (the United States), Birmingham Conservatoire (the United Kingdom), and the University of Chicago Department of Music (the United States). Conservatories from China and other countries will reach agreements on reciprocation of teacher for cooperation, exchanges of students for joint education and mutual recognition of academic degrees, and set up the Global Music Education League, the first of its kind.

 

This session of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will last to September 12, involving five president forums and a series of teaching activities featuring “President in Classroom.” The concert titled “Guo Feng” to be held at the opening ceremony will open on the evening of September 10 in the Grand Concert Hall of China Conservatory of Music, in which well-known artists such as Liu Dehai, Song Fei, Zhang Weiliang, Wang Zhongshan and Lei Jia will give the performance as a showcase of the charm of Chinese music.

 

September 10, 2017

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Launched in Beijing: More than 30 Conservatory Heads Discuss the Development of the World Music Culture

http://news.xinhuanet.com/2017-09/10/c_1121639384.htm

Published: 09-10-2017 18:08:27

Source: Xinhua News Agency

Xinhua News (by ZHOU Wei and ZHAO Wanwei from Beijing, September 10) — More than 30 conservatory heads from over 10 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania gather in Beijing on September 10 to participate in the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education sponsored by China Conservatory of Music and work together to discuss and disseminate diverse music cultures.

China is not only an ancient civilization with music of its own characteristics but also an open country of music, where one can have access to ancient music, folk music of 56 ethnic groups, operas, symphonies, pop music, rock music and traditional music of other countries. China has a huge music education system and nearly 200,000 music teachers who are working as the first-line force of music education for more than 200 million students in elementary, secondary and tertiary education. All these play an important role in carrying on China’s and even the world’s music culture.

“Chinese music is an important branch of the world music development, and it is representative of the oriental music and influential to the occidental music with its profound cultural heritage and broad space of development. The world peace calls for the prosperity of music and the Chinese culture requires Chinese musicians to make a difference. So music education calls on us to make concerted efforts.” As noted by WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, global music colleagues are coming together today to join in this event in pursuit of dreams of music education, and this is what we do in response to the globalization trends and as a sincere move to shoulder the historical responsibilities.

It has been learned that this Global Leadership Network is scheduled to last three days. During the session, the concert titled “Guo Feng” will be held with well-known artists as performers such as LIU Dehai, SONG Fei, ZHANG Weiliang, WANG Zhongshan and LEI Jia; the president forums will open with focus on “the contribution of music schools to civilization,” “the trend in globalization of music education,” and “music is an ambassador for world peace.” Meanwhile, a series of teaching activities featuring “President in Classroom” will be launched.

 

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Opens in Beijing

 

http://news.cyol.com/co/2017-09/10/content_16486591.htm

Published: 09-10-2017 21:09

Source:By Fan Weichen, CYOL

 

CYOL News (by FAN Weichen, September 10) — The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education sponsored by China Conservatory of Music raised its curtain in Beijing on September 10. More than 30 conservatory presidents and heads from the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, Thailand and South Korea as well as heads of eight Chinese conservatories have participated in this Global Leadership Network.

 

It has been learned that in the following three days there will be academic forums, open classes, concerts and other activities. Conservatory heads will discuss on “the contribution of music schools to civilization,” “the trend in globalization of music education,” and “music is an ambassador for world peace,” and join China Conservatory of Music in initiating the Global Music Education League.

Editor-in-Chief: YUAN Rui

 

September 11, 2017

 Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Opens in Beijing

 http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-09/11/c_129700525.htm

 Published: 09-11-2017 03:29:51

Source: Guangming Daily

Guangming Daily (By Dong Cheng in Beijing, September 10) On the 33rd Teacher’s Day, more than 30 presidents of world-class music conservatories including the Juilliard School in the United States, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, and the University of York, Music Department in the United Kingdom from more than 10 countries gathered in Beijing and participated in the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education hosted by China Conservatory of Music.

It is the first time in the global music education circle that this grand international music event is able to attract the largest number of presidents of world-class music conservatories. Martha Feldman, President of the American Musicological Society, pointed out, “Now, China Conservatory of Music has joined the ranks of world-class universities, and China is playing an irreplaceable and cohesive influence on global cooperation in music education.”

The three-day Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education is aimed at building a platform for sharing international music education resources, leading the development trend of global music, and organizing high-end friendship competitions among conservatories. The participants will discuss “contribution of the music school to human civilization,” “development trend of music education globalization,” “music culture as an ambassador of world peace” and other issues of common concern. The Global Music Education League is expected to be founded during the event.

Wang Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, said that young and senior talents and heavyweights gathered in Beijing, and it was a good opportunity for seeking cooperation. In the future, Chinese and foreign music conservatories will establish strategic partnerships and carry out exchange visits between teachers, joint training programs for students, mutual recognition of diplomas, inter-school building of first-class bands and colleges and a series of substantive cooperative moves, and on this basis, they will explore a scientific model of training high-end music talents in the globalization era.

On the evening of September 10, a theme concert titled “Guo Feng” was staged at the Chinese Music Hall of China Conservatory of Music. The audience was presented with a fantastic audio-visual artistic feast led by Liu Dehai, an 80-year-old Pipa master together with seven Chinese music masters, and the unique charm of Chinese music once again impressed the foreign counterparts.

 

 

Beijing: Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Held

http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2017-09-11/doc-ifykuftz6097080.shtml

CCTV News: On September 10 which marked the 33rd Teacher’s Day in China, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education hosted by China Conservatory of Music opened in Beijing as a grand event of the global music education community, which is an important move China has made in the global cooperation in music education.

The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education invited more than 30 presidents of world-class music conservatories from nearly 20 countries in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania, including the world’s leading Eastman School of Music in the United States, the Haute école de musique Genève and so on. This three-day event included five forums, where three topics were discussed, namely, “contribution of the music school to human civilization,” “development trend of music education globalization,” and “music culture as an ambassador of world peace.” The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will be committed to building a platform for sharing global music education resources.

 

 

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Opens

http://bjrb.bjd.com.cn/html/2017-09/11/content_174329.htm

Published:  09-11-2017

Source: Beijing Daily

Beijing Daily News (by HAN Xuan) — The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education sponsored by China Conservatory of Music raised its curtain yesterday in Beijing as a global event of the music circle as well as an important step for China to get involved in international cooperation on music education.

This Global Leadership Network was aimed to serve as a platform for resources sharing and international cooperation on music education, increase exchanges between conservatories, explore the paradigms of high-caliber musician cultivation, lead the trends of international music development and hold high-level international music contests. More than 30 presidents from world-famed conservatories in 16 countries across Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania were invited to participate in the event. After the opening ceremony, conservatory presidents and heads present at the conference were ushered into academic discussions on “the contribution of music schools to civilization”, “the trend in globalization of music education”, and “music is an ambassador for world peace”, and into a series of teaching activities featuring “President in Classroom”, which are organized by China Conservatory of Music. Last night, the opening concert titled “Guo Feng” was held at the Grand Concert Hall of China Conservatory of Music.

 

This session of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will last until September 12. All participants will witness the inauguration of the Global Music Education League tomorrow. The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will convene on a regular basis in future to organize the “Conservatory Award” among global conservatories of music and a variety of rewarding music activities.

WANG Ning, Vice Mayor of Beijing, and CHEN Ping, Head of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, attended the opening ceremony.

Source: CCTV-13 Morning News

Global Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Opens

The Leaders entered classroom and experience the Chinese Music Teaching

 

Source: CCTV-13 Morning News

Global Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Opens

Music same: emotional resonance

 

Presidents from Global Music Conservatories Exchange Views in China

http://news.163.com/17/0911/03/CU19VDOI00018AOP.html

Published: 09-11-2017 03:51:43

Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition (Beijing)

 

People’s Daily News (by ZHAO Enuo and LIU Juanxi from Beijing, September 10)– The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education sponsored by China Conservatory of Music is opened today in Beijing. This Global Leadership Network is the first exchange activity among global music conservatories worldwide. More than 30 presidents and heads of music conservatories from 16 countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Australia have attended this event and made in-depth discussion on “the contribution of music schools to civilization”, “the trend in globalization of music education”, and “music is an ambassador for world peace”.

During the session, the Global Music Education League will be set up to organize internationally top competitions of music, set up a global music award and found academic journals as an effort to set music exchanges in motion on a regular basis.

 

 

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Source: CCTV-13 Live News

Global Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education : Opening Concert

 

 

Chinese and Foreign Conservatory Heads Gather in Beijing to Talk About Music

https://www.chinanews.com/cul/2017/09-11/8327746.shtml

Published: 09-11-2017 11:25

Source: China News Service

 

On September 10, Wang Ning, Vice Mayor of Beijing, and heads of Chinese and foreign conservatories lighten the terrestrial globe, on the surface of which all school logos representing the locations of such conservatories are lit up.

China News Service News (by DU Yan from Beijing, September 11) — The Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education is held in Beijing as from September 10 until 12. Presidents of 38 conservatories from the U.S., the U.K., Germany and China attended this conference and had discussions on the contribution of music schools to civilization and the trend in globalization of music education.

Vice Mayor of Beijing Wang Ning said at the opening ceremony on September 10 that since Beijing is being built into a national center of politics, culture, international exchanges and technological innovation, new measures will be taken to move forward with the development of music education and evolve China Conservatory of Music into an internationally first-class university. A good delivery of Global Leadership Network and Global Music Education League will be a contribution in a sense to the development of Chinese or even the global music education.

China Conservatory of Music, known as the cradle of Chinese musicians and the palace of Chinese music, has set up and developed the “Chinese National School of Music” in a bid to evolve into a world-class university with its first-class disciplines on the one hand and called on global conservatories of music, on the other hand, to launch cooperation on music education in the name of communication, win-win development, mission and vision for future, noted WANG Liguang, president of China Conservatory of Music and the initiator of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education.

Delagatess of global conservatories of music visit an open class at China Conservatory of Music.

At the symposium on “the contribution of music schools to civilization” after the opening ceremony, WANG Liguang noted that building the Chinese National School of Music does not merely mean accumulation of music works but also exchange and interoperability between Chinese music and the rest of the global music circle. Moreover, the development of Chinese National School of Music also has a positive impact on the world music culture and makes the latter more diverse. “A wide exchange contributes to reciprocal understanding while learning from each other conduces to consensus. Music schools will surely play a more important role in the evolution of human civilization.”

 

It is no easy job for music institutions of higher learning to shoulder the responsibility of protecting and developing treasured legacy of music, noted Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki. Tradition needs to be reviewed from two perspectives: firstly, components of tradition are not equally important; secondly, how to develop the tradition bears heavily on the students’ readiness to cope with the rapidly changing world. For this end, music institutions of higher learning should establish cooperation ties to preserve the music heritage of great value.

Bard College Conservatory of Music (the United States) has initiated a Sino-American Music Academy with a start-up capital of one million dollars since “we have realized the importance of Chinese music culture and its pivotal role in enriching modern artistic forms,” noted Robert Martin, head of Bard College Conservatory of Music. He held that only through mutual benefit could the responsibility of education for the new generation be fulfilled.

“Forty thousand years ago, humans knew how to use musical instruments.” Music is probably the only natural expression form that tells mankind apart from other creatures. Music institutions need to strengthen education in the humanities in addition to offering comprehensive curricula, so that “the balance between legacy, sustainability and innovation of music education will be the key to the future of our graduates under the positive and negative impact of globalization”, noted Martin Rummel, Head of School of Music at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

 

During the three-day session, there will be academic forums, open classes, concerts and other activities. Conservatory heads will discuss on multiple topics and join China Conservatory of Music in initiating the Global Music Education League. (The End)

 

 

 

“Guo Feng” Concert Greets Global Presidents of Conservatories

http://epaper.ynet.com/html/2017-09/11/content_262007.htm?div=-1

 

Published: Monday, September 11, 2017

Scource:Beijing Youth Daily

Beijing Youth Daily News (by Lei Jia) — More than 30 presidents of world-class music institutions gathered at the Grand Concert Hall of China Conservatory of Music and enjoyed a concert titled “Guo Feng” last night. It was part of the opening ceremony of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, an event sponsored by China Conservatory of Music. During the three-day session, presidents and heads of conservatories will exchange views and initiate the Global Music Education League, the first of its kind in the world.

 

As a grand event of the global music circle, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education opened yesterday. Presidents of 33 renowned conservatories worldwide, including the Juilliard School, were invited to the music event. They enjoyed the “Guo Feng” concert in which a couple of masters of Chinese traditional music gave the performance. Shi Mian Mai Fu (ambuscade on all sides) played by the 80-year-old Pipa master, Prof. LIU Dehai, and Liu Shui (flowing water) played by Gu-qin master, Prof. CHEN Leiji, introduced educators of occidental music to the unique charm of Chinese music. Each performance was greeted by a prolonged round of applause when it ended.

Five president forums are focused on academic discussion on “the contribution of music schools to civilization,” “the trend in globalization of music education,” and “music is an ambassador for world peace” from yesterday till today. During this session of Global Leadership Network, a series of teaching activities featuring “President in Classroom” will be launched, conservatories from China and other countries will establish a strategic partnership to enable rich international cooperation, exchanges of teachers for mutual improvement and students for joint education, mutual recognition of academic degrees and the building of orchestra academies comprising internationally first-class musicians, and explore the scientific paradigm of high-caliber musician training in the era of globalization. Meanwhile, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education will convene on a regular basis to organize the “Conservatory Award” among global conservatories, the global efforts to address the common issues in the music development, and a variety of music activities through the Global Music Education League.

Photograph/reported by YUAN Yi

 

 

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Held: Music Communication and Emotional Resonance

http://www.sohu.com/a/191173783_428290

Published: September 11, 2017 12:22

Source:CCTV News

 

CCTV News: Presidents of the world’s leading music conservatories went into the classroom of national instrumental music at China Conservatory of Music, conducting teaching exchanges and experiencing Chinese music styles.

Jamal Rossi, Dean of the Eastman School of Music (United States), is an active saxophone soloist and chamber musician, and featured on numerous recordings. As the presidents of the world’s top music conservatories, Rossi and his peers spoke highly of the March of the Toreadors played by the students with Sheng—a traditional Chinese national musical instrument.

Rossi said, “They are highly skilled in the performance and able to combine Chinese national instruments with Western music works. These students really enjoy playing classic Chinese folk music songs.

In another classroom, Although President Rossi was not familiar with the song the students were playing, he could name the instruments in Chinese—Erhu, and he could feel the emotions the Chinese folk songs conveyed.

“Although music works vary in terms of types and cultural backgrounds, the music itself has one thing in common, because the audience can feel the emotions conveyed by the music. Although there are huge differences between Chinese and Western music, they can connect the common emotions of mankind, so I think this is the common point of music under different cultural backgrounds,” said Rossi.

Rossi told the reporter, Eastman School of Music will work with China Conservatory of Music to build an international cooperation platform for sharing global music education resources and explore an innovative model for training high-end music talents through the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education.

“In fact, we are working on a research project that includes musical works in different cultural contexts. This means that Chinese students have more opportunities to study at our school, in which we are very interested, and we’re discussing this with China Conservatory of Music,” said Rossi.

 

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education Held in Beijing

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-09/11/c_129700532.htm

Published:09-11-2017 04:09:29

Source: People’s Daily

 

Beijing, September 10 (By Zhao Enuo and Liu Juanxi) On September 10, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, which was hosted by China Conservatory of Music, opened in Beijing. The three-day event is the first-ever exchange of music conservatories worldwide. More than 30 world-class presidents of music conservatories from 16 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia had in-depth discussions around three topics, namely, “the contribution of music schools to civilization,” “The trend in globalization of music education,” and “Music is an ambassador for world peace.”

According to WANG Liguang, Initiator of the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education and President of China Conservatory of Music, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, with the aim to build an international cooperation platform for sharing of global music education resources, strengthen cooperation and exchange among international conservatories, explore a scientific model of personnel training in higher music education, share music education resources and achievements, and lead the development trend of global music, will establish the Global Music Education League, organize international top music competitions, set up global music awards, and found global music conservatory academic journals, in an effort to promote normal exchanges between Chinese and foreign music. The Chinese National School of Music, which is supported by Chinese music resources, represented by Chinese art styles, communicated by Chinese musicians and embodied by Chinese music works, is ready to accommodate and learn from global outstanding cultures with a more inclusive attitude.

 

 

September 12, 2017

Liu Yandong Meet with Heads present at Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education

http://news.gmw.cn/2017-09/12/content_26126841.htm

 

Published: 09-12-2017 03:45

Source: Guang Ming online – Guangming Daily

Xinhua News Agency (by Wang Zhuolun from Beijing, September 11) —On September 11, Vice Premier of the State Council  LIU Yandong had an audience with heads of music institutions from home and abroad in the Great Hall of the People.

 

Music is a carrier of human civilization, and mutual exchanges between nations to draw experience from each other in the field of music is an important part of deepening the people-to-people exchanges between different countries, stated by Vice Premier Liu. It is our will to strengthen contact and cooperation between Chinese conservatories and foreign music institution; discover a new model for cultivating students, music research and dissemination; collaboratively taking global music education to a new height, and making greater contribution to the harmonious coexistence of human civilizations and world peace and development.

Thirty-five presidents of the world’s leading music institutions from 15 countries attended the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education.

Guangming Daily (September 12, 2017, 3rd Page)

 

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education—Featured News: Unique Music Style Blended with Chinese and Western Characteristics

http://tv.sohu.com/20170912/n600153161.shtml

Source: CCTV News

Time of broadcast:09-12- 2017 06:48

 

Global Music Education League Founded in Beijing: Wang Liguang Elected as Chairman

http://cul.jschina.com.cn/whgdxw/201709/t20170912_1032702.shtml

Published: 2017-09-12 17:31:49

Source: Guang Ming online

 

GMW news (by Dong Cheng) — The Global Music Education League, an important item on the agenda of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, was founded in Beijing on September 12. The League members involve more than 30 world-class music schools from Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania. It is a high-level platform in the field of international higher education of music.

The Global Music Education League is committed to pushing ahead with establishing and carrying forward different cultural and music schools worldwide, and aimed to increase the exchanges and cooperation between international music institutions against the backdrop of globalization, develop global music education and build a world-class academic community that comprises music teaching, research, composition and performance. It strives to provide an international platform for musician training, teaching, research, resource development and exchanges, to create an international system of music education that is accordant to the development trends in future, to push ahead with the development of traditional and classical music worldwide, and to increase the mutual understanding and communication between different music cultures. Meanwhile it is committed to eliminating barriers and purifying minds with the unique charm of music and making music the messenger of world peace.

It has been learned that after the inception of the Global Music Education League, academic resources of music worldwide will be pooled to prepare for the compilation of World Music Encyclopedia and to launch Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories. In addition, concerted efforts will be made by League members to initiate and organize top international music competitions. Meanwhile, the League will enable its members to share their quality resources, jointly educate students, exchange visits, mutually recognize academic degrees and credits, and carry out scientific research with concerted efforts.

After the Global Music Education League was founded, all its members have elected the league directors. The directors elected include China Conservatory of Music (Asia), Eastman School of Music (North America), Sibelius Academy (Europe), Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Oceania) and the Department of Music, the University of Chicago (North America). In the subsequent meeting among the League directors, WANG Liguang, president of China Conservatory of Music, was elected Chairman of the Global Music Education League. In the future, the Global Music Education League will convene on a regular basis, and the president-council system will be implemented with a tenure of five years.

Attachment: A Brief Introduction to the Members of Council of the Global Music Education League

President of China Conservatory of Music

WANG Liguang

WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, is an advocate of Chinese National School of Music. He is a composer, professor and doctoral advisor.

His works include symphonies, chamber music, operas, film music, etc. He has many awards under his belt, including the Huabiao Award, Golden Rooster Award, the Best Works Award, China Golden Eagle TV Art Award, and the Award for 1990s audiences’ favorite compositions.

 

Dean of Eastman School of Music

Jamal Rossi

Jamal J. Rossi, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Eastman School of Music, saxophone soloist and chamber musician. He has served in leadership roles in music for more than two decades. Previous academic leadership appointments include serving as Dean of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina, and Assistant and Associate Dean of the Ithaca College School of Music. Rossi has wide-ranging experience in academic scholarship and leadership, teaching, performance, recording, and fundraising.

His articles and reviews have appeared in leading publications.

 

Dean of Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki

Kaarlo Hildén

Kaarlo Hildén is the dean of the Sibelius Academy. Hildén was the Programme Director of Hanasaari Swedish–Finnish Cultural Centre. Prior to that, he worked for seven years as the music education director of Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia. He has taught the piano, practical accompaniment, and music theory at Sibelius Academy and Helsinki Conservatory of Music.

 

Dean of the Department of Music, the University of Chicago

Anne Walters Robertson

Anne Walters Robertson, Ph.D. and professor, is the Dean of the Division of the Humanities and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago. Robertson’s highly interdisciplinary research is focused on the music of the middle ages.

Robertson is the only winner of all three books and article prizes of the Medieval Academy of America. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2015. She was President of the American Musicological Society (2011-2012).

 

Dean of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney

Anna Reid

Anna Reid, Ph.D., cellist and viola da gamba player, is the Dean of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Throughout her career, Professor Anna Reid has always been a specialist in higher education. She is committed to the theory and practice of creativity, cultural heritage and sustainability as well as higher education research.

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Leaders of World-Class Music Schools  Co-planning For Future

 

Published: 09-12-2017 23:04

Source: People’s Daily

 

Music is a universal language of mankind. The capacity of music is boundless. It may eliminate barriers with its unique charm. Lately, good news in global music education kept coming, one after another ——The First Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education was held, The Global Music Education League was established, and the compilation of the World Music Encyclopedia has started. Thirty world class music schools’ presidents and eight presidents of music schools in China have gathered in Beijing. They reached a consensus, forged an academic community and established a normal communication mechanism , transformed the vision of global music education into a reality.

Focus 1The heads of the world’s top conservatories are in Beijing

“Inviting presidents of world-class music institutions to Beijing is a grand occasion in China’s music education. At the same time, it is also a great event in world music education!” WANG liguang, president of China Conservatory of Music and the initiator of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, expressed the most intuitive feelings about this grand event.

 

On September 9, over thirty world-class music institutions’ presidents from the United States, England, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, Holland, New Zealand, Slovenia, Thailand, South Korea and other countries arrived in Beijing to participate in Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education organized by China Conservatory of Music. “The scale of this event is totally beyond my expectations.” Martha Feldman, President of American Musicological Society, said in an interview. President of Eastman school of music, Manhattan school of music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Sydney Conservatorium of music and other world-famous conservatories mentioned in an interview that they came with very high expectations for this event. It is the very first time globally to have such a meeting like this to discuss and exchange ideas on music education.

From “copying the western education models” to “establishing our own educational tradition” and becoming the host of global leadership network for music education, music education in China is gradually becoming mature, independent, open and inclusive. The reason why we are able to attract presidents of the world’s top music schools to China is not how well our school is built, or how close I am with these heads of schools. What really appeals to them is our own Chinese National School of Music and the unique opportunity to cooperate in music education globally, WANG Liguang said.

 

Focus 2: What will be the future of music education? Listen to the Masters

‘The Contribution of Music Schools to Civilization? “, “What will be the development trend of globalization of music education ? “, “ how does music act as an ambassador for world peace?” This are the three topics that this network for higher music education has proposed for presidents of conservatories. More than forty presidents of music institutions have offered valuable options and wisdom during the three-day forums. They have made a great contribution to music education globally.

Speaking of the Contribution of Music Schools to Civilization, WANG Liguang stated in a speech that music is the cultural heritage and the outcome of communication, branded with its national cultural imprint and at the same time must also embody the essence of various cultures. Successful music should be open and inclusive, so that we can make contributions to human civilization. Kaarlo Hilden, president of Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki says that music is not only the human actions and observations, but also affect our values and cognition. Therefore, music education is not instant, instead, it should teach students how to think and act on their values. Martin Rummel , Head of School of Music at University of Auckland said in Music-Education— Privilege or Essential: “Music is not a privilege, but an essential; It is capable to transcend different systems, transcend different countries, and make us stronger.”

Presidents of music institutions from home and abroad discussed the trend in globalization of music education with their own views in combination with their own background. Richard Ortner advocated the idea of thinking positively, having self-reflection and finding out the problems to be solved and self-reflectiveness. He also believes that music education globalization requires both local action and global efforts. Heads of conservatories discussed topics like music education under the environment of new technology education; heritage, tradition and reveal in higher music education; higher music education, international relations and new technologies and other important issues. The development trend of music education and challenges were discussed in depth and comprehensively.

Forum ends with “music is an ambassador for world peace”. Martha Feldman, the chairman of American Musicological Society mentioned in her speech that although the idea of global music research can not serve as  a panacea for all problems, but in a rapidly changing world, we will benefit from having a variety of voices and more dialogue on music research. Jamal Rossi, Dean of Eastman School of Music mentioned at the end of the forum that music is a healing art; the opportunities to bring peace and beauty to the world through music are limited only by our imagination and willingness to do so.

Focus 3: The Global Music Education League is set up to release more dividends in the future

The establishment of Gobal Music Education League is the most important part among all priorities of the network for higher music education. The league covers Asia, North America, Europe, Oceania, and more than 30 world-class music institutions worldwide. It will become a rare high-level international academic platform. During the inaugural ceremony, members of the league voted; China Conservatory of music (Asia), Eastman school of music (North America), Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki(Europe), Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Australia) and The University of Chicago(North America) were elected as the first board member. WANG liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, was elected as the chairman of the league. Since then, the global music education league will be normalized. It will be held every five years, implementing the president – governing system.

The Global Music Education League will collect valuable academic resources worldwide to start the compilation of World Music Encyclopedia, release the Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories, and organized international competitions along with other members of the league. In addition, the league will be a platform of sharing quality resources, jointly cultivating of students, teachers exchange visits, mutual recognition of diplomas and credits , and joint research among the league members. It will offer more dividends for music education for our nation and the world.

 

Focus 4: Chinese National School of Music debut, all of foreign guests were attracted by Chinese music

In response to our foreign guests, how to skillfully display the charm of Chinese music, how to touch people with real art is an emphasis and a difficulty of this event. It also reflects the difficulty of Chinese tradition music going out. In this regard, WANG Liguang, chief planner insisted on using traditional Chinese music. He confidently believes that our Chinese music will definitely attract foreign guests with its unique stylistic features and temperament.  In the forum, WANG Liguang mentioned that the establishment of Chinese National School of Music is not only the accumulation of work, but also a cultural communication between the Chinese and the world. The development of Chinese National School of Music will have a positive influence on world music culture. It will make the world music culture richer and more colorful.

The opening concert, “presidnets in classroom”, and the closing gala concert at the Badaling Ancient Great Wall have been linked together to integrate the charm of traditional Chinese culture during the meetings. On the evening of the opening night of the “national style” music, the “living fossil” Pipa Maeastro Liu Dehai, amazed the audience with a song of Ambush on all sides, charmed a crowd of foreign guests at the concert. Guzheng virtuoso, WANG Zhongshan with the piece named The River All Red.  It is a perfect blend of Chinese Guzheng(zither) and the modern symphony orchestra. It works as the tie to connect Chinese music and Western music. Dr. LEI Jia sang Fly Away. As one of the representatives of contemporary Chinese vocal music, her singing combines the beauty of national singing style, China tradition operatic singing and Bel Canto. She is known as the most Chinese voice. showing the inheritance and achievements of Chinese traditional music culture. Three generations that were being cultivated by China Conservatory of Music performed together at the opening concert, showcasing the Chinese traditional music heritage and fruitfulness. During the “ presidents in classroom” session, foreign guests (presidents of conservatories) went into the classroom at China Conservatory of Music and felt the unique classroom atmosphere. This network for higher music education season came to an end in a cultural tour to the Great Wall of China, more than ten ethnic groups performed at the closing gala concert. Chinese and foreign guests joined hands to celebrate the big success of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education.

 

 

Source: CCTV-1  CCTV NEWS

Global Music Education League was established in Beijing

 

 

 

 

Global Music Education League Founded in Beijing to Push Mutual Recognition of Diplomas and Credits

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September 12, 2017 20: 08 Source: China News Service

 

On September 12, the Global Music Education League was established in Beijing. Photograph by Du Yan

China News Service (by Du Yan from Beijing, September 12) — The Global Music Education League, an important item on the agenda of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, was founded in Beijing today. WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, was elected Chairman of the League.

Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education is launched in Beijing from September 10 till 12. During the session, the Global Music Education League was founded to push ahead with establishing and carrying forward different cultural and music schools worldwide.

All members of the League elected directors and the chairman by secret ballot. President of China Conservatory of Music WANG Liguang (Asia) was elected Chairman of the League, with directors including Jamal Rossi, Dean of Eastman School of Music (North America), Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of Sibelius Academy (Europe), Anne Walters Robertson, Dean of the Department of Music, the University of Chicago, and Anna Reed, Dean of Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Oceania).

The Global Music Education League is aimed to increase the exchanges and cooperation between international music institutions against the backdrop of globalization, develop global music education and build a world-class academic community that comprises music teaching, research, creation and performance. It strives to provide an international platform for musician training, teaching, research, resource development and exchanges, to create an international system of music education that is accordant to the development trends in future, to push ahead with the development of traditional and classical music worldwide, and to increase the mutual understanding and communication between different music cultures. Meanwhile it is committed to eliminating barriers and purifying minds with the unique charm of music and making music the messenger of world peace.

After the inception of the Global Music Education League, academic resources of music worldwide will be pooled to prepare for the compilation of World Music Encyclopedia and to launch Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories. In addition, concerted efforts will be made by League members to initiate and organize top international music contests. Meanwhile, the League will enable its members to share their quality resources, jointly educate students, exchange visits, mutually recognize academic degrees and credits, and carry out scientific research with concerted efforts.

It has been learned that the Global Music Education League will convene on a regular basis, and the president-council system will be implemented with a tenure of five years.

It has been learned that after the inception of the League, China Conservatory of Music has entered into agreements on joint education with the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, the Department of Music, the University of Chicago, the Eastman School of Music, the Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, the University of Auckland’s School of Music (Oceania), BTU-International Asia Art Academy, Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki, and the Department of Music at The University of York. (The End)

【Edited by Gao Chen】

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

Global Music Education League Established in Beijing

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People’s Daily (September 13, 2017, 8th Page)

 

People’s Daily News (by Zhao Enuo from Beijing, September 12) — The Global Music Education League was founded today. WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, was elected Chairman of the League by the directors.

The League members involve more than 30 world-class music schools from Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania. As a high-level platform in the field of international higher education of music, the League is committed to pushing ahead with establishing and carrying forward different cultural and music schools worldwide, and providing an international platform for musician training, teaching, research, resource development and exchanges. After the inception of the Global Music Education League, academic resources of music worldwide will be pooled to prepare for the compilation of World Music Encyclopedia and to launch Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories. In addition, concerted efforts will be made by League members to initiate and organize top international music contests. Meanwhile, the League will enable its members to share their quality resources, jointly educate students, exchange visits, mutually recognize academic degrees and credits, and carry out scientific research with concerted efforts. The Global Music Education League will convene on a regular basis, and the president-council system will be implemented with a tenure of five years.

 

 

Presidents of World Famous Conservatories Gather in Beijing: Chinese National School of Music Acclaimed

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Published: 09-13-2017 09: 18

Source: Guangming Daily

 

If it had not been a warm handshake and a smile face to face, the chairman of the American music, Martha Feldman, still can’t believe, there is a kind of power that can bring the presidents of world first-class music schools together to discuss the past, the present and the future of music.

Pipa master LIU Dehai is playing. Guangming Photo/ChinaVisual

James Gandre, President of Manhattan School of Music was also amazed. More than ten music schools out of the the top thirty music schools worldwide are in the United States. For at least the past ten years, it has never been an occasion like this (Global Music Education League) for peers to get together. But this time in China, old friends and new friends ate together and stayed together for three or four days. This event gave them an opportunity of meeting of minds.

From September 10th to 12th, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing received a group of special teachers, and held a influential event in the world of music education, “Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education,” in which music masters converged and exciting news came out one after another.

 

Heads of foreign music conservatories show great interest in Chinese traditional music instruments. Photograph by National Music Studio/Guangming Photo

More than 30 presidents and heads of foreign music conservatories are not only educational administrators but also music masters. They visited Beijing with the curiosity about the excellent traditional culture of China and their unique artistic standpoint. As the doubts in them gave way to delights over the three-day session, the value of the Chinese National School of Music has been widely recognized by global peers.

 

Music lifts human civilization to a new height

A diachronic look at music in history shows that the oriental and the occidental interpret music from different dimensions.

As early as the beginning of the 19th century, German composer Richard Wagner said, “music connects human beings with ideal bonds.” About 2,000 years back from Wagner, an ancient Chinese sage gave a definition in The Book of Rites – Record of Music: “All music is generated from the heart.” “Different sounds regulated and coupled with dance properties are called music.”

 

In the eyes of Gerry Godley, Principal of Leeds College of Music, different as the Chinese and the Western are in interpreting, music as an art form that directly points to the soul of man and as a universal language of mankind has become a consensus that transcends times and national boundaries.

“Music is the only natural expression form that distinguishes human beings from other creatures.” Martin Rummel, Dean of the University of Auckland’s School of Music, New Zealand, frankly claimed that music is the privilege and essential of human beings.

All participants pointed out that music needed to strike a balance between the return to tradition, sustainable development and innovation against a fast-tempo, multimedia era under the influence of globalization.

Nowadays, do the value and role of music increase or decrease?

Anna Reid, Dean of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, where a lot of foreign students are enrolled, found that students from the music department are acquainted with each other and ready for cooperation. She therefore came to a conclusion that music is the finest tie that bonds friendship.

In the interviews with those presidents and heads, “global village” is a key word occurring at the highest frequency. It is held by interviewees that music is the golden key to the gate of human progress, and that the popularization and development of music will push human civilization to a new height.

Music school epitomizes the national culture

Now that the macro value of music is widely recognized, how can it be brought into full play? All participants made a concerted call for further accentuation of music education’s role in today’s arts education.

Michael Houlahan, dean of the Academy of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, and Banawitayakit, Dean of the Faculty of Music at Silpakorn University of Thailand, argued that music educators are playing an increasingly important role in global diplomacy, culture, and economy. In the new historical period, music teachers themselves need to expand professional knowledge and groom students to become innovative and multi-skilled artists.

From recognition of music value to emphasis on music education, and then to opening up approaches to music education that are adaptive to the 21st century — all these opinions and suggestions are the new recipes for the development of music.

But for a specific country, how can the potential of music be maximized? It would never be as easy as mechanically copying mature models in existence.

On this issue, Frank Kouwenhoven, Chairman of CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research), clamored for music education, which would be deprived of any prospects, students would be disoriented and the national music development would be adversely affected if it was not rooted in the fertile soil of its own national culture.

What is the right orientation then?

The answer is to establish a music school of its own.

Across the world, many music schools are epitomes of their national music cultures, such as the Venetian Music School, the Viennese Classical School, and the New Russian School.

“Throughout the history of music, the emergence of ‘a School of Music’ marks the adulthood of a musical style or genre. It marks the music with a national cultural imprint and the essence of its cultures.” President of China Conservatory of Music, WANG Liguang made it clear from the very beginning that establishing a music school of its own is a milestone for a country ranking among the world civilizations.

The League corroborates the soft power of China

Is it possible to form the Chinese National School of Music ? (School refers to a musical style or genre)

The answer to this question needs to be offered by taking a look at more than 30 heads of foreign music conservatories converging in Beijing. It is quite interesting if we viewed from the perspective of China.

Among such foreign principals there are some Chinese sons-in-law, such as the Dean of BCU Birmingham Conservatoire, the Chairman of CHIME (European Foundation for Chinese Music Research) in Netherlands. In addition, some of them are partners to the Chinese side, such as the head of Bard College Conservatory of Music, whose speech was titled “Our Vision: Establish Sino-American Music Academy,” and the president of the Boston Conservatory, who, together with the director of admission, was readily poised to sign the strategic cooperation agreement as soon as possible because a contract will set their minds at ease as he asserted frankly.

Nevertheless, the majority of them came to Beijing with a yearning for the traditional music culture of China and the regret for the absence of Chinese National School of Music among the world music schools.

Young and senior talents and heavyweights gathered in Beijing. On the morning of September 12, the Global Music Education League was voted through and inaugurated by all participant conservatories as an important result of the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education. China Conservatory of Music was elected the director representing Asian music schools, and its president WANG Liguang elected Chairman of the Global Music Education League.

It is the great charm of the Chinese national school of music that attracted so many global peers to China with joint recognition of it, as unanimously noted by Ludovico Bramanti, Director of Conservatorio Rossini, Andrej Grafenauer, Dean of the Academy of Music at the University of Ljubljana, and Dmitry Yablonsky, Dean of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University.

“We put forward the Chinese National School of Music with the support of the excellent traditional culture of China to build the cultural confidence of our own and to form the cultural magnetic field of our own .” WANG Liguang believes that this is why presidents of the first-class conservatories worldwide have came to Beijing thousands of miles away, expecting to join hands with Chinese music institutions.

(Reported by Dong Cheng)

 

Global Music Education League Established in Beijing:

Wang Liguang Elected as Chairman

Published: 09-13-2017 18:10:56

Source: Xinhua News Agency

 

Xinhua News Agency (by ZHOU Wei and ZHAO Wanwei from Beijing, September 13) — The Global Music Education League, an important item on the agenda of Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, was founded in Beijing recently. With its members involving more than 30 world-class music schools from Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania, the League will evolve into a high-level platform in the field of international higher education of music

The Global Music Education League is committed to pushing ahead with establishing and carrying forward different cultural and music schools worldwide, and aimed to increase the exchanges and cooperation between international music institutions against the backdrop of globalization, develop global music education and build a world-class academic community that comprises music teaching, research, composition and performance. It strives to provide an international platform for musician training, teaching, research, resource development and exchanges, to create an international system of music education that is consistent with the development trends in the future, to push ahead with the development of traditional and classical music worldwide, and to increase the mutual understanding and communication between different music cultures. Meanwhile it is committed to eliminating barriers and purifying minds with the unique charm of music and making music an ambassador for world peace.

China Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Sibelius Academy, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Department of Music, the University of Chicago were elected as directors of the first council by all members of the League. WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, was elected Chairman of the Global Music  Education League.

It has been learned that after the inception of the Global Music Education League, academic resources of music worldwide will be pooled to prepare for the compilation of World Music Encyclopedia and to launch Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories. In addition, concerted efforts will be made by League members to initiate and organize top international music competitions. Meanwhile, the League will enable its members to share their quality resources, jointly cultivate students, exchange visits, mutually recognize academic degrees and credits, and carry out scientific research with concerted efforts.

 

 

Global Music Education League Founded in Beijing and Wang Liguang Elected as Chairman

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XINHUANET.com (By Zhao Biqing in Beijing, September 13) The Global Music Education League was established in Beijing on September 12, as an important agenda of the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education. The league covers more than 30 world-class music conservatories in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania, and serves as a rare high-level academic platform in the field of international higher music education.

The Global Music Education League is committed to promoting the establishment, inheritance and development of different music cultures and music schools around the world. It is aimed at strengthening the exchange and collaboration among international music education institutions, developing global music education, and creating an academic community of world-class music teaching, research, creation and performance in the context of globalization. It is also designed to build an international music platform for talent training, teaching, research, resource building, and exchange and cooperation, create an international music education system in line with the future development trend, promote the development of traditional music and classical music of all ethnic groups in the world, and propel the mutual understanding and exchange of national music cultures, thereby playing together the song of joy of human progress and making the music an ambassador of world peace.

It is reported that the league will gather music academic strengths around the world to prepare the World Music Encyclopedia and release the Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories, and will hold international top music competitions together with the league members. Moreover, the league will allow sharing of quality resources, joint training programs for students, exchange visits between teachers, mutual recognition of diplomas and credits, and joint research among the league members.

At the founding assembly, all the league members launched a vote for members of the Board of Directors. China Conservatory of Music (Asia), Eastman School of Music (North America), Sibelius Academy (Europe), Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Oceania), and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago (North America) were elected as members of the first Board of Directors with an overwhelming majority of votes. The members of the Board of Directors elected Wang Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, as Chairman of the Global Music Education League, by unanimous votes.

Wang Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, is an advocate of the Chinese National School of Music. He is a composer, professor and doctoral advisor. His works include symphony, chamber music, opera and film music. He is a winner of multiple national awards, including Huabiao Award, Golden Rooster Award, the Best Works Award, China TV Golden Eagle Award, and the Award for Creation of Favorite Songs in 1990s.

 

 

Chinese National School of Music: A Golden Symbol of Culture

—Interview with WANG Liguang, Chairman of the Global Music Education League and President of China Conservatory of Music

By Dong Cheng and Zhang Jinghua

 

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Q: Why is it necessary to established China’s own music school?

A: A school of music epitomizes a country’s cultural heritage and exchange. Throughout the history of world music, the emergence of a “music school”marks the establishment of a style and a genre. It marks the music with a national cultural imprint and the essence of diverse cultures. The success of many of the world’s “music schools” lies in rich cultural heritage which has been built up by full absorption of multiple nations’ outstanding cultural achievements and an endless emphasis on their own cultural development trend.

In response to the call of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, practitioners of music art must strive to establish the Chinese National School of Music that is supported by Chinese music resources, represented by Chinese art styles, communicated by Chinese musicians and embodied by Chinese music works, create outstanding music works featuring distinctive national characteristics and personalities, and cultivate a number of music talents inheriting excellent traditional Chinese culture.

Q: What is the process of the formation of the Chinese National School of Music?

A: All-inclusiveness is the greatest feature of the Chinese National School of Music that is ready to accommodate and learn from world cultures and has been constantly tested by experience. For example, LI Shutong composed the Farewell by using foreign tunes to depict Chinese scholars distressed at parting; XIAO Youmei tried to reproduce the glory of the Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers Dance by using Western orchestration; XIAN Xinghai composed the Yellow River Cantata in the form of Western Cantata.

The Chinese National School of Music came into being as a joint result of the thousands of years’ historical accumulation of Chinese civilization and the contemporary great renaissance. Its emergence fully reflects the cultural confidence and cultural consciousness of the contemporary Chinese people and is the only way to lead us towards a cultural power.

Q: Today, how do we carry forward the Chinese National School of Music?

A: “You may know rise and decline if you seek wisdom of ancients.” The development of the “music school” does not simply rely on composers “crossing the river by feeling the stones,” and the concept of “music school” does not exist only in historians’ literatures. Today, the Chinese National School of Music must be established at a new level, with in-depth cultural thinking and more important historical responsibility. “Learning from the history” and “seeking innovation” are both essential.

The Chinese National School of Music strives to inherit the Chinese civilization, absorb the essence and energy from national cultural treasures, and rejuvenate the ancient oriental music with new rhymes. Nowadays, an important task for us is how to extract the ideas, roads and measures of contemporary artistic development from the abundant historical heritages, so as to enhance the level of art education and guide the direction of artistic creation appropriately.

On the one hand, we must stand in awe of history and fully tap and sort out China’s cultural resources. On the other hand, we must respect the contemporary conditions. The big Chinese family made up of 56 ethnic groups have given birth to inexhaustible outstanding music elements, including “Xintianyou” roaring in the sky, gentle and elegant “Mo Li Hua,” Mongolian “long drawn songs” singing heaven and earth, and maniac and joyful “Mukam.” The excellent music achievements of different ethnic groups gather together, not only reflecting the wisdom of people, but also becoming inexhaustible sources of art for artists.

Q: What should the music education circle start with to promote the Chinese National School of Music?

A: Building the Chinese National School of Music is not merely the accumulation of works, but also touches on the music education. At present, we, based on the studies of Chinese ancient civilization, encourage inheriting the studies of Chinese ancient civilization, carrying forward the quintessence of national music, developing national musical instruments, and making Chinese music powerful. This is not a simple slogan, and it is necessary to capitalize on our own national characteristics more during daily teaching, so as to highlight the characteristics of Chinese culture in Chinese vocal music and Chinese instrumental music, including music theory and music creation. This concept has been recognized and praised by our world counterparts.

Moreover, we are making explorations in terms of three aspects. First, we adopt an open-minded and more inclusive attitude to accommodate the world’s outstanding cultures and attract world-class scholar artists, in an effort to fully realize the goal of first-class running of the school. Second, we carry out comprehensive teaching reforms and establish interactive education programs of music and the studies of Chinese ancient civilization, in a bid to enhance the artists’ cultural accomplishments and cast the great souls of artists. Third, we try to inspire music works that can go global

In conclusion, establishing the Chinese National School of Music, carrying out reforms of Chinese music education, and ultimately enhancing the qualities of Chinese people and highlighting China’s cultural soft power are the cultural responsibility of Chinese music conservatories and the historical mission of national art education professionals.

(By Dong Cheng and Zhang Jinghua)

 

Voice of Global Leadership on Higher Music Education

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Published:09-13-2017 04:00

Source: Guangming Online – Guangming Daily

At the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, more than 30 presidents of world-class conservatories were employed as professors by China Conservatory of Music, and they took a valuable photo. Photograph by Dong Cheng, reporter from Guangming Daily / Guangming Photo

 

Robert Martin (Director of Bard College Conservatory of Music)——

Seeking extensive cooperation with China is the consistent vision of our school, as we recognize the importance of China’s broad musical culture and its vital role in the development of world art. Thus, we will include the research of Chinese musical instruments and Chinese music in our undergraduate double degree programs beginning in the fall of 2018.

Xavier Bouvier (President of Haute école de musique Genève)——

Music is a universal language and an exchange medium that is widely used in culture and values. People need to listen to each other to share music. The ancient Chinese story telling “Bo Ya cut the strings” reminds us of the importance of competent audience for musicians.

Liu Hui (President of Shenyang Conservatory of Music)——

In the process of integration into the globalization of music education, Chinese art academies must always firmly hold the national character of music culture, shoulder the responsibility of prospering the national music culture and serving the people, and inherit and promote the glorious tradition of Luxun Arts College, thereby forming distinctive of school running characteristics, with adherence to tradition and courage to keep up with the times.

Fred Bronstein (Dean of Peabody Institute, the United States)——

Today, classical musicians face an unprecedented diversity of opportunities and a stage for showcasing their artistic talent. World-class traditional classical music art education alone is not enough for music professionals to stand on the world classical music arena, and they need to recognize the new challenges confronting them, manage to integrate themselves with society and directly face competitions.

(Interviewed and collected by Dong Cheng and Zhang Jinghua, reporters of Guangming Daily)

Guangming Daily (Page 07, September 13, 2017)

 

September 14, 2017

Global Music Education League Founded: Cultural Confidence Leads to Artistic Prosperity

http://culture.people.com.cn/n1/2017/0914/c1013-29535236.html

By Lin Lu

 

Published: 09-14-2017 09:04

Source: people.cn

 

Recently, the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education was held in Beijing and announced the founding of the Global Music Education League, and WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, was elected as Chairman of the league. The league covers more than 30 world-class music conservatories in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania, and serves as a rare high-level academic platform in the field of international higher music education.

In the future, the Global Music Education League will be normalized and adopts the chairman-director system with a tenure of five years. The league is committed to promoting the establishment, inheritance and development of different music cultures and music schools worldwide, propelling the development of traditional music and classical music of different nations in the world, and using the unique power of musical art to eliminate barriers and purify minds, so as to make music an ambassador for world peace. It is reported that China Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Sibelius Academy, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago were elected as members of the first Board of Directors with an overwhelming majority of votes.

Advocating the Chinese National School of Music is a cultural self-consciousness

As the initiator of the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, WANG Liguang was the most frequently asked “why the world’s top music conservatories and research institutions can be attracted to China and gather in Beijing?” “Cultural confidence,” he answered sonorously and powerfully. “How is it possible for a weak country with no cultural confidence to achieve the prosperity of art?” “What aspect of Chinese traditional culture can go global and how to go global?” He has been thinking over these issues a lot.

WANG Liguang told the reporter that all national music schools are branded with the characteristics of national cultures, so they can continue to develop consistently. As Chinese culture is growing with tenacity and vitality, establishing the Chinese National School of Music is the responsibility of China Conservatory of Music and a cultural consciousness. The Chinese National School of Music is not the reproduction of Western music, but instead, it is branded with the characteristics of the Chinese nation’s outstanding culture, so foreign artists will be deeply attracted.

“Music is a universal language that does not need to be explained, so it can serve as an ambassador of culture.” WANG Liguang said that this event is more than an artistic party, and it is dedicated to showcase China’s cultural soft power and serve the Belt and Road Imitative through the unique form of art education. He said that the establishment of the Global Music Education League not only represents the result of exchange and mutual appreciation of the world’s higher music education schools, but also symbolizes the effective implementation of the music education league mentioned in the speech of General Secretary Xi Jinping at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

It is reported that the league will gather music academic strengths worldwide to prepare the World Music Encyclopedia and release the Yearbook of Global Music Conservatories, and will hold international top music competitions together with the league members. Moreover, the league will allow sharing of quality resources, joint cultivation of students, teachers’ exchange visit, and mutual recognition of diploma and credit among the league members.

Making the Chinese spirit stand at the core of future Chinese artists

Some people say that music education amounts to singing and playing musical instruments. In Wang Liguang’s view, this understanding is clearly not profound enough. Compared to Guzheng, bamboo flute and other national musical instruments, some parents are more willing to let their children learn playing piano, flute and other Western instruments. He held that the ideas of “worshiping Western instruments” and “Western-oriented music education” still exist in some people’s minds. “In my personal view, this is not because Western instrumental music is more attractive than Chinese instrumental music, but because there are few Chinese instrumental music works, and some of the few works are not recognized by the public.”

“Let’s compare the violin with Erhu. Violin works, varying from the classical music by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven in the 18th century, to the romantic music represented by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and to the national music represented by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Dvorak, are rich in styles and subjects and worth hearing a hundred times, and no one is able to play all of these music masters’ works in his lifetime. However, Erhu works are inadequate. We may feel embarrassed that we have to play the Moon over a Fountain again and again from middle school to college and even to graduate school. Although it is not a common phenomenon, it does happen.” WANG Liguang said that this is only one aspect, and to find and solve the problem is the key to overcoming it.

WANG Liguang said, “To achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation requires huge cultural power and cultural confidence which cannot be copied but can only rise through inheritance and innovation. The cultivation of Chinese music talents stresses the needs to fundamentally strengthen the study and research of music education, composition and traditional culture, and maintain the profound recognition of traditional culture.” He made explorations in practice while thinking over this issue, putting forward the idea of school running by “inheriting the Chinese culture, raising the Chinese melody, training Chinese talents, and developing Chinese music,” in an effort to make the Chinese spirit stand at the core of future Chinese artists.

In the process of advancing human civilization, music art has already evolved into a noble spiritual pursuit. WANG Liguang has a unique appreciation of the charm of music. “If we say that ‘music is like a church for our heart, purifying our life and helping us get rid of vulgar thoughts and interests,’ this cannot be achieved by simply showcasing techniques. The art of music is derived from the nature, life, and sentiments of all mortal beings. Its cultural implications at multiple levels mobilizes the audience’s all the senses and aroused the audience’s deep thoughts, leading to a resonance of life through the combination of cultural feelings with the audience.”

The popularity of art examinations will not fade

Is the intense popularity of various art exams in recent years real or just a superficial phenomenon? WANG Liguang said that people’s desire for art and pursuit of artistic hobbies are prevalent in any era no matter before or after the reform and opening up, and such desire and pursuit may be even more intense especially when the material civilization was not fully satisfied and a spiritual sense of belonging was more needed. Speaking of art, it has always been the case. He thought people’s love for art cannot be simply measured as being professional or non-professional and it spontaneously bursts out from people’s heart.

“In fact, learning art is not just a simple academic study of art. The love for art, in fact, is the pursuit of life. With love for art to a certain extent, if one has professional learning opportunities such as going to a conservatory for further study, why not do it?” WANG Liguang argued that the popularity of art examinations will not only happen in recent years but also continue in the future.

During winter and summer vacations every year, we can see long lines at the registration of music grading tests, which is as popular as the registration for art examinations. WANG Liguang said art is derived from life and represents the best expression of emotions. People extricate themselves in the love for art and this is the charm of art. When an art lover learns art to enhance aesthetic cultivation, making progress year by year in the expression of emotions by art is surely an exciting thing. A grading examination is only designed for higher grading, but it is impossible to achieve professional training and enhance aesthetic cultivation through a grading examination.

Art education of a conservatory is designed to allow students to master a correct way to learn music. For example, for piano playing, students must master a correct playing method; for Erhu playing, students must also master a correct and scientific playing method, so that they can make fewer detours in the learning process. Everyone can achieve the ultimate goal of art. However, if your method is right, you may achieve it in probably five years; if your method is wrong, you may not achieve it in even twenty years. It is skills that play a role in this process.

(Editors-in-Chief: Wang Zhengqi and Cao Kun)

 

 

September 18, 2017

Global Music Education League Founded in Beijing

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Published:09-18-2017 08:28

Source:China Daily Website

As an important agenda of the Global Leadership Network on Higher Music Education, the Global Music Education League was recently established in Beijing. The league consists of more than 30 world-class conservatories in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania.

China Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Sibelius Academy, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago were elected as members of the first Board of Directors by voting of all league members. WANG Liguang, President of China Conservatory of Music, serves as Chairman of the Global Music Education League.

It is reported that the league will gather music academic strengths worldwide to prepare the World Music Encyclopedia and release the Yearbook of Global Conservatories, and will hold international top music competitions together with the league members. Moreover, the league will allow sharing of quality resources, joint cultivation of students, teachers’ exchange visits, mutual recognition of diplomas and credits, and joint research among the league members. (By Fan Weichen, reporter of China Youth Daily · China Youth On Line)

 

 

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