Concert celebrates 60th birthday of Minzu University music school

By Li Ping | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-11-08 14:23
Musicians perform folk music of the Mongolian ethnic group at Beijing Concert Hall, Nov 4, 2019. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Given that many Chinese parents nowadays tend to send their children to learn Western instruments such as piano and cello rather than Chinese ones, Bao said it's a problem that stems from historical adaptations.

"The higher education system in modern Chinese universities was adapted from the West. Traditional Chinese music didn't have much of a place in this system at the very beginning. Its proportion was very small, and the degree of specialization and systemization was not enough as well. As a result, the popularity of Western musical instruments outweighed Chinese ones," Bao explained.

"So we should start with young children and primary education, which I think will gradually cultivate children's passion for traditional instruments, traditional music and culture," he added.

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