From singing to percussion to music theory, our summer programs cultivate the passion for music and offer excellent opportunities for young musicians to improve their skills, both individually and as part of an ensemble. Private lessons are also available for an additional fee.
Explore the best of Western music infused with traditional Chinese wisdom. Students will become poised and cultured musicians, capable of gracing the stage with ease.
Private lessons available for pipa, violin, clarinet, piano, and cello.
Tuition: $60/Lesson (50 min);
The pipa is a famous ancient instrument found in the hands of heavenly maidens—such images can be seen in the cave murals found along the Silk Road. Playing pipa can improve hand-eye coordination as well as hand dexterity and audio perception. The pipa’s captivating ancient melodies are connected to beautiful legends and intriguing stories rooted in 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. The pipa’s measurements represent the three powers—heaven, earth, and man—and the five elements—metal, wood, water, fire, and earth. Its four strings represent the four seasons.
About the Teacher
Ms. Vivian Liu has been playing pipa since the age of 6. She is a student of famous pipa players Jing Yang and Yong Ge. Ms. Liu obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the China Conservatory of Music. She has been teaching kids afterschool for three years. Some of her students were admitted into top high schools for their achievements in pipa playing. Currently she is a pipa teacher at Northern Academy.