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ISME 29th World Conference: music links Beijing to the world

08-16-2010 14:52 BJT

Reporters were able to feel the academic atmosphere the moment they walked into the China National Convention Center. Various instruments were arranged in the hall and fans occasionally played with them. This is the first time that the ISME World Conference has been held in China, truly helping Beijing, a city that will soon develop into a global city achieve music without borders. Although people at the conference came from 65 countries with different cultural backgrounds, they found their own places through music.

Education not a serious topic anymore

More than a dozen teaching demonstrations are held by teachers committed to musical education at the ISME 29th World Conference each day. Reporters saw that the children would sit around on the floor and sing with their teachers. The teachers asked questions and the children answered by singing, which is quite different from the traditional education method. The children laughed from time to time, giving the impression that this method of teaching and learning is not boring but a kind of happy and fun way of delivering and imparting knowledge.

A magnetic card for children's musical education

A magnetic card for children's musical education

According to sources, music plays an important role in children’s education, especially for preschoolers, because children can exercise their hearing and learn to listen through music, and sense the surrounding environment and even the whole world. Therefore, music is particularly important for children’s early education and this is also one of the reasons that musical scholars around the world have gathered in Beijing.

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