Upcoming Events

Concert of ancient Chinese sung poetry

 Poetry/Concert March 29th 7:30 PM

Piano accompanist: Allison Blumenthal


St. Paul Episcopal Church
116 N Academy St,
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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Piano accompanist: Allison Blumenthal

Allison Blumenthal

Poetry is a treasure of Chinese civilization, and is the core of spiritual and emotional expression. Historically, especially during the Chinese Tang and Song dynasties (8th- 11th century), sung poetry was very popular in the imperial court. This concert program includes Shijing (Book of Songs, written before the 6th century BCE and edited by Confucius himself), and poems from the Tang and Song dynasties. The group of artists performing at this concert are highly accomplished singers and scholars from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music led by Dr. Yang Sai, a leading scholar on the studies of ancient Chinese music scores and poetry.

Chinese Ensemble Spring Concert

April 12th 8:00 pm 

Location: Hinton Hall

Wright Music Building, MTSU

Student Ensemble

Peace of Mind:

Exhibit on the Art of the Chinese Qin

March 11- April 17th


 Lecture/Concert: March 12th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Center for Chinese Music and Culture
503a Bell Street, Suite 1600
Murfreesboro, TN

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This is a rare exhibit focusing on the Chinese qin, a seven-string board zither that is considered the highest form of music in China. The qin was studied and performed by literati for self-introspection and personal advancement. The exhibit will feature instruments, displays or demonstration of instrument-making, calligraphy, the tea ceremony, sung poetry, and go (chess). The exhibition will be accompanied by live performance of Zheng Yi, Huang Zhilu, and Wang Xiqian, three qin artists from the Longren Guqin Culture Village in Fujian, China.



Group and Private Instrument instruction

MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture will start to offer Chinese instrument lessons to the Middle Tennessee communities in the Fall 2018. The instruments taught include zheng, pipa, yangqin, ruan, erhu, dizi, hulusi, and suona. The lessons for the Fall run from Jan 19 to April 12, 2019, total 12 lessons. Each lesson is 45 minutes. In order to meet variety levels and ages, the lessons can be arranged either as group lesson (3 max.) or one-to-one.

Lesson time: Saturday (occasional rescheduling is acceptable).Location: 503A Bell St, Suite 1600, Murfreesboro, TN.Ages: 6 or older.

Tuition: $180 per person (group lesson); $220 (one-to-one)

To register or need more information, please contact Dr. Chen (yi.chen@mtsu.edu). Looking forward to your participation.




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Dr. Mei Han
Mailing address
MTSU Box 168
1301 E Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001
Physical Address
Andrew Woodfin Miller, Sr. Education Center
503A Bell Street, Suite 1600, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
August-December 7th Mon-Fri 9:00 A.M- 3:00 P.M 
December 10th -January 13th CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK
Jan 15th-May 2nd Mon-Fri 9:00 A.M- 3:00 P.M