The 4TH Chinese Teacher Leadership School

“Teaching Chinese through Songs and Culture” Workshop Agenda

Teacher Training

Presenter: Hong Zhang and Zuyan Chen

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm

Massry Center for Business BB B008



Zu-yan CHEN is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of the State University of New York and Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Binghamton University, SUNY. He also serves as Director of the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University. Chen holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. His research interests include pre-modern Chinese poetry and poetics, Chinese culture, Confucianism, and language pedagogy. Chen is the author of seven books and numerous articles. He is also a sought-after speaker who has been given lectures at many universities in the U.S. and China.

Hong ZHANG is an internationally acclaimed singer and award-winning educator. Holding a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance, she has been an active soloist at many concerts and has been given numerous lectures, recitals, and workshops on Chinese music in the US and abroad. The places where she performed and presented include the United Nations and dozens of universities in America, China, Canada, Singapore, and Cuba. Zhang is currently a faculty member of Chinese and associate faculty member of Music at Binghamton University. Her students have won many awards in international competitions. Zhang has also co-authored Chinese through Song (SUNY Press) and Cultural Chinese: Readings in Art, Literature, and History (Georgetown University Press).


• The relationship between singing and speaking
• Basic singing techniques
• The steps of learning/teaching a song
• Voice care and self-improvement

What to bring:
• A favorite song with a sheet music (if you want to sing it for the workshop, We can play
the piano for you)
• A poem to recite for us (we will learn how to apply vocal technique to speaking)


APRIL 3rd, 2017, MONDAY

Check in/Breakfast/Ice breaker

Professor Chen’s lecture on “From Duality to Unity: A Cultural Chinese Approach”

PPT presentation: Why singing improves language students’ speaking ability: including
diction, articulation, fluency, and expression.

Short break

Learning basic vocal techniques and some songs: including postures, deep breathing,
open mouth, smile, legato singing, and voice projection, etc.
Learning songs in different forms: chorus, duet, solo and ensemble; knowing songs’ 
styles and basic mood; how to teach a song step by step; how to follow composer’s 
indications for the song dynamics, and how to express songs in a very vivid, lively 
and convincing way.
Lunch followed with group picture

Prof. Chen’s lecture on “Succeeding with Confucianism”

Continuing to learn songs using the aforementioned techniques.   


Q&A time and mini master class: teachers may present the songs they learned 
today; or sing their own songs; or the songs they plan to teach their students in future; 
and I will give some feedback or advice.

Closing remark by Director Youqing Huang
Evaluation & Certification


The Confucius Institute for China’s Culture and the Economy at University at Albany