Singing Legends, Dancing Lions

by  Manhattan School of Music

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Singing Legends, Dancing Lions: An Exploration of Chinese Music Traditions
Travel to the Far East for an exciting exploration of Chinese music traditions. Teaching artist Jing Yang reveals the secrets behind Beijing Opera and the Lion Dance with live music, engaging videos, interactive movement and more. Students will learn Chinese words and characters. A perfect program for classes looking for an enriching cultural journey.

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About This Program


By Request: $200.00


45 minutes or one regular class period

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Foreign/World Languages, International, Performing Arts Music Performance

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made at least two (2) business days prior to videoconference session. Failure to do so will result in a cancellation fee equivalent to the program fee.

Weather Policy
In the event of severe, inclement weather preventing a scheduled videoconference session from occurring, Manhattan School of Music and partner will reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue. Manhattan School of Music and partner agree to notify one another should there be a forecast for severe, inclement weather at their respective location. Please contact David Marsh at dmarsh@msmnyc.edu immediately to coordinate appropriate action.

Technical Troubleshooting Policy
In the event of technical malfunctions or disruptions that arise before or during a scheduled videoconference session due to network carrier(s) services or videoconferencing technologies on the Manhattan School of Music or partner premises, Manhattan School of Music and partner technical support services will make every effort to remedy these issues in a timely, cooperative, and efficient manner so that the scheduled conferences may proceed as scheduled. If it is determined that the session cannot proceed, Manhattan School of Music and partner agree to reschedule the conference in a timely manner so that the educational collaboration may continue.
If technical difficulties arise which prevent the class from continuing after the class has been underway for at least 30 minutes, the class will be considered complete and will not be rescheduled.
If technical difficulties arise and the class is unable to begin within 30 of the scheduled start time, Manhattan School of Music will reschedule the class at a time that is mutually convenient for all parties.

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Manhattan School of Music

New York, NY
United States

Manhattan School of Music

Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today MSM is recognized for its more than 1,000 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.

The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing doctoral studies. Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege Division is a highly competitive and professionally oriented Saturday music program, dedicated to the musical and personal growth of talented young musicians ages 5 to 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.

Distance Learning

In 1996, under the pioneering influence of Maestro Pinchas Zukerman, President Marta Istomin, and Dean Christianne Orto, Manhattan School of Music instituted a groundbreaking distance learning program — the first of its kind at a major conservatory — devoted to exploring the use of state-of-the-art videoconference technology for music education and performance. Since its inception, the program has connected students, educators, and distinguished artists around the globe for teaching and learning exchanges and currently reaches over 1,700 students each year from Albuquerque to New Zealand.

Through the development and creative use of broadband videoconferencing and related instructional technologies, Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning provides access to artistic and academic resources that enhance students’ education in musical performance while heightening the global community’s awareness of and participation in the musical arts.

Specifically, the program provides interactive videoconference master classes, private lessons, clinics, workshops, coachings, sectionals, colloquia, educational and community outreach, telementoring, professional development, and humanities exchanges to institutions of higher education, K–12 schools, and performing and community organizations around the world. New program areas currently under development include remote auditioning and recruitment via videoconferencing. 

K-12 Programs 

With over a decade of experience in the field of distance learning and as the first conservatory in the nation to utilize videoconferencing for K-12 music education, Manhattan School of Music has adopted the key elements of presenting successful music education programs via videoconference. In addition to giving students access to world-class musicians and stimulating artistic perspectives, Manhattan School of Music ensures that the quality of videoconference transmissions are of the highest technical standards possible.

Through the
Music Bridges and Virtual Music Studio programs, Manhattan School of Music offers a wide variety of standards-based music and music-related presentations to public and private schools throughout the country. The New York State Learning Standards for the Arts are incorporated in program design, content, and assessment, as well as links to core subjects such as social studies and history. 

Music Bridges is a selection of music programs that feature distinguished Manhattan School of Music artist-faculty teaching elementary, middle, and high schools students. These interactive videoconference programs are designed to engage students in areas ranging from musical performance, to instrumental and vocal coachings, to developing an understanding of the building blocks of music. 

Virtual Music Studio features a variety of videoconference programs developed and presented by a roster of distinguished Manhattan School of Music young artist alumni. These teaching artists -instrumentalists and vocalists who have attained a high level of professional proficiency at their musical craft - are up-and-coming educators who also serve as role models and mentors to students within the context of the dual learning process. Each program includes pre-videoconference teaching materials, one class period–length videoconference presentation, and a post-videoconference development guide.

All of the above programs are fully on-demand. Presentations are scheduled to accommodate the timetable of the requesting school, and can even be modified to better fit certain grade levels, age groups, curriculum needs, or requirements. Please read on for testimonials from past participants on how Manhattan School of Music’s interactive videoconference music education programs have benefited their students.

David Marsh

Program Details


An MSM teaching artist will lead the presentation on two main topics - namely, Beijing Opera and the Lion Dance.


Participants will:
- engage in activities to learn about Chinese cultural traditions
- enjoy, describe and move to live music and audio/video examples
- discover the ways in which music fits into Chinese culture
- learn basic Chinese words and characters

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards for Speaking and Listening (Common Core)
Grade 2
Comprehension and Collaboration
1d Seek to understand and communicate with individuals from different backgrounds
3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
6 Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification
Grade 3
Comprehension and Collaboration
1d Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion
1e Seek to understand and communicate with individuals from different cultural backgrounds
3 Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
6 Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification
Grade 4
Comprehension and Collaboration
1c Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others
1e Seek to understand and communicate with individuals from different perspectives and cultural backgrounds

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language (Common Core)
Grade 2 and 3
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
5a Identify real-life connections between words and their use

National Arts Learning Standards

Core Standard: Performing, Presenting, Producing

Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.

(MU:Pr4.2.1) a. With limited guidance, demonstrate knowledge of music concepts (such as beat and melodic contour) in music from a variety of cultures selected for performance.

(MU:Pr4.2.2) a. Demonstrate knowledge of music concepts (such as tonality and meter) in music from a variety of cultures selected for performance.

(MU:Pr4.2.3) a. Demonstrate understanding of the structure in music selected for performance.

(MU:Pr4.2.4) a. Demonstrate understanding of the structure and the elements of music (such as rhythm, pitch, and form ) in music selected for performance.

Core Standard: Responding

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
(DA:Re.7.1.2) b. Demonstrate and describe observed or performed dance movements from a specific genre or culture

(MU:Re7.2.2) a. Describe how specific music concepts are used to support a specific purpose in music.

(MU:Re7.2.3) a. Demonstrate and describe how a response to music can be informed by the structure , the use of the elements of music , and context (such as personal and social ).

(MU:Re7.2.4) a. Demonstrate and explain how responses to music are informed by the structure, the use of the elements of music, and context (such as social and cultural ).

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

(MU:Re8.1.2) a. Demonstrate knowledge of music concepts and how they support creators’/ performers’ expressive intent.

(MU:Re8.1-4) a. Demonstrate and describe how the expressive qualities (such as dynamics and tempo ) are used in performers’ interpretations to reflect expressive intent.

Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

(DA:Re9.1.2) Observe or demonstrate dances from a genre or culture. Discuss movements and other aspects of the dances that make the dances work well, and explain why they work. Use simple dance terminology.

(MU:Re9.1.3-4) a. Evaluate musical works and performances, applying established criteria , and describe appropriateness to the context.

Core Standard: Connecting

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

(MU:Cn10.0.2) a. Demonstrate how interests, knowledge, and skills relate to personal choices and intent when creating, performing, and responding to music.
Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

(MU:Cn11.0.2-4) a. Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.

State Standards

New York
The Arts
Standard 1 - Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
1e Identify and use, in individual and group experiences, some of the roles, processes and actions used in performing and composing music of their own and others
Standard 2 - Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
2f Discuss ways that music is used by various members of the community
Standard 3 - Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
3c Discuss the basic means by which the voice and instruments can alter pitch, loudness, duration and timbre
3d Describe the music’s context in terms related to its social and psychological functions and settings (e.g. the roles of participants, the effects of music, uses of music with other events or objects, etc.)
3e Describe their understandings of particular pieces of music and how they relate to their surroundings
Standard 4 - Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
4c Identify the primary cultural, geographical, and historical settings for the music they listen to and perform