School Songs Project

“School Songs Project” Going Smooth



May 14, 2011.


The public service activity “School Songs Project” was firstly initiated by Beijing Modern Music Festival at the Central Conservatory of Music in 2010. By motivating music professionals and warm-hearted citizens to compose school songs for elementary and middle schools around the country, especially those in the underdeveloped regions of west, it aims to fasten the development of music education in China and to cultivate the younger generation’s personality with music being their spiritual nourishment. The project received tremendous support from the China’s Ministries of Education, Culture and Finance. Owing to its high-level executing platforms and music pieces, it contributed a great deal to the middle school aesthetic education in the poverty-stricken areas of the west, particularly in the Tibetan-inhabited areas.


Xiaogang YE and CHEN Xunru visiting Memorial Museum of Red Army

Xiaogang YE, vice president of the Central Conservatory of Music, led an observation team of music professionals to Yunnan and Guangxi provinces, delving deep into local cultures and the students’ daily lives in the hope of enriching the school songs and bringing music closer to the locals’ life. LIU Sola, an alumna of CCOM and musician-composer-writer all in one also visited the two places on invitation, together with the staff from Chinese Literature Foundation, which donates large amount of books to the local schools. When arriving at Shangri-La of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunan province, the observation team received warm welcome from local people and government leaders. At a meeting with the team, Vice chairman of Yunnan Political Consultative Conference Chen Xunru expressed his strong interest in the school song project and his cordial support to the program. “This public service program has far-reaching effects, I sincerely hope by working with CCOM we can carry it out widely”, as quoted by him. 


Xiaogang YE and his team visited two primary schools. In talks with teachers and students, team members realized the plight their schools facing: lack of musical instruments, shortage in professional teachers, and harmonic distortion of the remaining instruments due to the lack of professional maintain. When told that some folk musical instruments likexian zi are not included in the teaching syllabus, YE said “Ethnic minorities are innate in singing and dancing, and it would be a great loss for them if their musical instruments are not covered in school education.” “We should attach more attention to the folk music in our aesthetic education. The ethnic music and instruments are precious treasuries for the entire humanity, we are obligated to preserve and promote them.” In the Tibetan Grammar School, the team met a local teach Suolang Duojie, He was very much amazed by the idea of establishing a Youth Choir, “I always expect my students to have all-round abilities so they can reach places far beyond Shangri-La and play their part in making our country more prosperous……We Tibetan schools also need school songs with lyrics and tunes with unique elements of our nation.” “It’s not just that lyrics of school songs should reflect students’ school lives, but they shall inherit and promote local culture and broaden the students’ vision,” said Xiaogang YE.

Professor Xiaogang YE and Ms. LIU Sola visiting local Tibetan inhabited areas