Guzheng Classes


Instructor: Garyan Wong
Time: Tuesday & Thursday 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: 3rd floor Mezzanine, Chinese Culture Center
Tuition: For Winter, Spring and Fall sessions (10-week per session), $400 per person for CCC members and $450 per person for non-CCC members; For Summer session (8-week), $320 for CCC member, and $360 for non-CCC member

Registration for Summer 2011 session: call 415-986-1822 or register online

Have you ever thought about learning an exotic instrument? If so, this opportunity at the Chinese Culture Center is perfect. This 10-week program is designed to introduce beginner students to this unique style of music. Steeped in history and beauty, the ancient technique of the Guzheng will be discussed, demonstrated and practiced during class periods. No age limit to attend the class!

2011 Guzheng Class Schedule:

Winter 2011 –

Tuesday and Thursday, January 10 – March 24 – Break from February 19 to 24 (Week of Presidents Day).

Spring 2011-

Tuesday and Thursday, April 11 – June 23 – Break on 5/28 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Summer 2011

Tuesday and Thursday, July 25 – September 22 – Break on 9/4 to 9/8  (Labor Day Weekend) Register now!

Fall 2011

Tuesday and Thursday, October 3 – December 22 – Break from November 7 to 12 (Week of Thanksgiving), and from November 21 to 26 (week of Thanksgiving)

What is Guzheng?

Guzheng, one of the numerous instruments believed to be indigenous to China, emerged during the Zhou Dynasty (c. 11th to 3rd centuries BCE). By the 8th century CE, it had 12 or 13 strings of silk, increasing to 16 (ultimately of copper or steel wire) and, from the mid-20th century, to 18 or 21. It’s a popular multi-stringed zither, with pitch-defining movable bridge under each of its strings. The strings are tuned to a pentatonic scale without half-steps (usually so, la, do, re, mi) over a 3-plus octave range.

About the Instructor: Garyan Wong

Hailing from a long line of Chinese scholars, David Wong is a lifelong student of traditional Chinese arts. He has studied guzheng (Chinese table harp) with virtuoso Liu Weishan, guqin (seven string zither) with Professor Li Xiangting, Professor Dai Xiaolian, and performer Wang Fei, traditional Chinese painting with Master Fu Wenyan, and tea culture with Tea Master Roy Fong. His interests also led him to graduate studies both here in the United States and abroad in China, researching and absorbing the depths of his Chinese heritage. As a member of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society’s original youth ensemble, with the support of Liu Weishan, Wong’s passion for teaching and introducing traditional Chinese music and culture lead to the establishment of Tranquil Resonance Studio, which carries on the mission of passing along these ancient traditions to the next generation through lessons, performances, workshops and lectures throughout the bay area.