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Xiaoqin Yao Professor

Academic Area: 
  • instruction
  • performance and research in the dulcimer and the zither

NameYao xiaoqin

Titleprofessor & master students supervisor

Educational background: graduated from School of Music, Nanjing University of the Arts(1986)

Research interests: instruction, performance and research in the dulcimer and the zither

Research projects:

the host of An exploration of zither playing course as a part of liberal arts education, a project in education sciences funded by Jiangsu provincial education authorities in eleventh-five plan

the host of A research of academic schools of the zither in Jiangsu province, a social science project in Jiangsu province

Journal articles:

A representative article Inspiration in Guqin-Zither music in national top authoritative journal: Chinese Musicology 2006.2

Core journal publications

On techniques and artistic expression in playing the dulcimer    2004.1 Arts Forum

A reflection upon level tests in dulcimer                        2002.3 Arts Forum

A research in instrumental music instruction for teenagers and its psychological analysis      2002.9 Preschool Education

Basic elements in the dulcimer training                       2005.1 Arts Forum

A sober contemplation upon craze for music among teenagers        2006.7 Preschool Education

A psychological and physiological analysis of performing the dulcimer   2006.12 Arts Forum

A couple of problems teenagers should pay attention to in learn the dulcimer   2006.12 Preschool Education


Published and released albums: resentment of Zhaojun, Chinese Dulcimer, eight notes in Chinese Music and so forth

Honors and Awards:

Many solo concerts and teacher-student concerts both home and abroad

Outstanding accomplishments in instrumental music contests both home and abroad

One student won the first prize in instrumental music in Chinese Eastern areas Folk Music Contest, 2002

One undergraduate student won youth group gold prize in the first National 10-Province/City Invitational Tournament held in Hunan province, 2003

Two postgraduates won gold prize and silver prize respectively in the first Shennong Cup National Dulcimer Contest, 2006

Undergraduates won the first prize and the second prize in young professional group in the first An’hui Year of Dragon Dulcimer Contest, 2012

One undergraduate student won the first prize in youth professional group in the first Nanjing Youth Instrumental Music Contest

Three zither students won Ten Best in Jiangsu sixth College Music Major  Basic skills competition, 2014.

Many zither students won professional B group silver medal in Taipei International Lehua Arts Festival and Contest, 2014.

She personally was honored the Excellent Gardener award a couple of times. she was awarded the Best Teaching Achievements by NNU in 2000 and Excellent Supervisor by Jiangsu provincial education authorities in 2014.

Academic title:

Member of World Dulcimer Association and Chinese Musician Association

Standing director of Chinese Ethnic Pipe and String Music Association Dulcimer Committee

Member of Jiangsu Provincial Ethnic Music Committee

Associate chairperson of Nanjing Dulcimer Association