Guzheng – Joanna Zhong

Guzheng Lessons in Docklands

Full Name: Joanna Zhong (Founder JZ Centre Stage)
JZ Centre Stage – Guzheng Coach

Why do you love Guzheng? Your belief and teaching philosophy? Why do you love music?

To find the true beauty in music, you must be willing to seek and go beyond the melodies and lyrics. Your curiosity will allow you to visualise and make emotional connection with the story behind the music. This forms the foundation of what Shine Music Studio by JZ Centre Stage was built on – that music can break down all barriers found in culture, race, gender, social status and beliefs ultimately connecting more people promoting that there is only one race on this planet – the human race. Let your music speak!

A beautiful traditional Chinese instrument

Guzheng is a Chinese plucked string instrument with 21 strings, also known as the Chinese zither. It is a Chinese traditional instrument with more than 2,500 years of history. Guzheng has a very sophisticated character – gentle but powerful, expressive but introverted. In Chinese classical music, guzheng were often used to represent things as grand as mountain, also as delicate as streamlet. Guzheng players are always elegant and peaceful, like they just walked out from one of the Chinese paintings. The way to play and demonstrate guzheng music is connected very closely to Chinese philosophies. You must have a peaceful mind state to fully deliver the guzheng music, or vice versa, playing guzheng to develop a peaceful mind state. I love guzheng because of its tonality, every note connects closely and directly to the soul.

No matter children or adults, having ‘interest’ is always the NO.1 thing when comes to learning an instrument. A guzheng class should be full of joy. It is always good to give the students a brief idea of what guzheng is about – its history, character, tonality etc. Once the students have a general understanding of guzheng, then it is time to dip into the techniques. It is also extremely important for the students to know why they have chosen guzheng as their instrument. A note can sound completely different on guzheng if using different playing techniques. The teachers should always show the students the potential of guzheng and what guzheng is able to achieve on a music level. Combining students’ interests with the teaching curriculums and designing the curriculums accordingly will certainly boost the learning outcomes, and to give the student a memorable learning experience every time they go to a lesson.

As well as guzheng lessons, we also teach drums, piano, guitar, keyboard, vocal, pipa, and other private lessons.

Get on the way to mastering the guzheng today

At JZ Centre Stage, we’re committed to helping people achieve their musical dreams. Get in touch and start taking guzheng lessons close to Melbourne CBD today.