Modern Tradition


Playing guzheng (zither) is a poetic way of experiencing traditional and modern Chinese culture. In this course, Dr. Lai integrates the appreciation of Chinese aesthetics to enhance students’ musicality. Students learn Chinese and Western tunes, guzheng techniques, music theory, solfège singing, rhythmic and ear training, and musicianship.

Sophisticated Simplicity


For Dr. Lai, the ukulele is a fun and meditative instrument that reveals the creativity of life. Starting with the delicacy of string touching, Dr. Lai leads students to explore the diverse quality of sounds. Skills building includes chord strumming, fingerpicking styles, music theory, solfège singing, score reading, music appreciation, and musicianship.​​