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Join Us PhotoOur music programs offer students an introduction to traditional Chinese instruments and opera. Students learn Chinese music by playing Chinese plucking, bowing, wind and percussion instruments and by singing traditional Chinese songs. They are instructed in musicianship using the French Cheve method, learning note reading, pitch, rhythm and timing, sight singing and music theory.

Photo of Laney CollegeLocated on the campus of Laney College, the Great Wall Youth Orchestra & Chorus consists of advanced members of the Purple Bamboo Orchestra & Chorus, middle and high school students from various Oakland schools and students from the Greater Bay Area. Chorus classes are held Friday evenings while the orchestra practices on Saturdays, with separate sections for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

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Lincoln Elementary, based in Oakland Chinatown, is one of the only K-5 public schools in America that teaches music with Chinese instruments. The children in this program get their start by learning how to sing Do Re Mi. If they can sing on pitch, they may join the Purple Bamboo Chorus, or learn to play a music instrument. Lincoln is part of the Oakland Unified School District.

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