This website is a resource for music teachers around the world who want to teach their students Chinese songs in a culturally responsive way. The music featured in this project includes collections of traditional folk songs, popular music that everyone knows to sing along to, and songs for school children. This is an ever-growing collection of music that is commonly sung in China, in a format that is easy for English-speakers to learn.
Each song is transcribed into staff notation (and where possible, includes the original jiǎnpǔ, numbered notation), and has the words translated into English and written phonetically in Pinyin. Audio files of both the word pronunciation and the song set to music, as a well as a brief history of the song, are also provided.
This collection has been curated by Chinese music teachers, Guó Xiǎo Líng, Wáng Dì, and Zhao Yang in Shandong, China, translated by Ken Lam and shared with Kim Friesen-Wiens, a music teacher based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, during her travels through China. The goal is to give music educators greater access to Chinese folk music and to enable them to be more culturally responsive in their music making. Find out more about the Chinese Folk Songs Project.