November 15, 2007 09:13
World-renowned violinist Sarah Chang met with 12 elementary students from underprivileged families at Noryangjin church in Seoul on Tuesday.
In Korea to promote her new album "Four Seasons," Chang wanted to meet children who are learning her instrument. The children have been taking music lessons at community child care centers thanks to support from large companies.
Chang took the opportunity to share some pointers with the children, playing Bishop's "Home, Sweet Home." The young learners made a few mistakes and unpleasant screeches, but Chang encouraged them with a smile, saying, "Good, very good! Your playing is gorgeous."
Wherever Chang performs around the world, she tries to take some time off to visit local schools and share her love for the violin with children. "When I visited the Busan Boys Town welfare center several years ago, a children's orchestra at the facility performed for me. Their performance was great, but I was more impressed by their passion for music. Since then I've been trying to spend more time with children."
Music is the only way to really connect with people, Chang said. "When a family goes through economic troubles, the first thing parents cut is the children's music lessons. But I believe music is essential in children's education." The violinist promised to visit another school next time she was in the area.
"Music is not a luxury. Music refreshes old memories, such as what my mother was doing and how old I was when I head a song for the first time. It's important for young children to listen to all kinds of music." That means music is a part of our daily lives.
After her lesson, Chang and the children took another shot at "Home, Sweet Home" together. With Chang's lead, the children performed better and their sound became richer. One of the children, Kim So-yeon, said, "I want to become an excellent violinist and teach children how to play the violin, just like her."
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