Beijing Midi School of Music

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Beijing Midi School of Music (北京迷笛音乐学校), is a music school in Beijing, China, established in 1993. It is the first music school in China whose curriculum focuses on such modern musical genres as rock, jazz, blues, pop, Latin, country, funk, and fusion.


General information

Concert in the Midi School 1998

The school sponsors the popular annual Midi Music Festival and the Beijing Jazz Festival.

The Beijing Midi School of MusicRegistered with the Education Committee of Beijing's Haidian District, the Beijing Midi School of Music is the first school in China devoted to modern music. Upon the school's establishment in 1993, its mission was decided: To promote an artistic and humanistic theory of modern music while offering students classes is advanced musical techniques. The definition of modern music covers the genres that have developed since the beginning of last century - blues, jazz, rock, pop, Latin, country, funk, fusion and the various styles that derived from them. Since its birth, modern music has been absorbing a great deal from European classical music and the traditional music of all of the nations in the world. However, as "new" music, it has already achieved independence and maturity.

As a result, the study of modern music must encompass an analysis of its styles and characteristics, and students must obey its rules of study and practice. Because of the school's innovative approach, we guarantee that we are China's best professional school of modern music. An Intensive, Proven Teaching System Before joining Midi's two-year (1200-hour) program, students participate in a year-long preparatory course. During this year, the students of all departments acquire basic skills in and knowledge of modern and traditional music as well as English language learning. Through comprehensive and strict training, the two-year program at Midi aims at promoting the professional levels of students in music theory, ear training and sight reading, style and technique, rhythm, improvisation, arrangement, ensemble playing and production (including sound engineering and computer courses). In the first semester of the first year, students of all departments are required to study traditional music theory and basic harmony, as well as a host of other basic skills. Courses include a history of jazz and blues, which provides the students with an understanding of the birth and development of modern music; Latin music and Latin dance (a compulsory course throughout the two-year program), which reinforces the students' sense of rhythm and adds a layer of sensibility to students' approaches to music. There is also a compulsory English language course taught by foreign teachers.

thumb|400px|right|the school yard of Midi The second semester of the first year sees an expansion of the study and research of technique, singing and music theory across genres. In this phase the students focus on the blues in order to develop their improvisation skills. Simple ensemble playing also begins during this period. An additional course - basic jazz theory - is set for students majoring in guitar and bass, preparing them for an in-depth study of harmony in the second year. In the first semester of the second year, students decide upon their area of concentration by studying a wide range of music styles. The courses in ensemble work are conducted at this time, and students are required to form their own groups, entering the most "fascinating" phase of their study. Ensemble work is intensified in the following semester with courses in arrangement and jazz improvisation in order to upgrade students' practical skills. Compulsory courses in sound engineering and computerised music are also conducted to promote the students' understanding and abilities in the control of production equipment. Music publishers, producers, agents, recording engineers, editors, promoters and distributors visit the classroom, giving students the chance to learn first-hand from professionals in the music industry.

Beginning in September of 2003, the Midi School established a partnership with the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), which has the largest and professional contemporary music and jazz department in Australia. We will use 30 per cent of their courses and invite their teachers to visit, allowing second-year students to benefit from their approach to modern music teaching.

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In accordance with NMIT's course outline, our revised program consists of both lectures and practical classes. Year 1 - Full-time PA740 Addressing Copyright Issues PA741 Music Industry Overview PA742 Music Industry Application PA743 Simple Musical Accompaniment PA744 Onstage Skills PA745 Improvisation PA746 Performance Evaluation PA747 Ensemble Work PA748 Critical Listening PA749 Computerised Music PA750 Sound Mixing PA751 Performance Rehearsal PA752 Simple Composition PA753 Ensemble and Soloing PA754 Computerised Performance PA755 Music Theory PA756 New Technology Year 2 - Full-time PA762 Composition PA776 Arrangement PA764 Performance Technique and Repertoire Expansion PA765 Performance Rehearsal PA766 Artistic Development PA767 Applying Musical Knowledge and Artistic Judgement PA768 Harmony Analysis PA769 Musical Analysis PA770 Electronic Composition for the Screen PA771 Performance Improvisation PA772 Creating a Performance Program PA773 Leading a Rehearsal PA774 Sound Recording Production PA775 Promotion

Upon successful completion of the two-year course of study, students of guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, piano, vocals sound production and MIDI composition will be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Music from NMIT, a degree recognised throughout Australia as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework. High Quality Teachers and Texts After nine years of exploration and practice, Midi has established a strong team of teachers which include some of Beijing's most famous rock, blues and jazz musicians of both Chinese and foreign origins. Their solid theoretic basis and rich music experience provide a reliable guarantee of the school's education quality. The current principal teaching staff are: Yang Feng (heavy metal guitar), Zhao Wei (rock guitar), Long Long (ensemble playing and arrangement), Li Jie (blues guitar), Lawrence Ku (jazz guitar), Huang Yong (bass), Yuan Bo (bass), Lu Xun (drums), Lu Tingquan (saxophone), Xia Jia (jazz piano), Tara Shingle (jazz theory, modern piano), Yasmina (Latin dance and music), Zhao Su (piano), Wang Hua (vocal), Zuo Jia (harmony, rhythm), Zhao Sitong (music theory, SOLFEGGIO), Xin Hongmei (computer composition), Wang Mengyun (sound engineering and recording production). In addition to the musicians in our faculty, Midi invites world-renowned musicians from at home and abroad to guest-lecture, providing students the chance to gain a multifaceted understanding of different musical styles. In 1997, the State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs, the Office for Foreign Affairs of the Beijing Municipal Government, the Office for Foreign Affairs of the Beijing Municipal Committee of Education and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Public Security authorized Midi to employ these foreign experts. Systematic and high-quality textbooks are very important in any teaching system. Throughout its history, Midi has always been introducing, translating and renewing its textbooks. Midi has translated over ten books, including Richard Daniels's Blues Guitar Inside and Out, Troy Stetina's Heavy Metal Lead Guitar, John Scofield's Jazz-Funk Guitar, Jamey Aebersold's Jazz Rhythm Section, Thom David Mason's Ear Training for Improvisers and more. According to the development of the courses and demands of the teachers, the school also provides the students assistant teaching materials of various music styles. A Total Learning Environment Since Midi moved to its current campus in 2001 the school has experienced a major upgrade in teaching facilities, student accommodations and sustainable development potential. The new campus covers an area of almost 5 acres with space for an office and teaching building, a dormitory building, a recording studio and over 3 acres teaching and rehearsal space, a large performance hall and fully equipped professional classrooms. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to practise what they learn in class, students have 24-hour access to over 100 rehearsal rooms. The new campus is located next to Xiangshan (Fragrant Hills) park and the Beijing Arboretum, and is surrounded by almost 100 acres of orchards and fields. Outside the school gate is the West Fifth Ring Road, where public transportation provides access to the city centre. Midi also takes part in international music exchanges, providing each student with opportunities to experience music from around the world. We have established long-term partnerships with the cultural sections of foreign embassies and each year at least 10 prestigious musicians or groups come to Midi to teach, perform and exchange with the help of their respective embassies. Meanwhile, through various other channels, Midi also invites outstanding foreign musicians to come as short-term resident tutors. As the result of Midi's continual educational efforts, Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company (publisher of Guitar magazine and others) has set up a yearly scholarship for the school's best students. Additionally, Beijing Blue Thrash Musical Instrument Company provides a "Blue Thrash Scholarship", and Beijing Liao Shi Guitar Company awards the best students with high-quality hand-made guitars and basses. The teaching and promotion of modern music is still a new undertaking in China.

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And while youth implies a lack of experience, it also represents the ability to gain pure pleasure from studying, exploring and progressing. The Midi Modern School of Music, along with our students, takes great pleasure with every new challenge and success on the road to a modern musical education.

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Major events

In addition to the individual festivals (Midi Music Festival and the Beijing Jazz Festival), the following events were held by the Midi School:

Directions to the school

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The Midi School is quite far away from the center of Beijing. To get there, you can take the 360 bus from Xizhimen, the 630 from Wudaokou or the 714 from Fuchengmen and get off at the Ruiwangfen stop. See the Midischool BBS
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for detailed maps.


phone: 010-62590101 62590007 (Mon - Fri 8:30-12:00、13:30-17:30)

Address: NBeijing Midi School, No. 12 RuiWangFen Jia (瑞王坟甲12号), Haidan District, Beijing, China (6259 0101/0007/0008)

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