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Qidong Zhu, His Life and Pedagogy

Qiwei Li, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This document will discuss and examine the life and pedagogical teachings of Qidong Zhu. It is important that Qidong’s contribution be preserved for future musicians for several reasons. Qidong Zhu has contributed various types of resources to Chinese brass players, even though most of them are difficult to find or out of print. Not only was Qidong the first Chinese person to receive a doctoral degree in trumpet from outside of China, but he also earned both his undergraduate (Chicago Musical College) and masters’ (American Conservatory of Music) degrees from universities in the United States. He offered to his students what he had been taught from the U.S. and brought the advanced trumpet knowledge from the United States back to China, and modified his teaching to meet China’s nationalist standards since 1940s. There are several extant publications, master’s theses, and journal articles in Chinese that discussed Qidong, though without much detail. This document will serve as a more comprehensive legacy in English of Qidong Zhu’s life and pedagogy, including his trumpet arrangements, teaching philosophies, testimonies from former student(s), and overview of his publications as part of his pedagogy.

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Recommended Citation

Li, Qiwei, "Qidong Zhu, His Life and Pedagogy" (2022). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI29167495.