© 2023 by Cici Jingyuan Kong

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I was born in Dalian, a beautiful coastal city where I started my musical journey when I was four. I spent a few years singing in a Children's Choir until I was nine. I started to learn Pipa (Chinese Lute) when I was seven.

 

When I was eighteen, I moved to Xiamen, where  I  achieved my bachelor degree in Music Performance from Xiamen University (2012), majoring in Pipa, minoring in Ruan(plucked stringed instruments) and Ocarina. During my undergraduate study, I formed bands, participated in music competitions and performed in numbers of quality events in China. In February 2012, I represented Xiamen University to perform with the Student Art Group in Liberia and Nigeria. Later in May, I held my solo concert at Xiamen University.

 

In 2013, I came to Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world, to work for the Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington as a mandarin language assistant for two years. I worked in the office of the Confucius Institute. I assisted to teach Chinese language classes for students at Victoria University and offered Chinese language classes for primary school-aged children at a community centre. I offered a number of music workshops in schools and communities and performed in quality events. I love sharing my music with people. We interact enthusiastically through singing, dancing and playing rhythm patterns together. I feel delighted and empowered when I am sharing music with people because we spread happiness and love together.

 

In 2018, I completed my two years of music therapy training from New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington and I graduated with a master degree in Music Therapy in December. I had eight months of work experience in the Special Learning Centre at Avalon Primary School in 2017. I also worked on the children’s ward in Hutt Valley Hospital and Manor Park Private Hospital (Specialist Hospital/Dementia Care) for three months, as part of my music therapy training in 2016. I really enjoy working with people and I learned a lot from them. I feel so excited to choose to be a music therapist because my desire to help people who have complex needs could be realized through my music.

I am now working for the Confucious Institute at Victoria University of Wellington and China Cultural Centre in Wellington as a Discover China music instructor and a music teacher. I also work at school and a couple of rest homes as a music therapist.

 

我毕业于厦门大学,音乐表演专业,主修琵琶,辅修阮和陶笛。2012年, 我作为厦大艺术团的一员,赴非洲利比里亚和尼日利亚进行为期半个月的访问演出。 同年5月,我在厦大艺术学院音乐厅举办了个人的毕业音乐会。2018年,我获得了维多利亚大学新西兰音乐学院的音乐治疗硕士学位。在音乐治疗的学习期间,我曾在惠灵顿当地的儿童医院、老人院和一所小学的特教中心实习。

 

2013年至2014年,我曾担任维多利亚大学孔子学院的汉语助教老师,致力于汉语教学和中国文化推广。现在, 我担任惠灵顿维多利亚大学孔子学院“发现中国”文化项目的音乐老师,在当地中小学和社区介绍和推广中国音乐, 我也是惠灵顿中国文化中心的琵琶老师。 我还在惠灵顿当地的学校和几所老人院担任音乐治疗师的工作。

 

●Won the gold prize in Chinese traditional instruments competition in Cross-strait Art Festival in Fujian province, China, in 2009.

●Won the gold prize in Chinese traditional instruments competition in Chinese Music Star Selection in Fujian province, China, in 2010.

●Won the honourable prize in Chinese traditional instruments competition in Chinese Artists Selection in Fujian province, China, in 2010.

●Won "Guanghua" scholarship and honoured as an"Outstanding student leader" in Xiamen University, China, in 2011.

●Honoured as an "Excellent student" and "Excellent graduate" at Xiamen University, China, in 2012.

●Achieved International Chinese Teacher Volunteer Certificate, in 2015.

●Achieved Yoga for Kids and Families Teacher Training Certificate, in 2017.