On the afternoon of March 5, 2021, the SSI-L project team in Beijing area held an activity in the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University. Peng Menghua, the person in charge of the SSI-L project in Beijing area and an excellent teacher in Physics from the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, hosted this activity.
Based on their years of practices in“opening courses of making and playing electroacoustic musical instruments”, the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University carried out the SSI-L activity by researching the issue of “inheritance and innovation”. With perfect cooperation with each other, the research team presented a wonderful lesson to the participating teachers. Everyone can learn a lot from this activity.
At the beginning of class, Ms. Peng Menghua gave a lecture on making electroacoustic musical instruments for the teachers and students. He, together with the school’s music teacher Chen Huan, performed by their self-made electronic stringed instruments, winning everyone’s applause and cheers.
Next, Zhang Xiaoxue, the teacher from the Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, introduced the establishment and development of this course. She showed the works of previous students and expressed her expectation for students attending this course.
Then, the teachers and students went to the workshop (a lab) to pick up which instrument to make, prepare the materials and draw the designs. The lab is filled with all kinds of tools and instruments made by previous attending students. Teacher Han Lixin introduced the lab, especially how to operate the equipment by students themselves. He also reviewed the works of previous attending students and reminded the participants what they need to pay attention to during the process of choosing, designing and making the instruments, so to help students better know their direction. Teacher Song Baike mainly introduced the physical principles and notes needing attention when making the electronic stringed instruments, as well as the problems encountered by and experience learnt by previous students, and guided the students to choose the right instruments and make their own designs.
After the class, Ms. Lin Jing, head of the SSI-L project team had a meeting with the research team and other participating teachers. They discussed and exchanged ideas with each other. Ms. Lin gave her own views and suggestions. She spoke highly of what the research team has done and achieved and appreciated their hospitality and such a wonderful class open to others. She hoped that in the future, we can keep in contact and make progress together. She is looking forward to the next visit for learning and communication.