Sharing My Culture With My Harp (Part 1)

  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Status
  • Age Level
    Any Age

The Problem

Here, I want to share my cultural heritage and stories to heighten cultural awareness in my community.

Our Plan

I performed with my teacher and seven of her other students at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego. With two Japanese instruments, the shakuhachi and the koto, in our performance, we shared the music from Japan. As stated on their website, "JFG is an accredited museum that offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and cultural festivals to enhance appreciation and understanding of Japanese culture." The JFG's goal is to connect people of diverse backgrounds.

Themes Addressed

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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

I thought it was great, because I was able to share my instrument with the people visiting the Japanese Friendship Garden, and I also got to meet and speak with them.

Through this project I/we learned:

I learned that there are a lot of people interested in learning about other cultures and their origins and how everyone is connected.

What I/we might change:

We might include more songs that people may be familiar with, to connect what the audience knows and what we know.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite part of this project was meeting my teacher's other students and also some of the audience that came to speak with us at the end of our performance.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

If you ever have a musical performance, try to include bits of the background about your songs or your instrument in between your pieces, so that your audience knows what they are listening to and can understand.

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