North American Guqin Association

Summer intensive guqin class with Wang Fei

Dear Qin Friends,

The guqin is a unique Chinese musical instrument with many playing techniques that needs to be taught orally by masters. Unfortunately, there are very few guqin teachers in the United States. More and more people are people are becoming fascinated by the guqin but cannot find a qualified teacher. Even self-teach is very difficult because there is no English instructional material.

NAGA’s intensive four-day summer workshop spread over four weeks is starting now.

Courses objectives

The goal of this workshop is to enable participants to experience what the guqin is, and learn authentic guqin playing from a master in a very short period. The course will concentrate on the major left and right hand techniques.

Participants will meet other people with the same interest from different areas and make qin friends.

Special event

On the afternoon of July 22nd, NAGA will organize a yalon in the Japanese Garden in Hayward, CA, at which participants will experience guqin music in a natural environment as shown in many ancient paintings, meet old and new friends, enjoy flowers and goldfish, recite poems, sing opera, take photographs, discuss a variety of topics as well as share your recent worldwide travel experiences etc.

After the workshop

1.NAGA recently established a new office in Beijing which will be devoted to international guqin cultural exchange and will introduce a guqin-themed hotel, restaurants, concert hall, theater, exhibitions, recording studio, qin making studio, qin classrooms with bilingual instruction, etc. Our 2012 international NAGA class + cultural tour will take place from October 18-25. All participants can enroll in that tour, coming soon. Please see our past tours at


2.Local participants can continue their guqin study by joining the upcoming advanced guqin class “Chinese poetry through the guqin: a practical tool to learn Chinese language and culture”, and learn traditional guqin pieces. This course starts Nov 3rd. For details, please visit

3.Non-local participants can teach themselves by following NAGA’s instructional material set (book, video, Chinese English dictionary of guqin terms, etc).

Times and dates

1.     Individual sessions are starting now. Please contact to make an appointment. Each session lasts 1.5 hours.

2.     Group lessons, Sundays, 1 to 4pm, start whenever 5-8 people register and the classes are filled.


$400 for 4 sessions


Union City, CA. Address to be announced after registration. Accessible by public transportation.

Class size

Because we intend to run a beginner-friendly group using a traditional teaching style, one student per guqin, space is limited.


Instruments can be rented for the full 4 sessions duration of the course (normal cost $50); rental can be credited towards the purchase of a qin. Instruments can also be purchased from the teacher.

Participants who enroll and pay before July 30th will have free guqin rental, and will be able to take the instrument home to practice. Please register now.

Chinese music specialist and NAGA class sponsor will provide discounts for participants enrolled in the 4 week class, with prices of guqins starting from only $199 (please see the description of each model recommended for participants enrolled in this class).

Good guqins will be provided for use during the classes, one for each student. Participants do not need to bring their own instruments.


Classes will be led by NAGA Director and China Guqin Committee Council member Wang Fei. Wang Fei has a background in classical Chinese literature and guqin music and has been a Mandarin news host and producer at China National Radio. She studied guqin under Professor Li Xiangting, one of the great guqin masters of this century, since 1985. She has inherited the traditions, styles, concepts and masterpieces of her “grand teachers” Zha Fuxi, Wu Jinglue and Guan Pinghu, the three greatest guqin masters of the last century, and transmits them through her guqin teaching, performance and promotion in the western world. Wang Fei is one of the few guqin teachers who offer guqin lessons in traditional form, covering both guqin playing and guqin study. She has won several awards for Chinese music, has toured internationally and has given speeches, lectures, workshops and seminars on the guqin at many prestigious universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and the Central Conservatory of Music. She has also given presentations on Chinese culture to many Fortune 500 companies.

For a brief introduction to the guqin in English,please see

Please follow Wang Fei on Facebook
Wang Fei's Chinese twitter, one of the most popular guqin weibo pages:



The number of places is limited, and space is available on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register now! Email registration is highly recommended! Please click here for registration form and email to

For details of any of these classes and to enroll, please email

About NAGA

The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to the public presentation and preservation of the art of the guqin, spreading community appreciation of Chinese culture through the traditional art of the guqin and building a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American communities. NAGA offers guqin classes, performances, recordings, workshops etc.

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