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Famous tenor Dai Yuqiang gives a public lecture on art education for teenagers on July 10. [Photo by Wang Yiming/China.org.cn]

Famous tenor Dai Yuqiang delivered a public lecture titled "Sing with Dai Yuqiang – stepping into the artistic world of teenagers together," organized by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF) Science & Culture Center for Young People on the evening of July 10.

His lecture is part of the "Public Lectures given by Masters" program launched by the organizer, which invites influential artists to interact with audiences on various kinds of art forms to nurture artistic appreciation among teenagers.

Dai Yuqiang shared with over 500 attendees, mainly teenagers who were studying art, as well as their parents, about his insights in music education. Some students of the Science & Culture Center even performed on stage and received one-to-one guidance from Dai.

"Music education can facilitate a child's all-round development and also serves as 'the key to wisdom.' Music can have a powerful influence on kids in areas such as cultivating imagination, enhancing the appreciation of the arts, as well as improving their general performance and confidence," said Dai. As the first and only Chinese student of Luciano Pavarotti, professor of the Academy of Opera in Peking University, Dai has, in recent years, dedicated himself to promoting music education among teenagers.

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Dai teaches singing techniques to a teenage performer. [Photo by Wang Yiming/China.org.cn]

Dai also gave guidance to some students on their singing techniques after watching their performances. Huang Zhe, director of the Center's vocal music department, said that Dai taught the teenagers singing techniques in a straightforward and humorous manner. He added that Dai's advice also helped the audience improve their appreciation of music.

When asked about art education for their children, some parents in the audience said that their children had signed up for various kinds of art activities or courses such as singing, dance, piano, and violin.

"My daughter has a busy schedule this summer. She will participate in a film shoot and fly to Austria for a choir performance. Back in August, she had to take part in her school's rehearsal," said the mother of a girl who sang in the lecture, adding that, "We enroll our child in various arts-related courses and activities not because we want her to be a professional singer or pianist. Actually, we believe, just like Mr. Dai said, art education is an essential part of a child's development."