The Development of Music in China

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  • 8,000 BCE

    The Bone Flute

    The Bone Flute
    The discovery of the bone flute traces the origin of music in China to approximately 7,000-8,000 years ago.
  • 1,600 BCE

    The Nao

    The Nao
    Bells were very popular instruments during the Shang Dynasty. Nao were bells typically arranged in sets of 3-5, with the mouths facing upwards, that were decorated with the flattened faces of mythological animals.
    Traditional Chinese Bells
  • -600 BCE

    The Qin

    The Qin
    The Qin is a 7-string zither from China. The instrument has been associated with scholars and poets, who, in traditional Chinese culture, were typically male. The sound of the instrument resembles those of many bells playing together. In fact, in around 300 BCE, it was required for men to learn the instrument.
    The Music of China
  • 1300

    Chinese Opera

    Chinese Opera
    During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Chinese operas gained popularity as China gained influence from foreign religions and cultures. The Beijing Opera became a staple in Chinese culture and remains relevant today.
    The Dream in Visiting the Garden"
  • China's Loss In The Opium War

    China's Loss In The Opium War
    China's loss in the Opium war challenged traditional Chinese culture as the West and Japan were taking over. Students were sent abroad to learn about Western advances in different topics such as math and science which in turn began to change traditional Chinese music.
    Introduction to Chinese Music