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How do you reinvent poetry education to make it as engaging and exciting as possible?

TingTing Poetry Education

Marker Shanghai, China
A new way to teach traditional poetry education using music, art & television to create & use songs that are entertaining and appealing to children.

What is TingTing Poetry Education?

TingTing Hu
“We use music, painting and language to cultivate curiosity, interest and appreciation of traditional Chinese poetry and culture.”

TingTing Hu, Founder, TingTing Poetry Education

Poetry is almost it’s own language, in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. 

In over 5,000 years of Chinese history, tens of thousands of poems have been composed. Currently, it is compulsory for all young people in China to learn traditional Chinese poems throughout their education. However, previous teaching methods, such as reciting poems over and over until they are memorised, have left many young people bored and disinterested in poetry.

TingTing Poetry Education has created a unique, entertaining and engaging way of learning traditional Chinese poetry by combining songs and poems. These poetry songs are shared online, on TV and in musical concerts. Over 3,300 schools now use TingTing Poetry Education as one of their teaching tools.

The concept of TingTing Poetry Education is to develop different formats of music, visual art and language to make poetry more entertaining and appealing to young people. Learners can easily understand the meanings of the poems in poetry songs, with the goal of enhancing their emotional and cognitive development through promoting curiosity, good aesthetics, observation, memory and imagination.

By allowing students to sing and write songs with poems, and record and share these online, TingTing Poetry Education brings the fun of music and the ease of modern technology into traditional poetry education. Through feedback from parents, TingTing Poetry Education has seen magical changes in learners who have followed their programmes, even for a short time. Young people become much more motivated and interested in learning.

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Intended Outcomes
1 - 14
Age Group
Resources Needed
To reinvent poetry education in another country or language, one motivated teacher or parent is needed to make it happen! Young people need musical instruments or recorded music, and access to a platform where media can be shared, such as a computer, tablet, smartphone or TV.
HundrED Criteria
By combining poems with melody and encouraging learners to sing along with TingTing online or on TV, TingTing Poetry Education has motivated young people to learn traditional Chinese poems by themselves. Their learning experiences are now more fun and entertaining. With digital content available online, learners from rural areas and countries all over world can easily access high-quality poetry education.
Through the use of music and modern media, TingTing Poetry Education has hugely increased enjoyment and appreciation of traditional Chinese poetry among young people. As well as the reported fun & engagement TingTing Poetry is the no.1 popular children's tv show right now, along with it songs highlighting its popular methodology.
TingTing Poetry Education can be used all over world for anyone who wants to learn about traditional Chinese culture. TingTing Poetry Education has been used in over 3,300 schools and has subscribers from 45 countries through multiple online platforms. The most popular videos have received over 100 million views. The model can be also be easily adapted to any country with poems and music in a native language, to encourage learning of other traditional poems from around the world.

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So often people forget that song lyrics are poetry. I love how you have blurred those lines and created a program where students see how poetry can be present in different areas of their lives!
Brett Bigham
097【婷婷唱古文】 《古朗月行》李白
065【婷婷唱古文】 生查子 元夕 欧阳修
090【婷婷唱古文】 《木兰辞》南北朝 工作人员字幕版


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