UOS’s music educational policy analysis program, which explored learning how to play musical instruments, successfully ended on Feb. 14. This program was designed for any students interested in performing music. The students could learn how to play many instruments including piano, cello, violin, flute, and voice. The students could also give 50,000 won as a security deposit and borrow the instruments. For each instrument, a professor and an assistant taught an instrumental class.
It proceeded from Dec. 23 in 2013 to Feb. 14 in 2014, and the students held a concert in which they performed their skills to the full capacity on the last day in the Music Building. Those who improved their skills the most were awarded small prizes. Although most of the students involved in the program were beginners, they rarely stumbled and played good music. Their achievement showed that they had practiced very diligently. It was a highlight when Seo Ba-ro (School of Economics, ’10) played Feux Follet, one of Liszt’s Transcendental Studies and known as a very difficult piano song to play. Another good player, Kim Jung-min (Dept. of Chinese Language and Culture, ’09), performed the piano piece Turkish March, arranged by Volodos. Afterwards, she said that “It was a very worthwhile experience to learn from my professor how to perform this song that I had looked forward to playing.”
This program had been in place since the 2009 winter vacation. It has been so popular among UOS students that the number of applicants exceeded capacity every time. However, it ended this year. Seo Won-baek (School of Economics, ’11) said, “I was interested in this program because I could learn to play the piano or guitar on campus, but I feel sorry for its abolition.” Kim Jung-min, another participant, said, “I feel sad that this is the last year of the program. I hope that UOS continues to encourage students to enjoy other art activities, as well as physical activities at the Wellness Center.”