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Free Gayageum classes at the KCC

Many readers will have seen KAA Chairman Jung Ji-eun perform on her gayageum at various events. Now you can have some free classes from her at the KCC. Download an application form from the KCC website.

Korean Music Classes: Introducing the Gayageum

Would you like to learn a Korean Musical Instrument? The Korean Cultural Centre UK is now taking applications for our free 10 week course, Korean Music Classes: Introducing the Gayageum.

Jung Ji-eun performs on the gayageum
Jung Ji-eun performs on the gayageum in front of Hwang Jihae’s DMZ Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, 21 May 2012. (Photo courtesy of

With this free course taking place weekly between 17th April and 26th June 2013 students will discover Korea’s most famous instrument, the Gayageum. This 12 string zither can produce a range of sounds and melodies and by the end of the course students will be able to play a selection of famous Korean pieces.

Application Window:
Application forms must be completed and sent to [email protected] before 5pm on 6th April 2013. (Application forms received outside of the application window will not be accepted). Once the Application Window has closed, the names will be collated and 10 participants will be drawn at random using our computer software.

Details of the Gayageum Course
1) Date: 17th April 2013 ~ 19th June 2013 (10 Weeks)
2) Time: 18:00~19:00
3) Venue: Multi-Purpose Hall at the KCCUK
4) Minimum Age: 18 years and over
5) Documents: Application Form (available on the KCCUK website)
Email: [email protected] / Fax: +44 (0)20 7004 2619
In person or post: Korean Cultural Centre UK, Grand Buildings, 1-3 Strand, London WC2N 5BW
※ Application forms received outside of the application window will not be accepted.
※ Postal applications must arrive by 5pm on 6th April 2013.

About the Gayageum

The term Gayageum is divided into two parts, Gaya and Geum. Gaya refers to an ancient Korean Kingdom, and the Sino-Korean word Geum refers to a stringed instrument. Therefore the name Gayageum refers directly to the Geum of the Gaya Kingdom.

There are three different kinds of Gayageum: 12-stringed Court, Sanjo Gayageum and the 25-stringed Modern Gayageum. This course is based on the 12-stringed variant of the Sanjo Gayageum.

The sanjo Gayageum is the most wide spread form of Gayageum in Korea. Sanjo, literally means scattered melodies, a musical form involving some Improvisation. The Sanjo Gayageum was developed in the late 19th Century for playing Sanjo music and folk music.

This Gayageum Course will present a delightful journey into the traditional music of Korea where students will learn typical musical scales and various playing techniques. This course is for beginners but students must have a basic knowledge of reading music to apply for this Course.


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