Doctoral Student Co-Authors Jazz Textbook for Chinese Market

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Lishan Xue, doctoral student in piano performance, has recently published Learn to Improvise with the Shanghai Music Publishing House. Co-written with Tom Walsh, professor of saxophone and chair of jazz studies at Indiana University, this text offers jazz instruction in Chinese (Mandarin). 

Covering elements of jazz history, music theory, listening, and with numerous improvisation exercises, Learn to Improvise aims to fill an important role in spreading knowledge of American jazz through China. 

Ms. Xue has also been appointed Associate Professor of Piano at Guangxi Art University of China, located in Nanning, Guangxi, China. In addition to teaching and writing, Ms. Xue is very active as a performer and has won several international piano competitions, most recently taking First Prize in the 2019 OnStage Competition in the solo piano category. At Illinois she is both a co-winner of the 21st Century Piano Composition Competition (2019) with composer Zhaoyu Zhang, and a Krannert Debut Artist (2018). 

Lishan Xue is a student of William Heiles, and has studied organ with Dana Robinson and harpsichord with Charlotte Mattax Moersch.

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