Melody of Dragon, a Chinese music ensemble based in New York City, was founded in 1998 by four virtuoso musicians from the leading conservatories in China to build a bridge of musical and cultural understanding. Chen Tao, leader and founder, is an internationally acclaimed Chinese flutist, music educator, composer, and conductor of Chinese orchestras, who gives interactive workshops on culture and traditions of China’s Northern and Southern regions, including the role of nature in Chinese music. In these workshops, students learn Chinese folksongs and poetry from the T’ang Dynasty. In concerts, musicians demonstrate the traditional Chinese instruments, perform a diverse program, accompany students singing, and invite students to play percussion. Grades K-5.