Playing the Violin
Yale University alumni Raymond Nobu Chang formerly served as the chief executive officer of New Focus Auto, a company based in Shanghai, China, which he helped become the largest automobile after-sales service operator in China. Before becoming a business executive, Raymond Nobu Chang played the violin for 12 years.
Among children and adults, the violin is one of the most widely recognized stringed instruments. While it is a beautiful instrument, what most people don’t realize is that there are numerous benefits to learning to play the violin.
One advantage of children’s playing the violin is that it expands their reading skills. According to a 2011 study by the Institute for Music and the Mind at McMaster University, there is a positive correlation between musical training and a child’s word decoding skills. These skills are considered to be fundamental in learning how to pronounce specific words. Moreover, this study states that word decoding skills are improved because lessons also affect the child’s auditory abilities, which are necessary for proper pronunciation of words.
Shanghai American School
Raymond Nobu Chang, an influential new-economy leader in 21st century Asia, is an elected board member and former treasurer of the Shanghai American School (SAS). In these positions, Raymond Nobu Chang helped SAS achieve its purpose of developing children’s abilities for the future.
SAS is the biggest international co-educational K-12 school in China. As a private nonprofit, and nondenominational institution, it is operated through the American Consulate in Shanghai, and has more than 3,600 students. It was established in 1912, with students from approximately 40 countries, and now comprises two campuses.
To help students fulfill their dreams (98 percent of SAS graduates continue to universities and colleges around the world), the school sustains high standards in the classroom and in its community, accomplished through academics, participation in fine arts (drama, photography, dance, studio art, and music), and athletics (swimming, table tennis, soccer, track-and-field, and more).
The annual SAS campaign is the main source of support for the school, raising funds for its initiatives, fees, and tuition. This support is an important part of helping students build future careers and lives.