Music is being used as a tool for understanding. Kendra Salois, ethnomusicologist and assistant professor at the American University College of Arts and Sciences is scheduled to discuss the globalization of music, musical synthesis between cultures, preservation of tradition, and music as a means of cultural exchange on Aug. 5 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, located at 1776 Massachusetts Ave, NW in Suite 400. Salois is scheduled to give a presentation on the work of an ethnomusicologist and then be interviewed by CIUS staff about pertinent themes in musical culture.Afterwards, audience members will experience a demonstration of a traditional Chinese instrument followed by a performance by the Western-style KOAA String Quartet introducing the amalgamation of Chinese and American themes through Pulitzer Prize Winner Zhou Long’s “Chinese Folk Songs for String Quartet”. Admission is free. To register for tickets, visit eventbrite.com.