Phase 1: Posing Real Questions

Updated 6 years 8 months ago

Previously in Phase 0 I researched possible inquiry topics that fit my interests, and narrowed it down to my top 3 choices. Eventually after much deliberation I choose Bai Minority Music as my final subject. After completing Phase 0 I move on to Phase 1, where as previously in Phase 0 I researched possible inquiry topics that fit my interests, and narrowed it down to my top 3 choices. Eventually after much deliberation I choose Bai Minority Music as my final subject.

What I Already Know: 

Music is an art form, it conveys emotion, story and lesson. Each song has a significance and deeper meaning to itself. Music can be conveyed through sound and silence, music is broad and there are many things that define it. Many things such as pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, etc. It is an important part of life, the creation, performance and definition of music can vary according to who produces it. Music has been given many names that vary, names such as: classical, rock, jazz, blues, traditional, etc. Traditional music is an older form form of music that doesn't necessarily have one composer or has many composers. 

Where I Learned This From:

I have, of my own accord on many occasions done some research on music in order to enhance my learning on music as an art form. Some of this information has been learned through research projects done before during lessons. Some of this I have also discussed with a couple of my peers on music and its influences. Some of it was taken from books, these books were able to broaden my views on music. They have repeatedly discussed music as being something that is expressed everywhere during the day if only you listen. That is not necessarily an instrument that produces music or a voice but it can be anything.

What I Want To Know:

I want to research the extent of music throughout the history of the Bai Minority and how that music is still preserved in the daily lives of the people who currently live in that village. I want to know their opinions on how that music was formed and how it occupies their lives. I would also like to know what types of instruments are used to produce music and how they compose their music. In general I would like to see how they make their instruments and how they get inspiration for their compositions. 


All of the background information is contained here in Phase 3.



These Big Questions will help me to narrow down my main focus of my project. They are the things I need to research and find out more information about. 


Big Questions:


Music in Daily Life:

This category relates to my questions about how music is still part of the villager's lives. 


1. How has music affected the daily lives of the Bai Minority people who live in the village?

Possible Answer: If they have performances I believe that it affects the villagers because it brings them together to enjoy the music.


2. How is it still part of their lives?

Possible Answer: They have performances in accordance with their festivals and they have performances at night to bring everyone together.


3. What are significant events that the music is part of?

Possible Answer: Most likely holidays and festivals and the like. Such as Chinese New Year.


4. What festivals involve music?

Possible Answer: Chinese New Year, Autumn festival etc.


Making Their Instruments:

This category relates to the techniques people use nowadays to make their instruments, and the techniques used during the olden times.

5. What special ways do they make their instruments?

Possible Answer: I believe that they would use mainly wood or reeds to make their instruments, so a lot of carving would be involved.


6. How do they compose their music?

Possible Answer: I think that they compose their music in accordance to the area they live in. 


7. What types of instruments do they use the most?

Possible Answer: According to the research I have done so far they use string and woodwind instruments the most.


Music in General:

This category just lists my questions on how the music differentiates itself from others. 

8. What makes the music unique from all others?

Possible Answer: I think the Bai music is unique compared to all others due to the history that influenced it and the area it was created in. Most music people listen to nowadays correspond to composers who create the music in cities, comfortable homes or studios. Bai music was most likely composed in the countryside and relates to nature and the lives of the Bai people.


9. What are popular Chinese music pieces?

Possible Answer: 《岷江夜曲 《四季歌》 《绿岛小夜曲》 《海东调》 《栽秧调》《霸王鞭调》


History of Bai Music:

This category just talks about the general history of the Bai music and how it's changed to the form it's taken on today.

10. What is the history of Bai music?

Possible Answer: Need further information.


11. Has anything influenced changes on to Bai Music along the way? 

Possible Answer: The Cultural Revolution

12. What changes has it caused with the Bai Music?

Possible Answer: Need further information.

Before I and my peers leave for Xizhou I will need to strengthen my understanding of Bai Music history in order to be able to ask thoughtful and informational questions. As that is where it seems most information is missing from. I will continue to research and add to my Phase 3 which is linked at the top. 

Hello! I'm 13 years old and in 8th grade. I'm from Hong Kong and this is my 1st year in Shanghai. I was born in Hong Kong and lived there for 8 years, moved to Beijing for 4 and now I'm in Shanghai. I'm half cantonese, half taiwanese. Some of my hobbies include drawing, playing badminton, singing, and playing the piano and guitar. I have a huge passion for music and it's one of the biggest influences in my life. I've played guitar for 1 1/2 years and the piano for 10 years now. Now that I'm back in Shanghai I don't feel at all regretful that I chose to come on this journey. I miss the clear starry nights of Xizhou, the fresh air and the sense of calm being there gives me. This was an experience that I will never forget and I wish the future Microcampus kids the best of luck in their journey to come!