Updated 5 years 5 months ago

Microcampus is a program for 8th graders in SAS in which 14~16 students will head to XiZhou, Yunnan for a month and explore upon a topic of interest. As I scrolled through the long list of Microcampus topics, two topics immediately caught my attention. The two topics were music and religion. Both of the two topics play a huge part in my life, with music occupying much of my free time and Buddhism, my religion, offering my much spiritual comfort. As I thought through what the Microcampus experience is going to be like, music gradually became the topic of choice.

Updated 5 years 4 months ago

In phase 0, I thought of and eliminated topics until I finally reached one topic to focus upon. The topic I decided to study is Bai Minority Music, and in phase 1 I will think of real questions that I will try to answer in Xi Zhou.

Updated 5 years 5 months ago

In Phase 1, I did some background research on my topic and generated a list of ten questions. Here in Phase 2, I will reach out for experts both some experts both in and outside of Xi Zhou.

Updated 5 years 4 months ago

Welcome to my Phase 3. The purpose of this phase is to store and interpret information I get from various sources. I categorized this massive amount of information by five categories depending on the sources. Then, I categorized relevant information together in paragraphs. For example, observations from one rehearsal will be in the same paragraph.

Updated 5 years 4 months ago

I have just spent about two weeks in Xizhou researching about my topic. Now, it is time for me to put it into a final product. Before I start on the final product, however, I would have to think through the information I have and plan my final product out. This is my work here in Phase 4.

About This Learner

My name is Brandon. I am 14 years old and I was born in Beijing. I spent most of my life in Shanghai, but I have been mostly exposed to an American community. I compose and I have a strong interest in Chinese folk music and culture. After the experience in XiZhou, I have collected samples of folk material and analyzed them in terms of melodic, harmonic, formal, and rhythmic structure, as well as learned about the history and current status of Bai Minority music. The experience was a great one and I wish the best of luck to future participants.