Study of Indigenous Chinese Instruments in Beijing, China

I. Proiect Overview

Objective: I propose to study Chinese Percussion and Yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China for six weeks starting in late May of 2001, with focus given to the social-cultural background of the music, technique of performance of the instruments, and the educational potential that will result from more proficiency on these instruments.

Study Design: Private weekly lessons will be conducted by Professor Li Zhen Gui on Chinese percussion, and Professor Gui Xi Li on Yangqin. New music for the instruments will be learned. In preparing for this remarkable opportunity, I have already researched issues pertaining to transportation, food and lodging, facilities, and faculty. A network of assistance is being established to facilitate the problems associated with living and studying in China for six weeks.

Anticipated Results: By pursuing this opportunity for intensive, specialized course work, it will better enable me to pursue my goal of a career in both world musical performance and ethnomusicology. Few Americans play Yangqin and greater mastery of the instrument will provide me with a skill set which will be valuable in the future as a performer and instructor. It is expected that I will assist Dr. _______ in his ________________ courses by giving lectures and demonstrations on the Yangqin and other Chinese percussion instruments upon completion of this project. In addition, I will be able to teach these instruments to the community through NIU's Community Music School.

II. Project Description (at most 3 pages)

Summarize the purpose of the project, describing how it will be conducted and including a timetable of various activities. Include a clear statement of the problem, question, or issue which will be addressed. Indicate how the proposed artistry or research is expected to enhance the academic experience of the student.

Proposal and Specific Aims: I propose to study Chinese Percussion and Yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China for six weeks starting in late May of 2001, with focus given to the social-cultural background of the music, technique of performance on the instruments, and the educational potential devolving from a greater mastery of instruments which few Americans play. China's Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing is the premier music conservatory in China and the foremost institution in the world for the study of both Chinese music and Chinese instruments. Students at the Chinese Conservatory of Music are selected through a rigorous screening process and the caliber of study is of the highest quality. To be accepted as a student is an honor. Because of the high standards and expectations set by The Conservatory staff, each student must be committed, disciplined, and professionally oriented. As Yangqin is a traditional indigenous Chinese instrument, there is no finer place to study this instrument and its music than the Central Conservatory.

Method of Study: Private weekly lessons will be conducted by Professor ____________ on Chinese percussion, and Professor _________ on Yangqin. Prof. ____________ is the Chairman of the ____________________________________________________ and has an outstanding reputation as a teacher and performer of Chinese percussion throughout the world. He has toured as a performer and guest lecturer in countries such as the U.S., Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Professor ________, a famous performer and teacher on Yangqin, has been teaching at the Central Conservatory of Music in China for over 20 years. His students have won countl