CyberFair Project ID: 8036

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A Journey to Traditional Music
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Hsiu Shui Junior High School
    Changhua County, N/A - Does Not Apply, Taiwan

10 students, ages 13-14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 5, 2016. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): never

Classes and Teachers: Ya-hua Chen, You-zhen Chen, Chia-chi Lin

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Changhua County has a long history. When it holds large and small temples celebrations or welcomes blessing tours, we can hear the performance of traditional music. Changhua City Office established CCCO in 2004, which provided the opportunities for several elementary schools of the county to form Chinese orchestra clubs and for students to learn traditional music. Community and elderly colleges also offer courses of traditional music for the public. It can be seen that traditional music is integrated in the life of the citizens of Changhua.

2. Summary of Our Project

After several discussions, we decided to set CCCO as our research subject, interview its members, appreciate traditional music performance, and recognize the musical instruments. We then designed several questionnaires related to traditional music and asked the students of five elementary schools which have Chinese orchestra clubs, namely, Changhua County Chung Shan Elementary School, Ding Fan Elementary School, Hai Pu Elementary School, Jing Siou Elementary School, and Yong Jing Elementary School, to fill them out. We distributed the questionnaires to 376 students and collected 255 valid pieces for analysis.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Our school has two computer classrooms. The teachers' offices also have computers. In addition, there are several laptops available. Our school has academic network system, while the team members have ADSL network at home. Therefore, no matter at home or at school, we have fairly robust and convenient network.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)Confirmation of the topic, category, and questions of the Cyberfair. After the establishment of the team, with the introduction by our teachers, we met Mr. Chun-yen Huang, the Music Director of CCCO who welcomed us to interview and visit! We thought it was a great theme and rare opportunity of interview, so we defined our Cyberfair project in the category of 'Local Culture, Music, and Art Forms'. We decided the name of the team as “Heroes & Traditional Music” and the project title as “A Journey to Traditional Music”. Detail URL:

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through the referral by Mr. Chun-yen Huang, we had the opportunity to visit CCCO, enjoyed live and wonderful traditional music. The proficient conducting skills of the Conductor Mr. Yi-hung Chang and the excellent performances, the seamless cooperation, and constant practice of the members are pivotal to the success of a concert. It was an unforgettable experience to interview Chian-fu Chiu, the Mayor of Changhua and General Director of CCCO. He was nice and humorous and knew a lot about traditional music. He also shared his tips of governance from which we benefited much. Detail URL:

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Whether visiting the Mayor of Changhua and the members of CCCO or designing questionnaires, we must constantly modify our text and selected appropriate words. The oral expression ability during interviews and the composition of short articles by summarizing the data we collected, listening, speaking, reading, and writing, all reflected our daily accumulation of language proficiency. Detail URL:

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Computers, Laptops, Printer, External Hard Disk, Fiber Optical Network, etc. Detail URL:

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

In order to accomplish this Cyberfair project, we called Mr. Chun-yen Huang, the Music Director of CCCO, Mrs. Shu-wei Li, the Executive Secretary of CCCO, Ms. Li, of the Social Affairs Section of Changhua City Office, Ms. Chi, the Mayor's Secretary, and the teachers of elementary schools in charge of Chinese orchestra clubs. We modified the interview questions and the content of the questionnaires through emails. The support and encouragement by many people during the process motived us forward. Detail URL:

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Through this project, I not only knew many Chinese music instruments, but also learned that wonderful music was produced by the constant efforts of many performers, which proved the old saying that ten minutes on the stage took ten years of practice by the performer. In the future, in order to have good achievement in any task, besides teamwork, we shall rely on our constant practice to success. Many CCCO members were students like us. They stuck to their interests after class, which we should learn from. Most of us killed our free time watching TV, surfing the Internet, and playing PC games and forgot our interests by the excuse of heavy academic load. Detail URL:

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

The content of this Cyberfair project, the information related to CCCO, and the photos of performances and CCCO members were provided by the Changhua City Office, while the questionnaire data of Chinese orchestra clubs were provided by the elementary schools. We had asked the relevant units to sign the Power of Attorney so that we could use the data legally. We also added the details of sources of the photos on each web page. Thank you all for your enthusiastic help! Most of the photos and web page content were made by our teammates.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Before participating in the CyberFair, we did not have the experience of completing one task through long-term cooperation. Through the meetings, discussions and visits over the months, we deeply understood the meaning of teamwork. During the process, we experienced the milk of human kindness from the enthusiastic responses of CCCO members and the feedback provided by the Chinese orchestra clubs of Chung Shan Elementary School, Ding Fan Elementary school, Hai Pu Elementary School, Jing Siou Elementary School, and Yong Jing Elementary School. Moreover, it was an unforgettable experience to visit Mr. Chian-fu Chiu, the Mayor of Changhua. The dribs and drabs of the process were our great discovery and surprise.


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