Xiaoyao Liu is a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at University College Cork, Ireland. She is a Zhuang native of Yunnan, with research in Applied Ethnomusicology and Music Education. In 2020, she earned a Master in Music Education at Yunnan Art University (Kunming, China).
In 2017, she presided over the research project of Yunnan Provincial Education Department, “Research on the Innovative Use of Yunnan “Nanwu – Peacock Drum” to Promote Ethnic Music Culture”. In 2018, she participated in the research fund project of Yunnan Arts University, “Research on the Method of ‘Runqiang’ and Active Inheritance of Native Folk Songs of Yi People in Yunnan”. In 2019, she participated in the Humanities and Social Science Research Planning Fund Project of the Ministry of Education, “Research and Application of Native Singing Methods of Unique Ethnic Groups in Northwest Yunnan”. In 2022, she participated in the 8th National Internet+ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for College Students, and won the provincial gold medal with the project “Yi and Miao Children’s Voice Accompanied by Sound”.
Xiaoyao Liu is the main creator of the development and discipline of nanwu peacock drum – based on the development of the “elephant foot drum” (xiàng jiǎo gǔ) of the Dai people – and the author of the percussion textbook Nanwu Peacock Drums (Nán wū kǒngquè gǔ, Yunnan Nationalities Publishing House, forthcoming) highlighting the musical culture of Yunnan’s ethnic minorities. She has published seven articles on this topic.
From 2018 to 2022, she conducted music courses as a peacock drum teacher in the following schools and universities in Kunming (China): Kunming College of Continuing Education, Kunming Twenty-fourth Middle School, Yunnan University for Nationalities School of Music, Yunnan Arts College Affiliated Middle School.
Study on Development and Practice of School-based Music Curriculum in Junior High School — A Case Study of School-based Curriculum of Peacock Drum in Kunming No. 24 Middle School [Chuzhong yinyue xiaoben kecheng kaifa yu shijian yanjiu]. Master Thesis. Yunnan: Yunnan Arts University.
“Cultivating Folk Music Talents and Helping Rural Revitalization: Dialogue with Folk Music Scholars” [Peiyang minzu minjian yinyue recai, zhuli xiangcun zhenxing—Yu minzu yinyue xuezhe duihua], Jinri minzu (Ethnic Today), 10: 39-42.
“Investigation and Reflection on the Inheritance of Ethnic Music Culture around Cities — A Case Study of the Flat Drum of the Samei People” [Chengshi zhoubian shaoshu minzu yinyue wenhua chuancheng diaocha ji sikao – Yi samei ren de biangu weili], Artists (Yishu jia), 12: 140-142.
“Development and Application of Indigenous Music Teaching Materials in Ethnic Minority Areas: A Case Study of the Elementary Course of Yunnan Nanwu Peacock Drum” [Shaoshu minzu diqu bentu yinyue jiaocai de kaifa yu yunyong——yi Yunnan “kongque gu chuji jiaocheng” wei li. Liuxíng se]. National Music (Minzu yinyue), 12: 80-81+96.
“Origin of Yunnan Nanwu Peacock Drum” [Yunnan “nan wu·kongque gu” de qiyuan yu yuanqǐ], National Music (Minzu yinyue), 2: 27-29.
“Research on the Improvement and Innovation of Ethnic Drum in Yunnan — A Case Study of Nanwu-Peacock Drum in South China” [Yunnan shaoshu minzu gu gailiang yu chuangxin tanjiu——yi nan wu·kongque gu wei li], National Music (Minzu yinyue), 6: 34-36.
“Current Status of Higher Music Education in Contemporary China: A Case study of 1778 Articles Published on CNKI from 2007 to 2017” [Dangdai woguo gaodeng yinyue jiaoyu xianzhuang——yi 2007~2017 nian zhongguo zhi wang 1778 pian wenxian wei li], Media Today (Jin Chuanmei), 5: 75-77.
Participated in the 8th National Internet+ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for College Students [与全国第八届互联网+大学生创新创业大赛], and won the provincial gold medal with the project “Yi and Miao Children’s Voice Accompanied by Sound” [彝苗童音·以声相伴].
Participated in the Humanities and Social Science Research Planning Fund Project of the Ministry of Education, “Research and Application of Native Singing Methods of Unique Ethnic Groups in Northwest Yunnan” [滇西北特有民族原生歌唱方法的研究与应用].
Participated in the research fund project of Yunnan Arts University, “Research on the Method of ‘Runqiang’ and Active Inheritance of Native Folk Songs of Yi People in Yunnan” [云南彝族原生民歌“润腔”方法及活态传承研究].
Presided over the scientific research project of Yunnan Education Department, “Research on Innovative Application of Yunnan ‘Nanwu · Peacock Drum’ for Spreading Folk Music Culture” [云南“南乌·孔雀鼓”传播民族音乐文化的创新运用研究].
Honors and Awards
Guided the peacock drum music piece “Always Follow You” of Honghe Special School to win the first prize in the art performance for the disabled in Yunnan Province.
The provincial Excellence Award of Yunnan Chuncheng Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition.
The first-class scholarship for graduate degree in the 2018-2019 academic year.
The title of “Merit Student” in the 2018-2019 academic year.
The first-class scholarship for graduate degree in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Certificate of excellent work honor in the 8th batch of “Graduate Trainee (Director)” of Mangshi in 2018.