The Musical Instrument Museum showcases not only the Chinese musical instruments but also performance of Chinese ancient music featuring traditional melodies and modern melodies. The museum also presents modified Chinese instruments that have been influenced by European and western music. Just like in the film, the museum has organized the different Chinese instruments according to their origin, category and material used to make it. The materials used to make the Chinese instruments are classified into either categories; gourd, wood, leather, clay, bamboo, string, stone and metal. Both the film and the museum present the heritage of the Chinese music through the different phases of development the Chinese musical instruments have gone through from ancient times to modern times.There are very many Chinese musical instruments in the Musical Instrument Museum that are made from all the other materials but not from stone. While most of the instruments were earlier made of stone, they have been modified to take other materials such as gourds, bones or wood. To make the Musical Instrument Museum look even better in presenting the heritage of the Chinese music, it would be vital to present traditional stone instruments in their original form. Some of these instruments include Xun, Pinyin, carillons and chimes.The audio elements at the Musical Instrument Museum are very effective in taking the visitors through a virtual tour of the museum. The museum is very huge and appealing and therefore would take visitors a long time going through the entire museum looking for specific music instruments. The audio elements serve as a bridge to enhance easy touring, briefing about the history, nature and elements of the museum. This orients a visitor beforehand. Thus making sure that the experience would be spectacular.The Musical Instrument Museum presentation can be improved by presenting different Chinese musical instruments, naming them, zooming and focusing on them so that visitors can learn the history of different instruments through the presentation. As it is, a visitor is required to learn the background of the Chinese musical instruments before watching the presentation as it does not provide concrete background information about any of the musical instruments in the museum. The presentation can also be enhanced by using a native Chinese person, preferably an artist to showcase the different Chinese musical instruments.
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