Drumming her way to fame at a renowned Chinese music school, Deqi tries to balance ambition with being a seven-year-old.

Deqi is a seven-year-old Chinese girl who is learning drums and guitar at a famous music school in Tianjin, China.

Her father comes from an impoverished rural family but in the late 1990s he established his own business and began to get rich. Today, he spends a lot of money on a private boarding school for Deqi. He has bought a flat in Tianjin, where Deqi lives with her grandmother, and every weekend he drives nearly 300km from the family’s home in Qinhuangdao so he can accompany his daughter to the music school.