Gamelan: (Indonesia) An ensemble of instruments such as those found in the central Javanese courts.
Gong Ageng: (Indonesia) Large Javanese gong.
Kempul: (Indonesia) A type of small suspended gong in the Javanese gamelan having a colotomic function.
South India Introduction and Background
As in the Middle East, Japan, China and Indonesia, the history of India involves ancient migration and
European colonialism. Like those areas too, India has survivals of very ancient civilizations and religi
Introduction to First Nations Music
First Nations people are all the indigenous groups in North America they include Inuit too, my own research
field. We talk about First Nations as one group but it isnt lifeways, customs, economics, even music ar
Unit 4 South America and Latin America
As youll see here, some of musics functions in society go well beyond its literal use in ceremonies, everyday
life, and entertainment. Id like you to think about some of these deeper functions:
Powwow is a pan-tribal event. Many groups do not have an old powwow tradition, but this event has become
known emically and etically as belonging to all First Nations. The basic music and dance is still Plains style, as
you will hear from the e
South India Musical Organization
Indian Classical Music - Important aspects of the music
Before we begin to analyze the music, I want to emphasize that Indian classical music when performed is a mix
of precomposed and improvised. There may be only a kerne
Learning activity working with random notes, scale, mode, and
Sing a set of notes anywhere, high or low, out of the blue. Then, sing a song Mary Had A Little Lamb is a
good one, or anything you want.
Sing another set of notes from anywh
Week 10 Music in the Arab World
In this unit, we start by surveying some sounds of Arabic music through hearing and analyzing music played in
diaspora by Arab musicians. We then explore the topic of music and Islam, and look at some of the i
Praise Singing and its Genres
The Praise Singing tradition
The British called praise singers griots, and this name has stuck for public discussion of this group of people, though each
language has its own name for praise singers. Praise singing is an impo
Africa Rhythmic Concepts
Agbekor and the Agbekor Event
Rhythm and Drumming
Listen several times to the drumming example from Ghana, West Africa Titon CD1/12
Some things to notice on first hearings of the percussion in CD1/12:
Strict time not toe-tapping
Learning Activity BOBOBO
This is excerpted from the curriculum Im designing, but feel free to use it if you cite it to me.
For this course, try as much as youd like of this. Start with the box diagrams and try and understand them the first
ensemble is fun
Agbekor drumming - Forming a small ensemble
If you have one or two other people to work with, you can have the start of your own ensemble, and youll be surprised
at the complexity of sound your group will produce.
First, do the bell or gankogui at least 5
Introductory Lecture and background
In this unit, well talk about what music is, and how we look at it in ethnomusicological terms. Its a long section,
and you need to know the definitions. But parts IV and V are more for you to think about and apply to t