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ERIC Number: EJ1020086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Sharing Global Musics: Bring Korea's "Arirang" to Your Music Class
Kang, Sangmi
Music Educators Journal, v100 n1 p32-35 Sep 2013
A number of scholars have investigated the roots of the "Arirang," although the origins are debated. Most agree that the original form of the song "Arirang" was first found upstream from Seoul along the Han River. The lyrics told the story of a woman waiting for her lover on the bank of the river. The term "Arirang" is often translated as "my beloved one," as some linguistic research supports that in ancient Korean "ari" meant "beautiful" and "rang" meant "the groom." In addition, "Arirang" is said to be the name of a hill located in the central part of Seoul. The word originally stood for the love between man and woman, but Koreans have enlarged the meaning to encompass love for their mother country, especially during times in history when the nation suffered aggression by foreign powers. Thus, whenever and wherever Koreans come to listen to the song "Arirang," they recall their homeland. "Arirang" in its many forms offers students in a multicultural music class a wonderful introduction to Korean culture. This article presents some creative ways to present the song so students will find the learning engaging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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