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ERIC Number: EJ1153420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Sharing Global Musics: A Multimedia View of the Music of Mongolia
Whitener, John L.
Music Educators Journal, v104 n1 p14-21 Sep 2017
The author, John Whitener, traveled to Mongolia, "the land of blue sky," in the summer of 2013 and again in summer of 2016. Mongolia is a land of awe-inspiring geography, similar in many respects to the wilds of Alaska. Approximately half the country's population has migrated to Ulaan-Baatar and other urban areas because of harsh winters and the death of their animals. Although many believe this signals the eventual end of the Mongolian nomadic herdsman lifestyle, Mongolian indigenous musical customs continue to flourish, albeit modified by modernization. Urbanization has had strong effects on Mongolian music. Since the departure of the Soviets, there is newfound national pride and recognition of the importance of preserving traditional musical practices. Sharing the music of any culture implies the responsibility of helping learners better understand the country and its people. The singing styles and instruments listed in this article are some of the most prevalent Mongolian folk traditions in the country and those one is most likely to hear when visiting the nation. The article includes several online resources to enable teachers and their students to experience the sights and sounds of Mongolia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mongolia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A