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ERIC Number: EJ845192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
From the Museum to the Music Classroom: Teaching the "Umrhubhe" as an Ensemble Instrument
Dontsa, Luvuyo
International Journal of Music Education, v26 n2 p177-190 2008
While there is a keen interest in indigenous African instrumental music among South African university music students, indigenous music instruments such as the "umrhubhe" (musical bow without a calabash resonator) have not found their way into the classroom. Most music departments focus on the teaching and learning of western instruments for instruction. The purpose of the article is to discuss the construction, performance and pedagogy of the umrhubhe. The study also introduces the umrhubhe as an ensemble instrument at primary and tertiary levels of education and demonstrates the techniques of teaching the instrument, focusing on its origins, distribution, craftsmanship, handling, bowing, sound-production, resonating and whistling. A song and dance in which the umrhubhe plays a prominent role is used for illustration. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the implications of teaching the umrhubhe in South African music education. (Contains 9 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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