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ERIC Number: EJ845294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
An Application of Thai Music for General and Instrumental Music Programs
Volk, Terese M.
International Journal of Music Education, v24 n3 p243-254 2006
With all the music that is available for instrumental performance in the schools, the music of Thailand is under-represented. Yet Thailand has a rich instrumental tradition. This article focuses on the possibilities of adapting the Thai "mahori" and "kruang sai" ensembles to the western instrumentation available in school music programs. There is a brief explanation of Thai music: melody, tuning system, and notation. Suggestions are offered for approximating an authentic Thai sound using western instruments by retuning Orff instruments to the Thai tuning system, adjusting the intonation on recorders to emulate the Thai "klui," and adapting the violin and viola to substitute for the Thai "saw duong" and "saw oo." There are examples included of arrangements for two Thai children's songs scored for Orff instruments and recorder. (Contains 5 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand