This series introduces the characteristic rhythms, instruments and styles of music from different parts of world.
- Library: Secondary
- Audience: Junior - Middle Secondary (Year 7-10)
- Rating: E
- Subject: Arts
- Release Date: September 2016
- Produced: Australia
Introducing the Music of Ireland
What is the essence of Irish music? If you answered 'Riverdance', you need to broaden your thinking. This is a fascinating look into Irish music that explains why the art form is so central to Irish culture and identity. This programme explores the history of music in Ireland, including popular instruments and a various styles for dancing and singing.
Introducing the Music of Japan
Whether it's the unique sounds of a Koto, Shamisen, Shakuhachi or Shinobue, or the pounding of traditional drums, Japanese music has evolved over centuries as an integral part of the nation's rich culture. Featuring Shakuhachi performer Adam Simmons, Koto performer Brandon Lee and Japanese drummer Toshi Sakamoto, this video explores the history of Japanese music, its structures and a range of traditional instruments.
Introducing the Music of Africa
African music permeates the many diverse cultures across the continent. The legacy that African musical traditions have passed to contemporary musicians is rich and varied. From the iconic djembe drum to the distinctive a capella choir vocals, Africa's music embraces many instruments and rhythms. This program presents a selection of music from the countries of Africa that have impacted movements such as blues, jazz, rock and rap.
Introducing the Music of India
Over thousands of years, music has woven through India's rich culture. Though Indian music has changed and diversified, tradition remains strong. This program introduces the origins and cultural relevance of music in India. Indian Classical, Folk and Bollywood melodies and rhythms are discussed. Demonstrations of how to play widely used instruments - the bansuri, tanpura, sitar, tabla and kinjira - will be of particular interest to music students.
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