Keliwali (in the melodic mode of kastori) by Mohammad Omar (The Virtuoso from Afghanistan)
See Lesson Segment #1 here: https://folkways.si.edu/afghan-rubab-lion-instruments/kabuli/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
Read CD liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40439.pdf
The Gallop of Jonon Khar
See the lesson plan here: https://folkways.si.edu/hooves-on-steppes-morin-huur-mongolia/throat-singing/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
See CD liner notes pages 1-12 and page 20 here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/smithsonian_folkways/SFW40438.pdf
Bageshwari (A Traditional Sitar Baga) · Shamim Ahmed
See the lesson plan here: https://folkways.si.edu/indian-sitar/classical/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
CD Liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/monitor/MON00489.pdf
Shintaro San of the Mountain
Lesson Plan Section #1: https://folkways.si.edu/shintaro-san-of-the-mountain-mountains-minyo-and-japanese-culture/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
CD Liner notes here: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW04534.pdf
Moonlight on the Ching Yang River written by Yu Shinan
Lesson Plan Section #1 = https://folkways.si.edu/discovering-east-china-elementary-school/lullaby-vocal-outdoor-solo-programmatic/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
CD Liner notes: https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/folkways/FW06812.pdf
Note: “Moonlight on the Ching Yang ( Xun_vang) River” (2:02). This piece dates from the Tang dynasty and is attributed to Yu Shinan. The pipa and the erhu play much of the main melodic line in unison. The Xiao embellishes the melody and ornaments some of the longer notes. This is a performance of Jiangnan fichu by an early touring group from Shanghai. ~The Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
Kepandung Sita by Sekaa Kecak Puspita Jaya
Lesson Plan Segment #3 here: https://folkways.si.edu/vocal-elysia-indonesia/lullabies-world/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian
CD Liner Section F here:https://folkways-media.si.edu/liner_notes/hart/HRT15021.pdf
Jennifer Gehman is a co-creator of Wildwood Curriculum, a certified teacher, and a facilitator-in-training with the Neufeld Institute. She lives and plays with her partner and five children in Canada. Though three of her oldest have graduated from homeschool they still ask her to edit their university papers. Her youngest two are still learning in the living room.
One of our members did an original composer study, taking the lead from her son’s love of gaming. We want to share it with you to use as a model for your own, or merely as inspiration. Here is her description:
So, here’s the background of this ‘study’ that my son and I worked on. One day, he was listening to a YouTube playlist as he was building Lego. It was a playlist of songs from various video game soundtracks – and one track came on and I felt like I knew it, but I don’t know game soundtracks at all so I listened from outside the room trying to place this song. Then it hit me – it sounded like Clint Mansell who is one of my ALL TIME favourite musician/composers. He’s brilliant. Anyway so I went in to my son’s room and checked out the title of the track and sure enough it was Mansell, and I noticed it was a piece from a game called Mass Effect 3.
I told Evan, “You know who this IS?? This is my favourite composer of maybe EVER.” And I started to show him a few of Mansell’s tracks on YouTube. So Evan says, “We should do him as our music study like we do our artist studies.”
So, the deal was that I wanted Evan to ‘lead’ the composer study. He would choose one track from Mansell for the three of us to listen to once a week, and he’d tell me why he chose the track. I also made up 6 questions to ‘guide’ him in how to research the composer (I know this is not strictly CM but he was not sure how to go about researching, so I thought this would be a fun way for him to do that). Each week, at composer study time – Evan would play the song, and he’d ‘teach us’ about whatever the question was for that week.
Marjorie Lang is co-creator of Wildwood Curriculum, and passionate about making a Charlotte Mason education available to everyone.
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