Indian Music for the Classroom


Indian Music for the Classroom



By Natalie Sarrazin, college at Brockport faculty member.

Indian Music for the Classroom presents the different styles of Indian music and their cultural contexts, with chapters on Indian culture and sound, Indian classical vocal and instrumental music, folk music, film music, and traditional popular musics. From Hindi-Pop to bhangra to the Urdu ghazal, the book covers them all, as well as national songs, children's songs, and the devotional bhajan. With lists of vocabulary and concepts, musical transcriptions, photos, and resources, teachers can use the text in their classrooms immediately. More than 53 lesson activities with listening charts, composition exercises, reflective questions, and other creative ideas bring the music of India alive and align with the National Standards. In addition, 48 musical transcriptions of teaching examples, drum rhythms, and songs make it easy to teach authentically. Sarrazin starts with the fundamentals-such as swara (pitch), sargam (Indian solfège), and that (basic scales)-and then moves on to Indian music notation, improvisation, and Indian instruments. She draws students into the culture with Indian legends and folk stories. Internet resources are provided so teachers can find authentic sound clips and order movies discussed in the book, as well as other resources. Most songs include English lyrics with the Hindi, and film and national songs contain piano or Orff accompaniments appropriate for concert performance.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Education : Published in partnership with MENC, c2009.

xi, 227 p. : ill., music ; 23 cm.


Theatre and Performance Studies




Located in Drake Library at: ML3748 .S27 2009

CONTENTS: Indian culture and sound -- Introduction to Indian classical music -- North Indian classical vocal music -- Classical instrumental music -- Folk music -- Indian film music -- Traditional popular musics of India : pop, ghazal, national, bhangra, children's songs, and devotional songs.

Indian Music for the Classroom