Vocal music and pedagogy of Chinese, African, and Indian genres

Yang YANG, Aaron CARTER-ENYI, Nandhu RADHAKRISHNAN, Sophie GRIMMER, John NIX

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Abstract

China, Africa, and India have long vocal traditions dating back hundreds and even thousands of years. Supporting the vocal music of these countries and continents are pedagogical systems which are as much a part of the unique musical and cultural heritage of each location as the vocal music they serve. In many African countries and in China, the languages are tonal languages, each of which has wielded a strong influence upon the character of the country's vocal music. This chapter examines the vocal music and vocal instruction of each country/continent, and also provides a description of current trends in vocal pedagogy. In particular, the influence of Western society and technology are discussed. Some countries, such as China, have undertaken government-led programs to preserve and promote earlier forms of music-making, while others have adapted to technological advancements by using new means to teach older traditions. Copyright © 2014 Oxford University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of singing
EditorsGraham F. WELCH, David M. HOWARD, John NIX
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages751-773
ISBN (Print)9780199660773
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

Citation

Yang, Y., Carter-Enyi, A., Radhakrishnan, N., Grimmer, S., & Nix, J. (2019). Vocal music and pedagogy of Chinese, African, and Indian genres. In G. F. Welch, D. M. Howard, & J. Nix (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of singing (pp. 751-773). New York: Oxford University Press.

Keywords

  • Vocal traditions
  • Pedagogical systems
  • Musical heritage
  • Cultural heritage
  • China
  • Africa
  • India

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