About the Course
Malay folk music is a type of ethnic music of the Malay culture in Southeast Asia. This unique music evolved through the amalgamation of music from other cultures as evident in its use of instruments and drum grooves. Because of this, Malay folk music has its own distinctive features that it can even be performed on any melodic instrument and hand drum percussion instrument apart from its standard instrumentation. So, why not learn something new and have a go at playing a different kind of music from what you are used to?
This free four-week online course will enable you to immerse yourself in Malay folk music as you uncover its musical materials in an engaging manner. On your own instruments, you will learn how to play four traditional drum grooves and how to stylistically play four Malay folk songs using several techniques of improvisation. By the end of this course, you will be able to play Malay folk music at a basic level and feel accomplished in having yourself familiarized with yet another kind of music that the world has to offer!
Goals, Objectives and Outcomes
The goal is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Malay folk music in three aspects, which are drum grooves, folk songs and improvisation.
Aspect 1: Drum Grooves
Objective 1: To teach the Inang, Joget, Zapin and Asli drum grooves
Aspect 2: Folk Songs
Objective 2: To demonstrate four Malay folk songs set to the drum grooves of Inang, Joget, Zapin and Asli
Aspect 3: Improvisation
Objective 3: To teach the materials and techniques of improvisation in Malay folk music and how to improvise on a bare Malay folk tune with these materials and techniques
Each week, you will complete a short quiz and upload a video/audio recording of yourself playing a drum groove or a Malay folk song assigned for that week. You will get a feedback from me about your performance in that video/audio. The final week involves an additional video/audio recording assignment where you will play a medley of all the four grooves and songs using a provided background track.
Upon completion of the course, you will get a final grade based on the average score of all your assignments to determine how well you have done for the course.