Ramesh A Gangolli
Music and culture of a specific world region with particular attention to songs, stories, and instrumental pieces applicable to the teaching of music and the arts in elementary and secondary schools.
India's foremost Sarod (unfretted lute) player, Maestro Amjad Ali Khan gives a series of four workshops illustrating methods of improvisation and exploring tonalities and techniques. This one-credit course is designed for students with an interest in Music and approaches to improvisation, first hand from an internationally acknowledged master.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
In each session Maestro Amjad Ali Khan will lead students through the structure of a Raga chosen by him, and then work on helping them to sing or play a short composition in that Raga. The objective will be to help students understand the technique of improvisation, via building varied elaborations of samll thematic phrases. Students will work with their own instrument of choice, or may opt to sing rather than play an instrument. This method of active hands-on participation will increase your understanding of the process of elaborating musical ideas by a method that is traditional in this ancient system of music and musical transmission.
Prior to Maestro Khan's sessions, there will be an introductory session that explains some of the fundamentals of the Music of India, conducted by Ramesh Gangolli, Adjunct Professor of Music.
Class assignments and grading