Grade 7 Music Module: Experience the Music of the Philippines’ Golden Island Music of Mindoro (Vocal Music)

This Self-Learning Module (SLM) is prepared so that you, our dear learners, can continue your studies and learn while at home. Activities, questions, directions, exercises, and discussions are carefully stated for you to understand each lesson.

Each SLM is composed of different parts. Each part shall guide you step-by-step as you discover and understand the lesson prepared for you.

Pre-tests are provided to measure your prior knowledge on lessons in each SLM. This will tell you if you need to proceed on completing this module or if you need to ask your facilitator or your teacher’s assistance for better understanding of the lesson. At the end of each module, you need to answer the post-test to self-check your learning. Answer keys are provided for each activity and test. We trust that you will be honest in using these.

Please use this module with care. Do not put unnecessary marks on any part of this SLM. Use a separate sheet of paper in answering the exercises and tests. And read the instructions carefully before performing each task.

If you have any questions in using this SLM or any difficulty in answering the tasks in this module, do not hesitate to consult your teacher or facilitator.

Learning Competencies

The learner:

1. describes the musical characteristics of representative selections of Cordillera, Mindoro, Palawan and of the Visayas after listening;

2. explains the distinguishing characteristics of representative music from Cordillera, Mindoro, Palawan and of the Visayas in relation to its culture and geography;

3. performs music from Cordillera, Mindoro, Palawan and of the Visayas with accompaniment; and

4. evaluates music and music performances applying knowledge of musical elements and style.

Much like the tribes of the Cordillera Administrative Region, the indigenous tribes of Mindoro developed a rich culture which is evident in their music. Because they are on an island, their topography as well as their dealings with outsiders gave birth to a unique culture. Let me introduce to you the tribe behind the music – the Mangyans – as well as the island they call home – Mindoro.

Situated approximately one hour away from the port of Batangas via fast craft, the island of Mindoro was dubbed by the Spaniards as “a gold mine” – both literally and figuratively. The name is a portmanteau of its Spanish name. Dubbed as “Mina de Oro” which translates to “Gold mine” by the lowlanders and the Spaniards, the island is full of precious minerals as well as tourist destinations that can be considered as the island’s local treasures.

The Mangyans, on the other hand, refers not to a single tribe, but a collection of similar tribes situated all over the island. There are eight ethno-linguistic tribes known as the Iraya, Alangan, Tadyawan, Tawbuid, Buhid, Hanunoo, Rataganon, and Bangon. They were former coastal dwellers, but preferred to move high up the mountains when the Tagalogs and the Spaniards decided to settle in the Island. They have their own writing system called “Surat Mangyan” which is normally etched on wood or bamboo. In fact, most Ambahan were found written in the indigenous writing system.

Learning Objectives

Now that we know who the Mangyans are as well as their home, let us start talking about their music. Our goal for today is simple. By the end of this module, you will be able to:

1. recognize musical elements uniquely expressed in Mindoro Vocal Music;

2. point out similarities and differences between Cordilleran Vocal music and Mindoro Vocal Music;

3. compose a short song that follows the style of Mindoro Vocal Music; and

4. analyze performances of other learners in line with the elements of music that characterize s Mindoro Vocal Music.

Grade 7 Music Quarter 2 Self-Learning Module: Experience the Music of the Philippines’ Golden Island Music of Mindoro (Vocal Music)


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