Grade 7 Music Module: Hala Bira! (The Ati – atihan Festival)

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.

Learning Competencies

The learner:

1. identifies musical characteristics of selected Philippine festivals and theatrical forms through video or live performances.

2. narrates the origins and cultural background of selected Philippine festival/s.

Every province in our country has its own celebration called Festival. Through the Department of Tourism and the Local Government, this colorful event became a staple ingredient of a locality’s cultural and economic aspect. These celebrations are categorized into two: Religious and Secular celebrations. A festival is said to be religious when the celebration honors a certain patron. This particular event is deeply rooted in Spanish influence which had implanted Christianity in our culture for three centuries.

During a festival, the people show their gratitude, usually for a bountiful harvest, to a certain patron saint through dances, parade, and loud music. This is usually done during the feast day of the saint being honored. Can you name some festivals which honor a saint or religious figure?

The other type of festival is the secular celebrations which highlights a certain identity of the place, industry, crops, food, and culture. Unlike the religious festival, the main theme of the celebration tells about how a certain industry or crop affects the locality. Similar to the first type of festival, this type of festival tells its story through dances, loud music, and colorful costumes.

Can you distinguish the type of festival to which the celebration in your community belongs? I am pretty sure that you can, since you have been partly introduced to the lesson. However, before you deal with the type of festival your community has, let us take some time to clear the path of this journey by making our objectives clear.

Learning Objectives

After going through this module, you are expected to:

A. identify the musical characteristics of Ati-atihan Festival and its relation to the cultural background and origin of the festival;

B. distinguish the different musical elements found in the Ati-atihan festival music;

C. create and perform dance steps relative to the rhythmic flow of the Ati-atihan music.

Grade 7 Music Quarter 4 Self-Learning Module: Hala Bira! (The Ati – atihan Festival)


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