Grade 7 Music Module: Non-Islamic Music Christian Music of Zamboanga

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.


The learner:

1. Identifies the musical characteristics of representative music selections from Mindanao after listening;

2. Analyzes the musical elements of some Mindanao vocal and instrumental music;

3. Identifies the musical instruments and other sound sources of representative music selections from Mindanao.

4. Improvises simple rhythmic/melodic accompaniments to selected music from Mindanao;

5. Evaluates music selections and music performances applying knowledge of musical elements and style;

This module is about liturgical and ecumenical music, some representative musical genre like extra-liturgical, and others as secular music of nonIslamic/Christian people of Mindanao who are migrants from Luzon and Visayas. The activities and discussions are crafted at the level where you can work independently and learn the topics and lessons at your own pace and time. Undertake activities seriously and with vigor. Feel free to answer all the
assessments. Have fun!


Today’s lesson will help you fully understand and appreciate the people of Southern Philippines, the Christians of Mindanao, their traditions, as well as the musical practices as reflected in their culture, geography, and their way of living. Some of these musical cultures are influenced by the Spaniards and the Americans.

Located in the Southern Philippines, Mindanao is the second-largest island in the country. On February 2, 1543, Roy Lopez de Villalobos reached Mindanao
and called the island “Caesarea Caroli” after Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire. They colonized Butuan and the surrounding Caraga region in northeast Mindanao and over time, several tribes converted to Roman Catholicism and built settlements and forts throughout the coastal region.

In the late 18th century, Spain gained geographic dominance over the island and built settlements and ports in different places including Zamboanga City, Misamis Occidental, Iligan City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin island, Butuan, Caraga, and Davao. However, they failed to colonize the rest of the region even though they set footholds in northern and eastern Mindanao and the Zamboanga peninsula. Christianity (Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, etc.) became the dominant religious affiliation on the island followed by Islam. These two are the most widely spread religions across the island that influence the music and other cultural celebrations of the people.

Together with the other provinces, Zamboanga has not only accepted the culture of Spanish colonial masters but has also taken into heart some of their traits like celebrating festivals/or fiestas as well as other musical genres and performances. Chavacano or Chabacano, a Spanish-based creole language, became prevalent in the Zamboanga people as they speak this language fluently.


Music is an important part of the culture and celebrations of non-Islamic Christian people in Mindanao. As you go along this module, the activities and discussions will bring you into the exciting yet familiar world of music of nonIslamic people of Mindanao particularly their liturgical and ecumenical music, and some representative songs/genres from Zamboanga peninsula and other provinces where Christianity is prevalent.

Moreover, as you finish going through this lesson, you are expected to:

1. Recognize the distinguishing musical characteristics of Christian music from Mindanao with culture and geography after listening,

2. Improvise rhythmic accompaniment consistent with the style and characteristics of Christian music from Mindanao, and

3. Evaluate performances under the elements and characteristics of music from Mindanao.

Grade 7 Music Quarter 3 Self-Learning Module: Non-Islamic Music Christian Music of Zamboanga


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