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Grade 7 Music Module: The Beauty and Elegance of the South Vocal Music of Muslim Filipinos

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. describes 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.

Are you fond of singing different kind of music? Have you tried to sing foreign songs? or are you an avid fan of Filipino songs?

This module will help you know and experience the different features and characteristics of songs particularly that of the Mindanao music. Before you start discovering what this module is all about, try to read its overview for you to know what awaits you upon exploring this module.

Ready. Get set. Go! Let yourself be informed about this simple yet very important concept about music.

Here in the Philippines, we usually listen to different OPM or Original Pilipino Music. As we know, these are popular music (pop music) that our radio network and television channels play every day. So popular these songs are popular that even a 2-year-old child tries to sing its lyrics of these songs. Enjoyment beyond expectation normally results to the Last Song Syndrome or LSS, which is evident whenever we love a song and repeatedly sing its melody.

On the other hand, Genuine OPM is also an Original Pilipino Music but unlike the first type, this one is not that popular. We rarely hear these songs being performed on TV or radio. These songs are deeply rooted on the culture and tradition of its composer. Every region in the country has its own Genuine OPM using their own musical elements, which remains the same from the time of their ancestors until the present time. This kind of music is created with the highest form of artistry; that even professional musicians cannot write exactly its equivalent to western music.

One concrete example of this kind of music is the Islamic Music of Mindanao. Our Muslim brothers were able to preserve their unique musical style from the time Islam came to the Philippines until now. Scholars said that some of the Islamic music were already existing before Islam came to Mindanao. Darangen, for example, is a pre-Islamic art form which literally means to narrate in a song. This 72,000 – line epic was awarded in 2005 UNESCO as one of the Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity. In fact, this Maranao epic has been chosen among 90 proclamations by international organizations around the world which evidently shows how rich Mindanao culture is!

This time, you will find out the enthralling music of Mindanao and this is what this module has prepared for you!

Learning Objectives:

After working on this module, you should be able to:

1. Identify the musical characteristics of Mindanao Islamic vocal music and its relation to the cultural and geographical background of the region.

2. Distinguish the different musical elements found in the Islamic vocal music of Mindanao

3. Compare the vocal music of Mindanao to the vocal music of the Luzon and Visayas lowlands and other ethnic groups in the Philippines.

Grade 7 Music Quarter 3 Self-Learning Module: The Beauty and Elegance of the South Vocal Music of Muslim Filipinos

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