Grade 7 Music Module: The Kulintang Ensemble of Mindanao

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

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

3. explains the distinguishing characteristics of representative music selections of Mindanao in relation to its culture and geography;

4. explores ways of producing sounds on a variety of sources that is similar to the instruments being studied;

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

Mindanao is home to abundant culture and tradition. It is an inter- cultural trade between the people of Mindanao and other foreign neighbors. The use of bamboo flutes and singing in acapella were influenced by Malaysian people. Melismatic and long chants was originated from India while the used of brass gongs and basses in music are ways brought by Indonesia, Thailand and Burma. From its religion Islam came various art forms which you can only find in this place. The world famous singkil, the rich vocal music, and of course the majestic sound of the Kulintang are just a few among this famous works of art. After digging through the Mindanao Islamic vocal music, we will now proceed to a more familiar sight and sound of Mindanao – its Kulintang Ensemble. Maybe you’ll be talking to yourself right now: “I’m already familiar with that instrument and I know what it sounds like or looks like;” or maybe “I know how to play that instrument;” or a boastful “we have that kind of instrument in our house!” whatever the case maybe, let us together explore the beauty and soul of the Mindanao Kulintang Ensemble.

Learning Objectives:

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

1. Identify the different musical instruments and characteristics of the Kulintang Ensemble.

2. Distinguish the different musical elements of kulintang ensemble in relation to its cultural and geographical influences.

3. Make an improvised kulintang instrument and perform rhythmic accompaniments to selected music from Mindanao.

Grade 7 Music Quarter 3 Self-Learning Module: The Kulintang Ensemble of Mindanao


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