MUS*279*12 Description

Japanese Music Ensemble

By the Edo period (1603-1868), three instruments had emerged from various diretions to become popular among the Japanese people. The koto, a 13-string zither, the shamisen, a 3-string banjo-like instrument, and the shakuhachi, a Zen Buddhist bamboo flute. In this ensemble, students will be introduced to these instruments, have the opportunity to research and write about them, and learn how to perform on an instrument of the student's choice. Students will also learn to read the unique notation systems of each instrument, as well as gain a deep understanding of Japanese traditional arts in relation to the social, ideological, and cultural development of Japanese traditional aesthetics.