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Resource 7

National Association of Music Educators
Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A resource for teachers to use in the classroom

Resource title
Adventures in Islamic Music
This is a series of materials that explores issues surrounding music making for Muslim pupils in our schools, and offers some observations, strategies and ideas for lesson plans. The series starts with a detailed account of the experience of arranging music and taking part in concert of Islamic music, leading to a broader survey of Islamic musical traditions. It then explores young Muslims' musical interests and the tensions within the Muslim community surrounding music, makes links to the requirements of the National Curriculum and ends by offering teachers some practical ideas for action.

Included in the resource are some documents dealing with specific issues:
  • Islamic Rulings on Music
  • Aspects of Muslim Musical Tradition
  • List of recordings of Islamic music
  • Notated and recorded versions of some of the music referred to
  • Girls singing
  • A description of a project in three Birmingham schools
The final part of the series 'Adventures in Islamic Music 8' consists of lesson plans on aspects of Islamic music and culture. For the secondary phase these are:
  • Alhambra tiles (Y6-9) - using geometric patterns as a graphic score. This project is designed to take at least three lessons and involves graphic notation and creative composing, interpreting Islamic geometric patterns and imagery as a musical score.
  • The Flute - a poem by the Persian poet, Rumi (1207-73). This involves studying the poem and using the imagery in it to create a 'composer's notepad', which is then used to create a piece of music that reflects the imagery of the poem.
There are additional external links to other relevant websites and further references, some of which are included below. The resource is being periodically updated.
Links across other subjects within resource
Reflecting Muslim values and culture in the music curriculum can involve looking at music in relation to stories, poetry, architecture, visual patterns, calligraphy and the expressive arts. There is also the possibility of developing a unit of work on "Music and Religion". Studying the development and influence of Islamic traditions would also cover aspects of History and Geography.
Additional support
  • Muslim Music and Culture in the Curriculum, by Robert Bunting, published by Birmingham City Council (2006) - click on "publications" then "books" and scroll down to find the book, which can be ordered on line. Extracts from the book can be found on the Teaching Music website:
  • Music Education and Muslims, by Harris, Diana (2006), published by Trentham Books
    Looks at the issues in more detail, with studies of music education in Muslim countries and a range of interviews
  • The Music of the Arabs, by Habib Hassan Touma (1996), published by Amadeus Press Readable introduction to traditional Arabic sacred and secular art music, including a CD
  • The Rough Guide to World Music: Volume 1: Africa and the Middle East, by Broughton, S et al (3rd Ed) (2006), published by Rough Guides
  • Journeys of a Sufi Musician, by Erguner, Kudsi (2005), published by SAQI.
    Memoir of a Turkish musician who has played with many Western musicians including Peter Gabriel
Websites Recorded music:
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt
Rough Guide to the Music of Pakistan
Rough Guide to Sufi Music
Yusuf Islam & friends - In Praise of the Last Prophet
Youssou N'Dour - Egypt

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