Instrument Teaching in the Context of Oral Tradition: A Field Study from Bolu, Turkey

Abstract

The primary objective in the present study has been to identify general characteristics of learning and teaching the playing of musical instruments in the context of oral tradition in Bolu, Turkey. The research data have been compiled over a two-year period via observation and narrative interviews conducted in the city center and surrounding villages in the province. The article specifically describes aspects of the learning-teaching process with respect to trainer, learner, setting, frequency of instruction, learning objectives, the music genres that are taught, and the musical instruments themselves.

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Violin trainer and learner from Ovadüzü village.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

Darbuka trainer and learner from Bahçeköy village.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

Violin trainer and learner from Bahçeköy village.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

Violin trainer and learner from Bahçeköy village.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

Bağlama trainer and learner from Demirciler village.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

Clarinet (Bahçeköy) and davul (Bolu) learners at the beginning stage.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

Clarinet (Bahçeköy) and davul (Bolu) learners at the beginning stage.

Photo: Cemal Özata.

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