Introducing Interlock with the Philippine Kalutang

Posted: July 24, 2019

The PWU School of Music Faculty conducted a workshop on Introducing Interlock with the Philippine Kalutang to music teachers during the Asia Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research held last July 15-18 at the Macao Polytechnic Institute, Macao. Professors Earl Jimenez, Amiel Capitan and Celeste Romulo presented the interlock technique which uses indigenous instrument to teach western musical concept.

Kalutang is a pair of percussion bars which are struck against each other at specific angles to produce a pitch. These sticks are a part of an entire ensemble of kalutang which when playing together produce melodies. The instrument is cut from the kwatingan tree which grows in Marinduque. https://museomusiko.wordpress.com/idiophones/percussion-bars/kalutang/

The activity is a regular symposium of the Asia Pacific regional arm of the International Society for Music Education of which Jimenez and Romulo are members.

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