A Musical Approach to Marimba Education: Incorporating Global History and Folkloric Repertoire Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Kilby, Matthew
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • In order to identify and fill holes in the lost history of the marimba, my thesis will examine the progression of the marimba from a folkloric instrument to an instrument played by a soloist on the concert stage in the United States, and how that evolution has affected the instrument’s communal reception. Specifically, my thesis will focus on development, first in Africa, but then more extensively in Latin America (Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Chiapas, Mexico). Lastly, I will discuss how music commissioned and performed by the Hurtado Brothers, Clair Omar Musser, Leigh Howard Stevens, Keiko Abe, and other artists created a new culture for marimba playing in the United States far removed from the marimba’s Central American and African culture and what impact this new identity has on the marimba’s global audience.
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  • Alamo, Juan
  • Bachelor of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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