Using North Indian vocal exercises for aural training in the globalized classroom

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Classically trained North Indian vocalists engage in a rigorous formalized system of practice that incorporates numerous complex sol-fa exercises. Some of these exercise patterns make it into the performance practice of professional artists themselves. The patterns not only develop vocal dexterity and strength but also create a deeply ingrained sense for the modal structures of the tradition. Naturally, these exercises resemble aspects of the Kodaly system of sol-fa training in a number of ways. However, there are some significant differences. This chapter presents experiences from using Indian vocal exercises in a Western music tertiary context for the purposes of aural training. Pedagogical approaches serve, not only to train students toward developing facility with tonal understanding, but also to develop understanding for modal structures worldwide. Thus, aural skills are framed within global practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationListening across borders
Subtitle of host publicationmusicology in the global classroom
EditorsJames A. Davis, Christopher Lynch
Place of PublicationNew York ; London
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429027215
ISBN (Print)9780367135669, 9780367135676
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameModern Musicology and the College Classroom


  • Music Teaching
  • Sol-fa
  • Ear Training
  • Hindustani music
  • Musicianship
  • Cross-cultural


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