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Name of Author: 
Rostam Bin Abdul Rahman
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
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This educational script is developed to report about a constructive project in composing a

set of local traditional songs for schools' bands or wind orchestra training in Malaysia

secondary school. The idea to construct this set is originally come from Professor Madya

Zaharul Lailiddin b Saidon, a music lecturer from the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

He always emphasises on the importance of a book or a set of conventional songs as an

additional material in schools' bands training. Until today, we are still using the western

folks' songs in guiding the school band or wind orchestra in our school. This scenario

should be improvised by having our own set local songs. It is believed that our traditional

songs are more relevant compare to the western folks' songs for our students in

understanding and mastering the elements of music. Through this method, we will be

able to increase our students' abilities and skills in music. Apart from that, this method of

training will improve their proficiencies in playing the musical instruments. Moreover,

the students will be automatically developing their sense of respect and love towards the

Malaysians' culture and custom. This set of composed local song is build for the

individual and ensemble practise. It consists of nine local folks' songs which have been

selected based on the ability level upon the project limitation. In additional, there are

another three songs that have been especially full-composed for the beginning band


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