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Than Lwin music school - Yangon (Burma)
Description: It is tempting to link Burma?s lack of musical creativity to disinvestment and gold-lust. Yet, this explanation is only half satisfactory. Burma is by no means the only country in the world where musicians are penniless. So who?s driving the last nail in Burma?s music coffin? It is the weakness of art education, combined with Burma?s cultural isolation, answers Soe Khaing, the music school headmaster. The only two universities that teach music are content with emulating the great masters, and disregard composition and improvisation. In an interview with the Myanmar Times, in august 2005, Ko Du, founder of the Yangon Music Art Academy, was already berating Burma?s passive education techniques, which produces generation after generation of ?Burmese people reluctant to try new things.?

In that regard, Thanlwin music school, founded in 2003 by Soe Khaing and Joyce Mill, is an exception. Lost in the middle of a muddy slum of Yangon?s suburbs, Thanlwin teaches the guitar, the piano, the cello, as well as singing techniques and ? rare occurrence ? music writing classes.
Keywords: Burma, Myanmar, Yangon, Rangoon, Cocoon, music, school, university, choir, instrument, classes, voices, guitar, education
Date: 10.05.2010 19:15
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Copyright Notice: Brice Richard 2009
Keywords: Asia, Burma, June 18, photo essay, Rangoon, Southeast asia
City: Rangoon
Country: Burma


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