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Development of a Textbook 'Ethno Solfeggio' in the Field of Music Education

The project is being implemented with the participation and support of UCA Cultural Heritage and Humanities unit, as well as the ISDS Foundation (Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy), Kyrgyz National Conservatory at the initiative of the “Music Without Borders” Foundation within the framework of the “Kyrgyz Kairyk” project.  

At the end of the 20th century, in connection with the strengthening of the issue of national identity, many states turned their eyes to national creativity as one of the brightest symbols of the nation and state. In this regard, compulsory disciplines for teaching national music and preserving its authentic traditions have been introduced in many Central Asian states. One of the focuses included the teaching of subject "Ethno Solfeggio", where musicians are taught to sing according to the rules of national song art, observing the national style, manner and flavour.

The goal of this project is to preserve and develop traditional Kyrgyz music through the musical notation manual for musicians. 

The project aims to:

  • Creation of basic universal educational (musical) literature for musicians of junior, middle and higher levels for mastering the basics of traditional Kyrgyz music. It includes the creation of transcripts (converting audio material into a graphic form - notes).
  • Increasing human resources (solfeggio teachers) through training seminars on the application/use of the textbook under the supervision of experts from the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Conducting a presentation of developed materials with the involvement of representatives of the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic in order to inform them about the importance of introducing the subject of ethno solfeggio into the musical education system. 
  • Distribution of our publication in the city and regions of the country with a small explanatory and presentation programme.

For the implementation of this project, a wide range of music experts and consultants, both local and foreign in the field of traditional music, are involved. Within the framework of this project, a textbook is being prepared which will contain about 300 musical transcripts based on examples of Kyrgyz traditional music. 

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«Jash Kairyk» Creative music education training series

To promote the "Ethnosolfeggio" book, CHHU has launched the "Jash Kairyk" musical educational project, aimed at nurturing the creative and professional capacity of talented children and teenagers from Children and Youth music schools.

This initiative is being carried out as a part of the Cultural production program of the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Unit of the University of Central Asia, in collaboration with the "Kyrgyz Kairyk" music project. As a part of this program, the trainers of the "Kyrgyz Kairyk" music group will conduct a series of educational masterclasses and trainings on composing and improvisation of traditional music for the students and teachers of children's music schools in all regions of Kyrgyzstan.

Additionally, a new music textbook "Ethnosolfeggio" will be presented and distributed among children's music schools in the regions of the country. 

We are pleased to announce that the "Jash Kairyk" project is implemented with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic in several regions of the country, including Naryn, Issyk-Kul, Osh, Jalal-Abad, and Batken. We are committed to continuing this work and supporting the development of musical talent in Kyrgyzstan.