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The Importance of Proper Presence of Musical Folklore in Textbooks

Kushtrim Jakupi


Musical folklore is part of our daily life, it is in our past – tradition and also it will be part of our future. Albanian folk music has its place in history and has evolved together with it. Our ancestors were chanted to the beauty, successes, joy, but also to sufferings, war, etc. accompanying it to our days. The importance of preserving the music is same as preserving the identity of a nation; songs are layered in generations and are deep in us. Folk music has an extraordinary force and ability to penetrate deep in our emotions because it’s part of identity. Hence, care about folk music should be very special. It represents a jewelry which should be naively preserved not only individually but also institutionally. Musical folklore should be cultivated not only in various parties, in few manifestations or folk festivals, but also in educational institutions starting with preschoolers to high educational levels, because in this way we will attain to create a real sight for our folk music and to create proper conditions for it to exist further. However, is this happening to an appropriate degree, or not? This is a question that I have handled by doing an analysis of all musical textbooks. Also giving a reflection on what is happening with musical folklore, folk music, how it is treated in our schools, should it be given more space, should we invest more, as well as many other questions that remain to be discussed. This insight may be an initiative for other discussions and writings that will treat problems that have to do with musical folklore. Unfortunately, much remains to be done in this field from institutions, which are responsible for preserving cultural values, also from every individual, every student which can give their contribution in this field.

Keywords: Albanian Folklore, Folk Music, Pop-Folk Music, Rhythmical Instruments, Folk Instruments, etc. 

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