Unit II Classroom Applications of Fieldwork Basics
Lesson 4 Teams in the Field
Questions for Traditional Musicians
Identify someone in your community who plays traditional music. Interview them using the questions below and ask them to sign a release form or give an oral release so that you can use the information you gather for future projects.
Name of Student Interviewer: _____________________ Date: ____________
Name of Interviewee:____________________________________________
Male or Female (circle) Age:__ Written Release Acquired? __ Oral Release? __
- What is your name? When and where were you born?
- Describe the type of music that you play.
- How does this musical tradition relate to your culture?
- Are there particular ocasions in your community when people play and listen to this type of music? If so, do you ever perform on these occasions?
- How did you learn to play (sing) this kind of music?
- When did you start to learn? (How old were you?)
- Where did you live at the time?
- How long have you been actively playing this kind of music?
- What is it about this kind of music that makes it different from other types?
- Are there different styles of playing your type of music?
- When and where do you usually play music?
- Do you ever earn money by playing music?
- Do you play alone or with others?
- Are there others in this locale who play the same kind of music? What are their names and types of musical instruments they play?
- Have you passed your tradition on to others, who and when? Why is this important to you?
- What is your favorite song or tune to play?
- What makes a performance/song good? How do you judge a performance/song?
- Do you have anything else you would like to add?
Adapted with permission from the Portraits of Oregon Project of the Oregon Historical Society Folklife Program, www.ohs.org.
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