An Examination of Sustaining Culture Through Music Education: Tibetan Exile Culture in India

July 12, 2011 / By: Skye L. Sanford

The aim of this thesis is to examine the extent to which educators in India use music to sustain Tibetan culture. Subquestions include what educators identify as the purpose of teaching music to children and what factors are influential in the choice of repertoire. The geographical area of all subjects participating in this study is North India and includes the cities of Delhi and Dharamsala. The methods of this thesis research include interviews with ten music teachers at six institutions as well as examination and classification of music genres taught at these schools. The data was collected during July 2010. The data revealed that the primary reason for teaching music in these schools was to preserve Tibetan culture in Diaspora.