The oral tradition has been around for a long time in the study of Thai music, and it continues to play an important role in present times. Before introducing music notes and a formal curriculum to the Thai music education, transmission of music relied on vocals. The Thai music term noi pak refers to the way in which the teacher simulates the sound of an instrument and sings it as a model for students to follow. Different schools of music teaching and different musical instruments may result in a range of ways to communicate through the channel of the voice. Standards of oral learning are benchmarked to the students’ capabilities of beautiful music-making.

Anant will talk about his childhood experience learning instrumental music through the voice of his teacher, and how he incorporated this vocal learning into his perception of music. The session will end with a sing-along of a traditional Thai song.


Born in 1965 in Bangkok, Thailand, Anant is an active ethnomusicologist, a theatre composer, and the recipient of the 2019 Silpathorn Award for his achievement in creative music works. He holds first class honours degree in Thai Music from Chulalongkorn University and M.Phil. in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, U.K. Anant has published a large number of articles in topics of ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology for newspaper and monthly magazines, as well as hosting a weekly radio programme in Thai music. Since 2015, he has established and directed a unique C-ASEAN Consonant ensemble which consists of music gurus and youth musicians from 10 ASEAN member countries. At present he works at the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University as a full-time lecturer in ethnomusicology, ASEAN music culture and music & community subjects.

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