Diving into Inquiry – Aesthetic Expression – Japanese “Bigaku” through Music

The Japanese word “Bigaku” is made up of two Chinese characters, the first being “bi” or “utusukushii” – beautiful, and the second being “gaku” or “manabu” – to study and learn. With the help of our visiting artist, shakuhachi player Christopher Blasdel, G5 students explored the Japanese aesthetic of beauty¬†with a variety of flutes, drums and the koto. Three concepts – Ne-Iro (color of the sound/tone), Wa (harmony) and Midare (disorder/chaos) provided groups of students with a framework to create short performance pieces. The ideas introduced will be further incorporated into individual compositions for the koto in Music during the course of the unit.


Ne-iro into Wa

Wa into Midare