Pei Sien Lim

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Piano teachers have a unique opportunity to introduce young children to the folk music of their country, thereby providing these students with a link to their cultural heritage. Since a recent search revealed a lack of Malaysian folk music collections arranged specifically for elementary and early-intermediate piano students, this research paper includes twelve original arrangements of traditional Malaysian folk music which are suitable for use with elementary and early-intermediate piano students in Malaysia and other countries. This paper also provides piano teachers an introduction to folk music from different parts of the world (especially from the Far East), thereby helping and encouraging them to incorporate folk music from all cultures in their piano teaching. This research paper is organized into four chapters. Chapter I serves as an introductory chapter to this research paper. Chapter II is divided into two parts; part one provides a review of scholarly books, articles and dissertations, while part two reviews collections of music, including method books and supplementary books for elementary to early-intermediate pianists. Chapter III includes twelve original arrangements of traditional Malaysian folk music, and a brief discussion related to each arrangement. A midi sound file is included for each piano arrangement. Chapter IV provides a summary, conclusions, and suggestions for further research.* *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Windows MediaPlayer or RealPlayer.