Text World rhythms: tabla

TLF ID M012789

This is a teaching and learning activity to construct and play a tabla or tube-la (double drum). The activity provides a brief history of the tabla, information about the materials needed to make it, time required, assessment strategies, the construction process, how to play the instrument and extension ideas. Tabla artefacts date back to the ancient Silk Roads, where they were made of natural materials. The tabla is a very basic percussion instrument and can make a variety of sounds depending on its size and construction.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a resource of value for the Making strand of the Music curriculum in lower primary schooling. The content descriptions focus on students developing skills and techniques for making and performing music. The resource gives students the opportunity to construct their own version of a tabla and experiment with various natural and synthetic materials and construction components to achieve a variety of sounds.
  • The resource may also be of use for the cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia. The tabla has been adapted by numerous communities in Asia, for example, it is heard often in the music of northern India.
Year level

3; 4

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Asia Society
  • Organization: Asia Society
  • URL: http://asiasociety.org
  • Publisher
  • Name: Asia Society
  • Organization: Asia Society
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://asiasociety.org
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
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