Silent Temples, Songful Hearts


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Silent Temples, Songful Hearts: Traditional Music of Cambodia
By Sam-Ang Sam and Patricia Shehan Campbell
Book and CD
144 pages

17 children's songs, traditional instrumental, vocal and dance music; percussion pieces for beginners; stories. Many of the xylophone and flute parts can be used with Orff xylophones and recorders. Study guides; history; geography; culture; maps; photos.   

For early childhood to adult.    


Chapter 1: Historical and Cultural Background - Geography, Climate, Economy, History, Exodus from Cambodia, Communities in the USA.   

Chapter 2: Customs and Traditions - Religion, Ethnic Makeup, Language, Family, Clothing, Festivals, Education, The Arts.   

Chapter 3: Khmer Musical Forms, Genres and Instruments - Music in Historical Perspective, Musical Characteristics, Musical Instruments (aerophones, idiophones, membranophones, chordophones), Musical Forms and Genres, Tradition and Change, Teaching and Learning.   

Chapter 4: A Guide to the Music of Cambodia: 14 Guided Listening Experiences.


  • 3 Etiquette Songs for Small Children (early childhood, K and up)
  • A Game Song (early childhood, K to grade 2)
  • 2 Scarf Game Songs (early childhood to adult)
  • Song of the Colorful Bird: Sakira Deo (grade 2 to adult)
  • Khmer Action Song: Bakkha (grade 4 to adult)
  • Beginner's Instrumental Piece: Thung Le (grade 4 to adult)
  • A Sampler of Instrumental Sounds (grade 4 to adult)
  • Piece for 3 Instruments (grade 4 to adult)
  • The Mohori Ensemble: Khvann Tung (grade 4 to adult)
  • A Musical Story: The Story of Neang Kangrey and Prince Rithisen (grade 4 to adult)
  • Drums: Themes and Variations on the Thaun-Rumanea Drum Pair (grade 4 to adult)
  • Boxing Music: Phleng Pradall (grade 2 to adult)
  • Popular Music/Popular Dance: Roam Vung (early childhood to adult)
  • The Legend of Tiger (early childhood to adult)


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