Resources Open to Students at the Melbourne Tabla School

Indian Music and World Music CD Library
Students attending the Melbourne Tabla School have access to an CD library of Indian Music and World Music. The audio library features over 500 albums of Indian music and over 350 albums of world music. Students may borrow up to two CDs a week.

Music Book Library
Students also have access to a book library that features books on Indian music in both Hindi and English. The school owns many substantial texts published on tabla playing as well as many books on Indian music theory and Indian musico-cultural studies. The library also features books on western music theory, pyschology for musicians, musical philosophy, the music industry and texts on practice and musical training.

Loops and Leharas Library
Practicing to a lehara (a repeated melody) and practicing while playing along to music is an important part of making practice enjoyable. Of course you can't practice to just any music, you need the right music. Students attending the Melbourne Tabla School have access to a library of leharas (traditional Indian melodies that accompany solo tabla pieces) and audio loops in the form of audio files and midi files. The library includes a variety of pieces in each tal (time cycle) played on a range of instruments, both Indian and western.


Notations of Tabla Music
Students at the school enjoy access to a huge library of traditional tabla compositions that have been notated by Sam Evans. This saves students hours of time writing the music during the lessons as is the traditional practice. Students learn the pieces in the traditional aural system then have the pieces printed for them to take home in the complete form. The notations include compositions in all forms of tabla music collected by Sam through many years of study in India. The notations form part of the tabla book currently being written by Sam.


Tabla Books, Indian Books & World Music Books

Below is a list of books relating to Tabla, Indian Music, World Music and other interesting topics for musicians.

By Sam Evans

The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Vol 1. Chapter 7.8: Pathways to learning and teaching indigenous and world music ensembles.
Sam Evans and Robert Burke (2012)
Available HERE


Representing Tabla Music: Defining an Effective Notation System for Indian Tabla Repertoire.
Sam Evans (Masters Thesis) Monash University (2010)
Available HERE


Tabla Books

Clayton, M. (2000) ‘Time in Indian Music: Rhythm, Meter, and Form in North Indian Rag Performance’ Oxford Univeristy Press. New York, U.S.A.

Evans, S. (2010) 'Representing Tabla Music: Defining an Effective Notation System for Indian Tabla Repertoire' Monash University, Australia. (Masters thesis)

Gottlieb, R, S. (1977) ‘The Major Traditions of North Indian Tabla Drumming’. Musikverlag Emil Katzbichler. Munchen, Germany.

Gottlieb, R, S. (1993) ‘Solo Tabla Drumming of North India: Its Repertoire Styles and Performance Practices’. Motilal Banarasidass Publishers. Delhi, India.

Kippen, J. (1998) ‘The Tabla of Lucknow: A Cultural Analysis of a Musical Tradition’. Manohar Publishers. New Delhi, India.

Shepherd, F. A. (1976) ‘Tabla and the Benares Gharana’. Ann Arbor:
University Microfilms International. (Ph.D. Dissertation).

Stewart, R. (1974) ‘The Tabla in Perspective.’University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A. (Ph.D. dissertation)


Indian Music Books

Bagchee, S. (1998) ‘NAD: Understanding Raga Music.’ Business Publications, India.

Bhatkhande, V, N. (1993) ‘Hindustani Sangeet - Paddhati (Vol 1 - 4): Kramik Pustak Malika.’ Sangeet Karyalaya. Hathras, India.

Devidayal, N. (2008) ‘The Music Room ’Random House India

Lavezzoli, P. (2009) ‘Bhairavi: The Global Impact of Indian Music’ HarperCollins Publisher India.

McNeil, A. (2004) ‘Inventing the Sarod: A Cultural History’ Seagull Books Calcutta.

Nayar, S. (1989) ‘Bhatkhandes Contribution to Music.’ Popular Prakashan, India.

Raja, D. (2005) ‘Hindustani Music: A tradition in Transition.’ D.K Printword, India.

Ranade, A. (1997) ‘Hindustani Music’ National Book Trust India, New Delhi.

Sharma, S, K. (1999) ‘Journey with a Hundred Strings’ Penguin/Viking India.


World Music Books

Bennett, C. I. (1986/1990/1995/1999). Comprehensive multicultural education: Theory and practice. (Editions 1-4). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Bennett, C. (2001) Genres of Research in Multicultural Education. Source: Review of Educational Research, Vol. 71, No. 2 pp. 171-217. American Educational Research

Bohlman, P. (2002) World music a very short introduction. Oxford University Press, USA

Cambell.P.S (1991) Lessons from the world: A cross-cultural guide to music teaching and learning. Schirmer Books. New York.

Cambell.P.S. (2004) Teaching music globally: Experiencing music, expressing culture Oxford university Press. Oxford.

Dobbert, M. Rivka A. Eisikovits, Pitman, M. Gamradt, J. Chun, K. (1984) Cultural Transmission in Three Societies: Testing a Systems-Based Field Guide in Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 4, Cultural, pp. 275-311. Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the American Anthropological Association

Marcus.S. (2004) Creating a community, negotiating among communities. In Performing ethnomusicology – teaching and representation in world music ensembles. University of California press. U.S.A. by Solis, T.

McPherson, G and Welch, G et al (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Volume 1. Oxford University Press. New York, U.S.A.

Miller, T. Shahriari, A. (2006) World music: a global journey. New York : Routledge, 2006.

Nettl, B. Turino, T. Wong, I. Capwell, C. Bohlman, P. Rommen, T (2001) Excursions in world music. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Reimer, B. (2002) World music and music education : Facing the issues. Rowman & Littlefield Education

Rice, P. (1985) Ethno-Improvisation: A Technique for Teaching Cultural Emotions. In Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 4, Teaching Anthropology pp. 280-287. Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the American Anthropological Association.

Solis.T (2004) Performing ethnomusicology – teaching and representation in world music ensembles. University of California press. USA.

Taylor.T (1997). Global Pop: World Music, World Markets. Routledge, London.

Titon (1996) Worlds of music. An introduction to the music of the worlds peoples.
Schirmer Books. USA


Books for Musicians

Bruser, M. (1997) “The Art of Practicing’ Three Rivers Press, USA

Lehmann, A.C, et al. (2007) ‘Psychology for musicians: Understanding and aquiring the skills.’ Oxford University press. New York.

McCormaick, J., and McPherson,G. (2003) 'The role of self efficacy in a musical performance examination: An exploratory structural equation analysis'. Psychology of music, 31 (1), 37 -51.

Meyer.L (1956) ‘Emotion and Meaning in Music’ University of Chicargo Press

Sloboda, J. (1985) ‘The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology of Musicians’ Oxford Science Publications. UK.

Williamon, A. (2004) ‘Musical Excellence: Stategies and techniques to enhance performance’ Oxford University Press. London U.K.



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