Jim Dalton: World Music Jim Dalton: World Music Please note: this website is in the process of updating (October-December 2006). Please return frequently for new information.

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    World Music

    In the 21st century, we are lucky to have easy access to the musics of many different cultures through recordings and the internet as well as the more traditional means -- attending performances.

    I am fascinated by the astounding variety of music in the world and have studied and performed a number of different styles. I also teach a course in world music at The Boston Conservatory (I've taught similar courses at other institutions over the years).


    I have also been a guest lecturer (alone or with my wife, Maggi at many different kinds of gatherings on topics (from general to specific) such as:

  • --Teaching of world music in the public schools

  • --Dance music of Ireland

  • --Influence of singing style on the playing of slow airs in Ireland

  • --Guitar styles of Africa

  • --Influence of Asian music on the European and American "Classical" composition

  • For more information contact me.
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    On this page I will provide some resources that will serve to introduce some aspects of music from different cultures or facilitate further study or research.

    (Please check back periodically for new additions.)

  • -- Transcription of an excerpt from Balinese Kecak

  • -- Introduction to Indonesian Kepatihan notation [coming soon]

  • -- Some Irish Dance Rhythms [coming soon]

  • -- Irish language terms relating to music [coming soon]

  • Jim is on the faculty of The Boston Conservatory, teaching music theory, ear training and world music courses for both the Music Theory and Music Education Departments.

    Jim maintains a private teaching studio in partnership with his wife, Maggi.
    They also own and operate a publishing company, Singing String Music Publications.

    He has written articles for Blues Revue Magazine and is the author of Mandolin for Beginners, published by Workshop Arts, Inc./Alfred Publishing. He is a frequent guest lecturer on topics such as composition, choral arranging and Irish traditional music.

    He recently (2004-2005) received a MACRO research grant (Univ. of Wisconsin) to study and analyze palindromic compositions in the concert music repertoire and presented this work at the 2005 Macro Musician's Workshop in Madison WI.

    Jim Dalton endorses and plays the Phoenix Neoclassical Mandolin

    About the Artists--Downloadable PDF form

    Programs--Downloadable PDF form


    Jim's book,

    Mandolin for Beginners, has been published by Alfred Publishing (and National Guitar Workshop)

    It's available online and in retail stores both nationally and internationally.

    You can learn everything from how to hold/ tune a mandolin, how read tablature and strum -- to reading music, tremolo techniques, improvising.

    It's full of interesting tunes and practical advice. There's a CD in it, so you can hear as well as read all the good stuff in the book.

    48 pages Book & CD

    Order it online: NGW Store

    WWW http://singingstring.org

    copyright 1997-2006 Jim & Maggi Dalton