Introducing the Sompoton Mouthorgan of Sabah: Let’s Play Sompoton eBook for Easy Access to Essential Techniques for Beginners


This paper focuses on introducing the sompoton, a traditional mouth organ instrument from Sabah, Malaysia, to beginners. The instrument originates from Kampung Tikolod in the Tambunan District of Sabah and is traditionally played solo. However, there has been a noticeable decline in interest, especially among the younger generation. To address this issue, the "Let's Play Sompoton" eBook has been developed, providing beginners with instructional videos, audio recordings, and QR codes for convenient access to lessons on posture, fingering techniques, blowing methods, and practice materials. The study aims to incorporate the sompoton into higher education music programs, emphasizing its integration into ensemble settings to rekindle interest in this cultural treasure. Additionally, this paper includes the adaptation of two simple children's songs, highlighting the sompoton's versatility in engaging and introducing music to young learners. Through the "Let's Play Sompoton" eBook, this research strives to reignite appreciation for the sompoton among beginners and promote its inclusion in music education programs.

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Jinky Jane C Simeon, University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia

Paper Information
Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Arts - Performing Arts Practices: Theater

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