Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Performing Arts Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Tony Maydwell


In the form of a handbook, this dissertation is predominantly directed at Western flute players interested in world music, the shaktthachi or bansttri, or who may be looking for advice on playing Japanese or Indian inspired works. Performing music that is not in the normal Western classical idiom can sometimes be a daunting experience for a flautist. By looking first at the background musical and cultural aspects relative to each country and then delving deeper into the finer details of characteristic nuances and techniques, the flautist can then take the music to a higher level. In addition, an extensive list of the flute repertoire which has been written by Japanese or Indian composers or display characteristics from the music, is given. This list can guide the flute player into choosing a suitable work A CD also accompanies this document, providing a beneficial source of Japanese and Indian music. Beginning with a broad discussion on the basic cultural and musical aspects of Japan and India, the reader can start generating their background knowledge before moving on to the next section. To follow is a chapter on the fundamental aspects of each country's respective popular flute: the bansttri and shaktthachi. This section aims at giving the flute player a general understanding of each instrument, so as to better apply the techniques to the Western flute. To facilitate learning, a table of techniques, including their Western symbol and their source is provided. Finally, the document considers translating the techniques onto the Western flute and putting them into practise. Two case studies are used to demonstrate the application of techniques in a performance situation: Honami by Wil Offermans and L 'attbe Enchantee by Ravi Shankar. The accompanying CD is provided to develop awareness in the flute player who may not be familiar with the Japanese and Indian music discussed.