Instructional Materials

 

The following materials have been posted with the permission of the Bandura Educational Commission:

“With the increase of students of the bandura in the US and Canada and the establishment of the Bandura workshop (Kobzarska Sich) at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camp in Emlenton, Pennsylvania in 1979, the need for prepared music notes arose. Under the auspices of the Society of Ukrainian Bandurists, the Bandura Educational Commission was established. The purpose of this Commission was to compile, publish, and disseminate bandura music and educational materials. Since 1983, eleven collections of music have been published, ranging from beginner music to collections of carols, religious canticles, Hryhory Kytasty compositions and music set to the words of Taras Shevchenko. Special musical collections for seminars, cultural literature, and reprints of historical publications are also provided to students. In addition, a library of music notes, a resource centre, and a program of instrument purchasing have been established by the Commission.”

~ Dr. Ihor Mahlay, 2015

For further information about the Bandura Educational Commission and/or its instructional bandura materials, please contact Dr. Mahlay at imahlay[at]yahoo.com

 

BEGINNER BANDURA SERIES

 

Bandura Starter A: Collection of Bandura Music for the Beginner Student

Written and compiled by banduryst Nadia Tarnawsky, this collection includes instruction and repertoire for first-time bandura players

 

 

Bandura Starter B CoverBandura Starter B: Collection of Bandura Music for the Beginner Student

Compiled by Andrij Bebko, Ihor Mahlay, and Oleh Mahlay, this collection includes instruction and repertoire for beginner-level students.

 

 

Bandura Starter C: Collection of Bandura Music for the Beginner Student

Additional repertoire for beginner-level bandura, compiled by Andrij Bebko, Ihor Mahlay, and Oleh Mahlay.

 

 

 YOUTH BANDURA

 

Youth Bandura.pdf

The Youth Bandura: Collection of Songs for Young Bandura Students

This collection, compiled by A. Hornjatkevyc and V. Moroz, includes a variety of music for young bandura students, including folk songs and christmas carols among other repertoire.

 

 

GRADUATED BANDURA REPERTOIRE

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 1 Cover.pdfBook 1: Collection of Bandura Music – Beginner Level

Book 1 gives an overview of the parts of the bandura and basic playing technique, and provides beginner-level folk, sacred, and art song repertoire arranged by H. Kytasty, I. Mahlay, and M. Lysenko. Compiled by I. Mahlay.

 

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 2.pdfBook 2: Collection of Bandura Music – Intermediate Level

Book 2 gives a brief history of the bandura and the kobzar tradition, and offers a variety of intermediate-level folk song arrangements by I. Mahlay, H. Kytasty, and others. Compiled by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.

 

 

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 3.pdfBook 3: Collection of Bandura Music – Intermediate Level

Book 3 contains additional folk and art song repertoire for bandura at the intermediate level, with arrangements by H. Kytasty, I. Mahlay, V. Sydorenko, A. Koshetz, M. Leontovych and others. Compiled by I. Mahlay.

 

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 4.pdfBook 4: Collection of Bandura Music – Intermediate Level

Book 4 contains additional repertoire at the intermediate level, with arrangements by P. Kytasty, H. Kytasty, I. Mahlay, M. Kolessa, M. Lysenko, and others. Compiled by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.

 

 

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 5.pdf

Book 5: Collection of Bandura Music – Intermediate-Advanced Level

Book 5 consists of intermediate-advanced level repertoire for duets and ensembles, with compositions and arrangements by V. Mishalow, M. Farion, V. Kytasty, S. Hulak-Artemovsky, H. Khotkevych, and many others. Compiled by K. Golchuk and I. Mahlay.

 

 

BANDURA EXERCISES

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 11.pdfBook 11: Collection of Bandura Music – Exercises

Book 11 is a collection of technical exercises for bandura, compiled by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.

 

 

 

THEMATIC REPERTOIRE

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 12 Cover.pdfBook 12: Collection of Bandura Music – The Works of Hryhory Kytasty

Book 12 is a compilation of Hryhory Kytasty’s instrumental works for bandura. Complied by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.

 

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 13.pdfBook 13: Collection of Bandura Music – Christmas Carols

Book 13 consists of eighteen Christmas carols arranged by H. Kytasty, I. Mahlay, K. Stetsenko, and V. Barvinsky. Compiled by Ihor Mahlay.

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 14.pdfBook 14: Collection of Bandura Music – Songs of Shevchenko

Book 14 consists exclusively of songs set to the words of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, with arrangements by K. Stetsenko, M. Farion, P. Demutsky, H. Kytasty, I. Stepovy, and others. Compiled by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.

 

Graduated Bandura Repertoire Book 15 1 .pdfBook 15: Collection of Bandura Music – Ukrainian Folk Canticles

Book 15 commemorates the millennium of Christianity in Ukraine with a series of folk canticles, set for bandura by P. Demutsky, H. Kytasty, V. Kytasty, I. Mahlay, O. Mahlay, Z. Shtokalko, and M. Farion. Compiled by I. Mahlay.

 

BANDURA ARTICLES

 

The Bandura: Collection of Articles About the Bandura and Related Topics

This collection includes articles by various authors in both English and Ukrainian, and is meant to expand the bandurist’s knowledge of his instrument and its rich heritage. Compiled by Ihor Mahlay.