Traditional musical instrument performance – Learning with passion


(TVU) – Performing traditional musical instruments at Tra Vinh University is a specialized major of art. Students with passion and talent can study this discipline.

During practice, a group of students passionately played music with flexible hands gliding on the instrument. In the five-sound system, there are six main instruments, in which the “Roneat-ek” xylophone with the most crispy, resonant sound, always plays the role of the main melody … punches, hand drums … All of them coordinate very well, rhythmically bustling and joyful.

Chau Soc Kung, one of the students with the best sense of sound and the most skillful music player, confided: “I choose to study Traditional Musical Instrument Performance (Tra Vinh University) to follow my passion. When studying this major, I have been more adaptive and determined to learn many kinds of traditional musical instruments to preserve the professional fire of my family and the unique culture of the Southern Khmer people.”

Studying at TVU, students of Traditional Musical Instrument Performance regularly practice under the guidance of professional artisans. TVU students always participate in performances during the festivals and Tet of the Khmer people at school, at the Khmer temples.


In particular, TVU set up an art group to participate in traditional music festivals with high achievements. Specifically, in 2017, achieving the A prize musical instrument concerts in the Southern Khmer Culture and Tourism Festival in Bac Lieu province; in 2018, achieving A prize for folk concerts in Soc Trang province; in 2019, achieving the A prize at the festival of music and dance in Soc Trang; in 2020, achieving the A prize for the whole delegation, and the C prize for the solo of the “Roneat-ek” of Arts Festival in Tra Vinh province.

Artist Thach Hoai Thanh, Lecturer of the Department of Arts, Faculty of Southern Khmer Language, Culture and Arts, Tra Vinh University said: “At present, some art forms of Khmer people are gradually disappearing. Young people using and being passionate about traditional musical instruments become less and rare. So, during training at the university, students always try to participate in performing for holidays or festivals as much as possible.

After graduating from the university, students dreamed of bringing their knowledge and understanding about traditional musical instruments, fueling their passion for the next generations to preserve the culture of Southern Khmer people.

Tin Di