Persian classical music relies on a transmission system that has been used for centuries to transfer the knowledge from one generation to another inside Iran. This, Talaī confirms, constitutes a native player’s perspective, that is, a player with a background in Persian music (Talaī 2000). It communicates a tacit yet richly elaborated knowledge through the master-apprentice system. Currently, there is no efficient and practical way to transmit this knowledge to those who do not possess the relevant language skills and cultural knowledge or background.
There is a considerable gulf between the way Persian classical and Western Classical music forms are transmitted. As a result, the Persian musical tradition is not well known beyond the borders of its native land of Iran. It is not even freely accessible to Persians living outside Iran who had not received musical training prior to immigrating.
The lack of access to suitable teaching materials where theoretical aspects of Persian classical music are integrated with performance is a considerable hurdle that students face in studying Persian classical music.
The following document is prepared to assist the new learners to better understand the foundations of Persian classical music during practical sessions.
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