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
Written and compiled by banduryst Nadia Tarnawsky, this collection includes instruction and repertoire for first-time bandura players
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Book 11 is a collection of technical exercises for bandura, compiled by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.
Book 12 is a compilation of Hryhory Kytasty’s instrumental works for bandura. Complied by I. Zawadiwsky and I. Mahlay.
Book 13 consists of eighteen Christmas carols arranged by H. Kytasty, I. Mahlay, K. Stetsenko, and V. Barvinsky. Compiled by Ihor Mahlay.
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.
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.
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.