Asst. Prof. Dr. Sanong Klangprasri

Thai and Oriental Music
Thai and Oriental Music Department
Khaen, Bamboo mouth organ musical instrument and Folk Music of Northeast in Thailand, Thai Folk Music and Thai Music

Career Highlight

Sanong Klangprasri has worked as a lecturer at the College of Music, Mahidol University since 1994 teaching courses in Thai music, Thai folk music, Southeast Asian Music, and Introduction to Ethnomusicology and Oriental Music

Sanong received his Ph.D. in Musicology from College of Music, Mahidol University, a Master of Arts (Music) in Ethnomusicology from the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, and a Bachelor Degree in Thai Classical Music Performance from Chulalongkorn University. His dissertation focused on Thai Folk Music instruments and was titled Khaen: Sound System and Theory of Playing. He received a Thesis Award from the Graduate School, Mahidol University in 2012 and Thesis Award from National Research Council of Thailand in 2014.

Sanong’s research covers such varied topics as The Role of Music in the Treatment of Mind: a Case Study of the Kuang Ghost Dance Rradition – Sikhiu and Sung Noen district, Nakhon Ratchasima, Lao Duang Duen Song: Historical Research and Creative Art Research on Thyme Usakane Harmony (The Sound of Southeast Asia).

He has performed Thai music and Thai folk music at North Carolina, USA. , Japan, the United Kingdom and The Corfu festival Ionian Concert at Corfu, Greek in 2007. Thai Music Workshop and Music Symposium cooperative project of Mahidol University, Thailand and the Institute für Musikwissenschaft der Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar and University of Jena at Weimar, Germany in 2009, He also leader of E-sean Quintet in that received the Telenor Culture Prize at Oslo, Norway in 2013., In 2017 he performed with the E-Sean Quartet in The Festival Young Artist Bayrueth at Germany

He is active in many areas for the College including Editor for regular publications in the Music Journal in which he written more than 30 articles and for newspapers more than 65 articles. He is a radio host for the Parliament Radio Station, Radio station of Thailand. He organizes student internships and practicum in folk music, and advises students on research projects and a judge of Isarn Heritage Artist awards of Khon kaen University.


1979-Nonsaensuk community elementary school (Thailand)
1982-Chonnabotsuksa junior high school (Thailand)
1985-Banphai high school (Thailand)
1990- Chulalongkorn University – Bachelor’s degree (Thailand)
1998- Mahidol University – Master of Art (Thailand)
2011- Mahidol University – Doctor of Philosophy (Thailand)

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