The term "gamelan" refers to an ensemble of traditional percussion-keyed instruments from Indonesia, including gongs, drums, metallophones, and bamboo flutes. The music is taught by rote and committed directly to memory, allowing for a high degree of interaction between musicians. Our gamelan classes offer students ages 5–adult a unique opportunity to learn about another culture through music; no prior musical experience is necessary. Community Music School gamelan students perform together with Lawrence University gamelan students in at least one concert per year.

Fall 2024 details and registration are coming soon! Complete an Interest Form for information on future opportunities. 

Instructor Dewa points at a Balinese metallophone while four young students play with mallets.

Children's Gamelan

beginner and intermediate levels
ages 5-14

Children will learn the basics of Balinese percussion music in a positive and cross-cultural environment. Skills emphasized are rhythmic coordination, memory, and musical and social awareness of fellow students. Director Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana brings fifteen years of experience teaching children's ensembles. Caregivers are encouraged to stay to assist their children as needed. For new members, one caregiver should plan to stay (and is encouraged to play!) for the duration of the rehearsal.


Intermediate level students will stay for an additional 30 minutes of focused time to hone their advancing skills.

Two years of gamelan experience, or instructor permission, is required to register for the intermediate level class.

Students play ornate golden percussion instruments onstage and watch a dancer in a traditional Balinese gamelan performance outfit.

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda

Ages 14-adult

The inter-generational gamelan ensemble is based on the multi-generational village gamelan model in Bali. The name Gamelan Sekar Kemuda means "Gamelan of the Lotus Flower" and symbolizes the symmetrical beauty of the lotus flower created when members of a community come together with one, shared goal of making music. The ensemble meets weekly each semester to explore and experience this beautiful form of music making