A photo from a gamelan concert: youth and adult students sit together on stage behind Balinese percussion instruments, playing with mallets.

Balinese Gamelan


Mursell House, Lawrence University
422 E. Washington St, Appleton

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The term "gamelan" refers to an ensemble of traditional percussion-keyed instruments, including gongs, drums, metallophones, and bamboo flutes from Indonesia. 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 a unique opportunity to learn about another culture through music; no prior musical experience is necessary

A still from a gamelan video, featuring Gamelan Sekar Kemuda and instructor Dewa on stage. They sit behind Balinese percussion instruments and wear tradtitional headwear.

May 2019 Gamelan Sekar Kemuda Performance


Gamelan Sekar Kemuda

(ages 12-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," symbolizing the symmetrical beauty of the lotus flower created when members of a community come together with one, shared goal of making music.


7-Week Summer Session

  • Sundays, 3:00-3:30 p.m. and 4:00-4:30 p.m.
    • June 20, 27; July 4, 25; August 1, 8, 15
  • ages 12-adult, no musical experience necessary
    • ​Maximum 8 students per class
Safety Precautions:
  • Weather permitting, classes will be held outside. (Otherwise, classes will be held inside Mursell House.)
  • Students will be required to wear a mask indoors and maintain a six-foot distance from others at all times.
  • Further COVID-19 safety protocol will be communicated to registered students prior to the first class.

Registration is closed for this session.


Children's Gamelan (ages 5-11) has been put on hold.
Please fill out our interest form to receive information on future sessions.

an elderly woman hits the gong with a mallet; a smiling teacher talks to the class of children and parents/guardians; a gamelan performance featuring drummers and a man dressed in traditional clothing and a mask; teenage students practicing gamelan