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

Balinese Gamelan

Location:

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 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. Classes run at a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 20 students. Community Music School gamelan students perform together with Lawrence University gamelan students in at least one concert per year.

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda

(ages 12-adult)
 
May 2019 Gamelan Sekar Kemuda Performance


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 fun form of music making. No musical experience is required.

Children's Gamelan

(ages 5-11)
 
May 2019 Children's Gamelan Performance


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 may be needed. No musical experience is required.


Fall 2022 Semester

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda


Rehearsals: Sundays, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
12 Weeks: September 11–December 11
(no rehearsals November 13 or 27)

Fee:
$276+ $19 annual registration fee

Registration will open soon!

 


Fall 2022 Session

Children's Gamelan


Rehearsals: Sundays, 12:00–12:30 p.m..
8 Weeks: September 11–October 30


Fee:
$84 per child

Registration will open soon!

 

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