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.


11-Week Fall Session

  • Sundays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    • September 12 – November 21

  • ages 12-adult, no musical experience necessary
Safety Precautions:
  • Students must be fully vaccinated (two weeks past the final dose) to participate in in-person rehearsals or performances.
  • Students must be masked at all times.
  • Weather permitting, classes will be held outside. (Otherwise, classes will be held inside Mursell House.)

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