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. This is a great opportunity to learn about another culture through music.

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda

Community Gamelan

May 2018 Gamelan Sekar Kemuda Performance

The inter-generational (ages 12-adult) gamelan ensemble meets weekly each semester to explore and experience this unique and fun form of music making. No musical experience is required.

Spring Semester (16 weeks)

Dates: Saturdays, January 26 - May 25 (no class April 20 or May 4)
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Mursell House, Lawrence University (422 E. Washington St., Appleton)
Fee: $224 + $15 annual registration fee

Registration is now open for this session of Community Gamelan.

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Children's Gamelan

May 2018 Children's Gamelan Performance

Children aged 5-11 will learn the basics of Balinese percussion music in a positive and cross-cultural environment. Skills emphasized will be 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. Minimum 5, maximum 20 students.

Winter Session

Dates: Saturdays, January 26 - March 2
Time: 3-3:30 p.m.
Location: Mursell House, Lawrence University (422 E. Washington St., Appleton)
Fee: $40 per child

Registration now open for this session of Children's Gamelan.

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All 2018-19 sessions of Community Gamelan and Children's Gamelan will perform together for a recital in the spring. Admission is free.


Monday, May 27


3:00 pm


Stansbury Theatre, Lawrence University

Eight adults playing various red and gold gamelan instruments.

A student sitting on parent's lap with a mallet in their hand hitting a gamelan gong.

An adult and child are facing each other playing gamelan instruments. A student and parent are playing a red and gold gamelan instrument.An adult hitting the gamelan gong with a large red mallet.

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