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 ages 5-adult a unique opportunity to learn about another culture through music.

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda

Community Gamelan

Ages 12-adult

May 2018 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 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 closed for this session of Community Gamelan.


Children's Gamelan

Ages 5-11

May 2018 Children's Gamelan Performance

Children 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.

Spring Session

Dates: Saturdays, April 6 - May 25 (no class April 20 or May 4)
Time: 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Mursell House, Lawrence University (422 E. Washington St., Appleton)
Fee: $40 per child

Registration is closed for this session of Children's Gamelan.

Please fill out our interest form to receive information on future sessions.


Community Gamelan and Children's Gamelan will perform together in a spring concert with the LU gamelan students. The concert will include meditative traditional ceremonial pieces and vibrant contemporary works by Balinese composers.


Monday, May 27


3:00 pm


Stansbury Theatre, Lawrence University


Free and open to the public

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.