A man and child play Balinese drums while sitting on the floor.


I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana


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 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. Academy gamelan students perform together with Lawrence University gamelan students in at least one concert per year.

Open Workshop

Sunday, January 26, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Mursell House, 422 E. Washington St., Appleton
Free and open to the public (open to all ages, no musical experience required)

Try out traditional Balinese gongs, drums, and metallophones in this fun and exciting cross-cultural ensemble experience! Gamelan pieces are learned by rote with close attention to demonstration and cues from our gamelan director, I Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana.

2019-20 Performance

Combined Concert with LU Gamelan Students
(Gamelan Sekar Kemuda and Children's Gamelan)

Sunday, May 17, 3:00 p.m.
Lawrence Memorial Chapel
Free and open to the public

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 unique and 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.

Spring Semester

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda

Rehearsals: Sundays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
January 26 - May 17
(no rehearsal April 12)

Fee: $232 + $15 annual registration fee

Click here to register.


Winter Session

Children's Gamelan

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
January 25 - February 29
Informal recital at Mursell House on February 29 for family and friends.

Fee: $50

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Spring Session

Children's Gamelan

Rehearsals: Saturdays, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
April 4 - May 16
(no rehearsal April 11)

Fee: $50

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