Gangsapura Gamelan Workshops
At the start of term, students in Year Seven, as well as Year 9 and 10 Music, attended a Gamelan Workshop conducted by two members from the Contemporary Malay Gamelan Group, Gangsapura. A Gamelan is a set of instruments containing tuned percussion, gongs and drums and is used ceremonially across Bali, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Each Year 7 class had a two-hour beginner session with Gangsapura as they went through the history of the Gamelan, the function of the Gamelan in Malaysian culture, as well as learning to play by using a notation system and musical scale that is unique to Asian Music.
The Year 9 and 10 Music class had a one-hour intermediate session to further explore more challenging aspects of Gamelan playing, building on from the beginner workshop which they had attended in Middle School.
The experience of learning and playing the traditional music of Malaysia has always been an important part of musical education at AISM and we are extremely fortunate to have a Gamelan set that allows the learners an immersive and interactive experience during their normal curriculum music lessons.