1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly
Enrolment not permitted
ASST2006 has been successfully completed
Topic description
The topic explores a variety of musical genres in Indonesia, with a focus on popular, folk and classical court styles. Interactions between Indonesian musical genres and cross-cultural influences between Western and Indonesian music are also explored. Weekly practical workshops held in the Pendopo enable students to learn to play a range of compositions for Indonesian gamelan orchestra on a variety of gamelan instruments.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • provide students with an understanding of the diverse range of Indonesian musical genres including popular, folk and classical traditions

  • provide students with basic skills to play simple compositions for Javanese gamelan orchestra, in a variety of musical styles, in different sections of the orchestra
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • understand the different genres of Indonesian performance arts (folk/popular, classical/traditional, modern/contemporary and regional)

  • understand gamelan performance as a genre of Indonesian performance

  • name the different instruments of the Central Javanese gamelan and describe how they are played in a variety of musical pieces

  • play instruments in each of the three sections (basic melody, embellishing and phrasing sections) of the gamelan orchestra, in the three styles (lancaran, ladrang and srepeg) taught during the semester

  • identify gamelan influences on Western music

  • show an awareness of the importance of group performance in playing gamelan music.