Spring 2022 - CA 343 D100

Gamelan II (3)

Class Number: 8031

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, Wed, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA 243.



Continuation of CA (or FPA) 243, with increased emphasis on the theoretical and ethnomusicological aspects of gamelan. May be taken twice for credit.


Gamelan is one of the Indonesian traditional orchestra consisting mainly of gongs and other bronze percussion instruments, drums, strings, bamboo flutes, and vocals. It is one of the world`s most sophisticated orchestral traditions, yet it is music which includes varying levels of difficulty, and thus the simpler pieces in the repertoire can be approached without training in advanced instrumental, theoretical and practical techniques. An understanding of basic level of music—especially in terms of the fundamental rhythmic skills—would be useful.


By the end of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • apply principles of gamelan music, both theoretical and practical.
  • assess, evaluate, and reflect on a performance and teamwork.
  • explore, create, and/or compose gamelan music in creative way.


  • Attendance and class participation (concentration, preparedness, skill based on the student performance achievement 30%
  • Mid term test 20%
  • Group music collaboration/paper presentation 20%
  • Final performance – include a short reflection on the course, preparation and production, and final presentation 30%


Attendance is required at all classes, and out of class practice/performance will be necessary.

Grades are determined mainly by the instructor`s observation of in-class work during the entire semester, and are based on the seriousness of the student`s practice and performance level achieved such as:

  • Commitment and effort (class participations & exercises in consultation with instructor).
  • The ability to put principles into practices (option to create a music composition for final performance, make a power point for class presentation, or summarize/analyze articles/videos related to gamelan, etc.).
  • The quality of musical skill/critical thinking/creative achievement throughout the course.

Notes: The learning process in this course requires diligence and discipline. Students are expected to actively participate in all classes so please come prepared. Any absences will result in a lowered participation mark. Make-up exams will not be standard procedure of this course except in instances of documented illness, in which case prior notification and physicians explanation are both required.



  • Sorrell, Neil. A Guide to the Gamelan. London: Faber and Faber, 1990 (Online).
  • Pitts, John. Extreme Heterophony : A study in Javanese Gamelan for one or more pianists, 2021. www.pianoraga.com.
  • Brinner, Benjamin Elon. Music in Java: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, c2008.
  • Sumarsam. Gamelan and the West. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2013.
  • Tenzer, Michael. Balinese Music. Singapore: Periplus Eds. (HK) Ltd, 1998.

Registrar Notes:


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