Strategies for Teaching Balinese Music

Subject MUSI90143 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of 24 hours (4 days x 6 hours per day).
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours (including non-contact time)





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and Music Student Centre

Subject Overview:

Students will gain a hands-on experience rehearsing on the magnificent bronze seven-tone ensemble from Bali, Indonesia in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Students will learn to play the instruments of the gamelan leading to a short dramatic performance related to the ritual life of this famous tourist island; learn aspects of the cultural context of gamelan music; and how to teach short forms of gamelan music (such as (baris and bapang) that can be recreated in the classroom.


On completion of this subject students should be able to
• Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural background and function of gamelan in Indonesia and abroad;
• Play several pieces of gamelan music on various instruments;
• Demonstrate their ability to work cooperatively as a member of the gamelan;
• Perform selected repertoire to concert standard.


A performance assessment at the end of Day 4 (50%); a short answer assignment of 2,000 words, due 4 weeks after the final teaching date (30%); and an essay of 1500 words due six weeks after the end of the subject (20%). All components of the assessment must be passed in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Gold, Lisa. 2005. Music in Bali. Oxford: OUP. A reading pack will be distributed before the commencement of the subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Demonstrate increased ability in musical coordination, memory and listening;
• Demonstrate teamwork skills in rehearsal/ performance groups;
• Apply time and people management skills to rehearsal and performance planning;
• Demonstrate the ability to incorporate practical musical skills in unfamiliar musical traditions into their musical life;
• Study selected repertoire relevant to the ensemble to performance standard.

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