Education & Classes

Onsite Classes
Each season, Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers a series of classes & workshops in both music and dance at our banjar community center and studio. Master Balinese artists-in-residence and senior company members utilize traditional Balinese hands-on teaching methods. Bali's core values of balance, harmony, and interdependence are evident in both music, dance, and theater, and in their close coordination. See below for what's in store this season.

Classes take place at GSJ's Center: 3023 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705 MAP
For more info, contact us via email or call 510-655-1227

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Workshop II on Balinese Bamboo Gamelan Jegog
taught by I Wayan Gama Astawa
Date: Saturday 10am-2pm; 12/2/17
Fees General: $60
Fees GSJ Performing Member: $45

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Indigenous to the western region of Bali, gamelan jegog is a highly energetic type of gamelan music, performed on an ensemble of bamboo marimba-like instruments. The class will be taught by master gamelan jegog musician, I Wayan Gama Astawa, from the village of Tegalcangkring in West Bali. Students will explore dynamic interlocking “kotekan” patterns, mallet technique, and the role of each instrument in the jegog ensemble. With only three ensembles in the entire world outside of Bali, join us for this rare opportunity to study this incredible type of gamelan with one of the most outstanding jegog musicians in Bali. There will be a 30 minute lunch break from 12:00pm-12:30pm. No prior experience is necessary. Age 11 and up.

Balinese Dance

Dates: Winter and Spring Schedule to be announced in December 2017
Fees General: $16 drop in / $175 for 12 sessions
Fees GSJ Performing Member: $10 drop in / $120 for 12 sessions

Basic techniques of male and female Balinese dance are taught through fundamental choreographies created by Bali's master choreographers. Classes will include warm up & exercises to learn movement vocabulary. Whether you are a beginning dancer, or a more advanced student who wants a thorough review of Balinese dance movement, this class will be the answer. No experience required. Age 11 and up.

Family Class

Dates: Winter and Spring Schedule to be announced in December 2017
Fees General: $20 drop in / $120 for 6 sessions (2 people)
Fees GSJ Performing Member: $15 drop in; $90 for 6 sessions (2 people)

Each additional friend/family member is just $5.

Bring your family to engage in the dynamic traditions of Balinese dance, song, and shadow puppetry. Classes include dance movements through fun exercises and simple female and male dances, singing of traditional songs of Indonesia, and creating “wayang” shadow puppets. Nurture your cultural understanding, musicality, teamwork skills, & physical coordination in this fun class. All ages welcome.


Private Lessons

If you wish to study Balinese music or dance directly with one of our guest artists-in-residence, please contact us to let us know what you would like to study, and your level of experience so we can let the artist know what you would like to focus on. We offer 45min, 60min, and 90min appointment slots to fit your schedule.

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Off-Site Educational Programs

Invite Gamelan Sekar Jaya to your school, workplace or community center! Master artists from Bali and Senior Company Performers can bring the beauty and drama of Balinese arts to you.

Music and Dance demo—ideal for a class or school assembly

This is our most widely used program. Three to five performers, including master Balinese artists-in-residence, come to your school and demonstrate gamelan instruments, dance, costumes, and how they all fit together. Bali’s lovely ethos of balance, harmony, and interdependence shines through in the glittering rhythms of interlocking rhythms, melded with a Balinese flair for dramatic presentation. This can be tailored for any size audience or assembly. Length: 30 to 90 minutes. Please email or call to arrange.

Hands-on gamelan workshop

For students ages 8 and up, in groups of up to 18 children. This can either be a one-time session or a multi-week program. Students get to play the gamelan angklung, a 4-toned orchestra, which is an ideal size for both children and adults. The angklung orchestra is made up of different size metallophones and gongs and can be transported to your school. Please email or call to arrange.

Special presentations and residencies

Lectures, demonstrations, small performances, residencies, and other programs are possible by arrangement. Our educational programs can be customized to fit your needs. For example, a workshop on Balinese puppetry or traditional offering making. A multi-week school residency by one of our artists, on music, dance, and/or puppetry. A presentation in a university class on aspects of Balinese performing arts in cultural context, or techniques of interlocking rhythms. Please email or call to discuss. 

More questions? Please email or call us at 510-655-1227

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