Education & Classes

Each season Gamelan Sekar Jaya offers a series of in-studio classes in both music and dance at our banjar (center and studio). Master Balinese artists-in-residence and senior company performers utilize traditional learning methods of direct imitation and example, without the use of notation. Bali’s core values of balance, harmony, and interdependence are evident in music, dance, and theater, and in their close coordination.

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.

WINTER 2017 Classes

Gamelan Gong Kebyar Level 2 taught by I Dewa Putu Berata (Age 11 and up)
Sundays 2:15-3:15 Starting Jan 22nd-April 9 (back room)

Beginning Balinese Dance taught by Emiko Saraswati Susilo (Age 11 and up)
Sundays 2:15-3:15,
 Jan 22nd-April 9th
Friends and Family Balinese Music and Dance taught by Emiko Susilo and GSJ company members (all ages welcome)
Saturdays 10:30-11:30, Jan 21st-Apr 9th
Balinese Dance Level Two taught by Emiko Saraswati Susilo (Age 11 and up)
Tuesdays 6-7pm, Jan 31-Apr 3

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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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