The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance
Degree Programs: MFA
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Working with a full instrument collection, this program explores the music and dance of both Bali and Java. The curriculum offers courses in Balinese gamelan (orchestra), Javanese gamelan, gadon (small orchestra), gender wayang (metallophone quartet), male and female dance, and, periodically, classes in kecak (monkey chant) and gong suling (flute ensemble). In both Javanese and Balinese areas, repertoire encompasses an extensive range of traditional and contemporary works. The coursework allows students to become accomplished performers and also features classes in theory, transcription and analysis. Candidates for the MFA degree must demonstrate their performing skills in recitals and, if relevant to the specific nature of a student's work, complete a supplemental thesis.