Archive for December, 2019


Upcoming Beginner’s Workshop (Jan-Feb 2020)

December 17, 2019

Beginner's Workshop 2020 poster

Pleased to announce a new beginners’ workshop starting on 4 January, and running for eight sessions on Saturday afternoons!

This workshop is open to members of the public (i.e. you don’t have to be from NUS to join), and no prior experience with music or gamelan is needed.

Details below, in case the poster doesn’t display, followed by an FAQ:

Date and Time

Saturdays, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
4 January to 29 February
(except 25 January for Chinese New Year)


NUS Gamelan Room
1 Arts Link, AS2 #02-01, Singapore 117570
(between LT11 and The Coffee Hut)

Fee (all 8 Sessions)
$150 (public) / $80 (students)

Registration and Enquiries

Email for enquiries and registration


What sort of music will we play?

Just for an idea: here’s some links to videos of our ensemble


And an audio recording of a piece Singa Nglaras performed together with participants of a similar beginner’s workshop

Do I need to prepare anything for the session?

Just yourself, and maybe a notebook. The instruments are low, and we’ll be sitting on the floor, so comfortable pants are recommended to make it easier to move around.

Do I need to know musical notation?

We won’t always use notation – more fun that way – but when we do, it is usually a cipher notation that uses numbers to mark different pitches.

Saturdays aren’t good for me – is there another day?

One possibility is to join our ensemble’s rehearsals on Tuesdays, 7pm. Though we go through more difficult pieces at a faster pace than the beginner’s workshop, we sometimes have beginners joining in too, and the regular members are always happy to help out.

Can I come without registration?

Technically yes, but registering is greatly appreciated 🙂 This helps us ensure that we have enough people to get the course running (at least 8 is preferred), to make sure we’re not oversubscribed (our instruments can serve about 20 people), and to see if we need any additional instructors.

I’m interested to join but I can’t make all eight sessions

Send us an email and we’ll work something out 🙂 Ideally we stick together as much as possible as the more people there are, the more satisfying the music sounds!