We asked our English teacher, Agus, to have a look around and report to us how we could help the elementary school of Gili Air. One day in the back of the meeting room he found a serie of Indonesian instruments called Angklung. Angklung is a percussion instrument, made of a varying number of bamboo tubes, attached to a bamboo frame.
Similar to Western handbells, the tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and they are tuned to octaves. The kids hold the frame in one hand, with the other hand, they shake the instrument, which causes a repeating note to sound. Each of the kids in the angklung ensemble play just one note, but all together complete melodies are produced. What a beautiful lesson, don’t you think?
It was such a pleasure for us when Agus found Midy, the anglung music teacher. We believe its important to keep the local spirit alive, preserve the cultural identity. In Bali, an ensemble of angklung is called gamelan angklung.
Now what are the benefits of music for education ?
Research, More Than Just Music, proved that learning music enhances skills that kids use in other areas, it also facilitates their learning in other subjects.
“A music-rich experience for children of singing, listening and moving is really bringing a very serious benefit to children as they progress into more formal learning,” says Mary Luehrisen (NAMM)
Making music involves more than the voice or fingers playing an instrument; a child learning about music has to tap into multiple skill sets, often simultaneously.
Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion.
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