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Music Performance Class: 
Balinese Gamelan

The course is a performance class in gamelan music. Students will attend daily rehearsals at the home of Dewa Alit, a well-established musician on the island. Queens College Professor Michael Lipsey and Dewa Alit will lead rehearsals, teach parts, and work on music with the students, leading to a final performance. Dewa Alit lives in Pengosekan, a famous village well-known for music. It also is the home of the famous group Cudamani. Dewa Alit is one of the founders of the group. Pengosekan is very close to Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali. 

Students will be expected to attend daily rehearsal, practice (instruments provided) to memorize parts, and visit cultural events during class time. Class trips to major concert venues and cultural sites will be mandatory. Students also will be expected to read assigned passages and attend music concerts and ceremonies. Listening to music is an essential part of this program. 

Students will gain an understanding of the role that music plays in Balinese society. They will learn basic forms, understand compositional techniques, work on performance techniques for all of the gamelan instruments, and give a final performance in Bali at the end of the month. This class is designed to accommodate any level of gamelan student. No prior musical knowledge is necessary.​


Location: Bali, Indonesia

NY departure and return dates: June 5 - July 5

Arrive in Bali morning of June 6th

Course: 3 credits, MUS

Faculty: Michael Lipsey, Queens College Assistant Professor, Aaron Copland School of Music

Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $2227

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $690

Travel insurance: $37 

Consolidated fee(includes housing, excursions, gamelan/space rental, student fees, airport shuttle):


Total cost with airfare: $4227

Airfare: 2000 $ (estimate)

Additional costs:

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $600)

Application Deadline: April 8, 2013

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad​​

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