MUS20820 UCD Gamelan Ensemble 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the art music tradition of Central Java by performing in the gamelan ensemble. The core focus of the module is on traditional Javanese forms and techniques, which students will become familiar with through practical experience on the various instruments that make up the gamelan. The module culminates in a end-of-semester concert. There will also be an opportunity to compose new works for the gamelan ensemble, once students becomes familiar with its basic principles.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

All students completing this module will:
1. Gain facility on the different instruments of the Javanese gamelan.
2. Acquire a thorough understanding of traditional Javanese musical forms.
3. Develop overall musicianship through the practice of ensemble playing.

Returning students who have completed previous gamelan modules will also acquire further skills in the improvisatory techniques typical of the tradition.

Indicative Module Content:

Indonesian Music Theory
Ensemble Rehearsals
Concert Performance

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered through weekly ensemble rehearsals.
In each rehearsal, some time is also dedicated to teaching individual students new skills. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Monitoring students' progress at set tasks, up to and including concert recital or recording
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Recital or Final Recording Week 12 n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Pre-recital assessment Week 11 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The teacher will monitor the students' progress throughout the term. Regular feedback and guidance will be given to each student in the ensemble, especially in the final weeks before the evaluation. Students are expected to integrate this feedback into their playing by rehearsing at their instrument outside of class time.