Gamelan for schools

Feedback from our schools

'We have enjoyed creating 'Pentagon' so much to the point that we want to carry on making music.'

'Year 6 have learnt all the history about the Indonesian gamelan.' St John's, Cheltenham

'I most enjoyed playing the River Wye song and having my own part'.

'I enjoyed the sessions in school because we wrote our own song'. English Bicknor Primary School

Booking now for Spring or Summer Terms 2021

We offer 10 week WCET (whole class ensemble tuition) exploring tuned percussion, led by specifically trained tutors. The 10 week programme comprises 8 classroom sessions bookended by a gamelan workshop in week 1, and a final performance by the pupils, both at Gloucestershire Academy of Music. A classroom set of tuned percussion can be provided.  This programme is subsidised by Make Music Gloucestershire and costs £399 per term.

We also offer one-off gamelan workshops at Barbican House in Gloucester (see photos).

Some state schools will be entitled to a subsidised workshop and travel subsidy.

All workshops are fully accessible and suitable for pupils in KS2 and above, including SEND.

To make a booking for a school workshop or WCET, please email Jess,

If you are an adult interested in playing the gamelan, contact

What is a gamelan?

Gamelan is the traditional music of Indonesia. An ensemble includes gongs, metallophones and drums of various shapes and sizes, which are mounted on beautifully carved and painted wooden frames. The instruments look and sound amazing, and playing them is a unique and special experience. 

The Gloucestershire gamelan belongs to Cheltenham Music Festivals and moved to Barbican House in 2016. It was made in Indonesia and the intricate designs are based on the neo-classical design of Pitville Pump Rooms.

A gamelan workshop is a great introduction to music-making whatever your level of musical ability. The straightforward playing technique makes these instruments instantly accessible, and everyone can learn to play because no previous knowledge or experience is required. Learning to play gamelan enriches many areas of music-making, and the emphasis on playing together as a group reinforces the importance of community over individual values.



Gloucestershire Academy of Music,

Barbican House, Barbican Road, Gloucester GL1 2JF

01452 668592 

President Professor Derek Aviss OBE FLCM, LTCL, hon. FTCL, FRSA · Artistic Director Glyn Oxley Bmus (Hons) Edin
Executive Director Kirsty Winnan BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH FRSA · Founder Caroline Lumsden ARCM AGSM Cert Ed
Gloucestershire Academy of Music is the trading name of Gloucestershire Academy of Music Limited.
Registered in England No. 2796427 ·Registered Charity No. 1085708

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