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Conservatory of Music


In the summer of 2013 a class of twelve Gettysburg College students went on a trip to Bali, Indonesia to learn gamelan music and to become immersed in Balinese culture. There the group experienced how it felt to become Balinese language learners, discussing how those experiences could be applied to future classrooms in order to accommodate English language learners.

This recording is part of a series of soundscapes from Bali that students created to capture specific moments from our trip. Wayang kulit is the art form of shadow puppetry. It encompasses visual art as well as gamelan music and traditionally serves to tell the story of the two main Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. During our trip we had a private wayang kulit performance in which the story of the Mahabharata was performed.

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This piece is part of the Bali Soundscapes collection, which features photographs, audio essays, and written essays by Gettysburg College students who took the Language, Culture, & Immigration in Bali course during the summer of 2013. See for more.