Andy Gleadhill takes a detailed look at the Indonesian Gamelan – Premium – 30 Player Class Pack – Budget Buddies. This 30 player Premium Indonesian Gamelan pack is perfect for whole class instrumental teaching and learning for pupils from age 6 upwards. The Premium range is visually arresting and has excellent sound and build quality. It’s a good choice if the Gamelan will have a permanent home or won’t need to be moved around frequently. This Budget Buddies pack contains everything you need to get your own Gamelan ensemble off of the ground: playing, performing and composing.
The pack includes 10 large instruments (three Gongs, including the massively resonant 80cm size, a Balinese drum and 6 metallophones) and 20 sets of Ceng Ceng (Balinese cymbals), giving you a wide range of authentic Gamelan sounds and making it easy to split the group into buddy threes, each with one big and two smaller instruments.
The three sizes of metallophone (each of which are decorated in traditional red, blue and gold with metal keys suspended from bamboo poles over individual sound chambers), give a range of 3 octaves and these and all our Gamelan instruments are made in Bali, Indonesia. The metallophones in this budget set use recycled metal for the keys and have low cost wooden casings but they have the same Pelog Selisir tunings as the more expensive Standard and Premium models and are just as authentic. The Balinese drum is of solid jackfruit wood construction with two cow skin heads and tuning knots and the Gong has a bronze centre for improved resonance.
Full details of the pack: https://www.drumsforschools.com/product/indonesian-gamelan-premium-30-player-class-pack-budget-buddies-2/
The instruments have been specially modified for use in the classroom: the sturdy metal Gong stand can be dis-assembled into sections if you need to move it around, the metallophone casings are smooth and have rubber bases to protect the floor surface.
Also included are two teaching guides by world music expert Andy Gleadhill: Indonesian Gamelan and Percussion Buddies. Both are written for Class teachers and no prior music training is assumed.
Access to online audio and video support is included.
The Indonesian Gamelan book will take you from basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons and there’s plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing with ten pieces, suggestions on teaching delivery and a blank resource to photocopy to assist with planning composition work. The Percussion Buddies book will show you how to develop percussion accompaniments for almost any piece, whether Gamelan, drumming, choral, ukulele or any ensemble.