Friday, 25 May 2018

Indonesian Music Workshop

Over the last two weeks KS2 children had an opportunity to explore Indonesian music and culture. Thanks to Havering Music School and The Indonesian Embassy we were the first school in the United Kingdom that learned to play Indonesian Angklung.

The Angklung is a musical instrument made of a varying number of bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved to have a resonant pitch when struck and are tunes to octaves, similar to Western handbells. The base of the frame is held in one hand, whilst the other hand shakes the instrument. This cause a repeating note to sound.

The children enjoyed the music sessions immensely and were extremely happy being able to sing and play some popular Indonesian songs. Maddison in Year 4 said, '' I like playing this bamboo xylophone and I am very good at it''.

You can watch their short performances on Facebook.