Twelve students explore the language, culture, and music of Bali

Prof. Brent Talbot leads Gettysburgians abroad for EDUC 298

Twelve students from Gettysburg College, alongside Prof. Brent Talbot, assistant professor and coordinator of music education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, recently returned from Bali, Indonesia, where they spent three weeks exploring language, culture, immigration, and music for the course EDUC 298.

The trip, which included attending traditional cremation, wedding, and temple ceremonies, was highlighted by the opportunity to learn and rehearse Gamelan Angklung (13th century sacred music), Gamelan Gong Kebyar (20th century “flashy” music), and traditional Balinese dance for six hours a day with alumnus Wayan Rachman ’02 at Flower Mountain over a 10-day period.

Inspired by their experiences in Bali, the students also paired up with local villagers to collect stories and photographs from their daily lives. The students are hoping to include these narratives in a book that will be printed and sold to raise proceeds that will fund a scholarship for college-bound students in the village. Radio reports of the narratives will be aired on WZBT later this upcoming year.

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