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American Gamelan and the Ethnomusicological Imagination$
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Elizabeth A Clendinning

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043383

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043383.001.0001

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Bimusicality and Beyond

Bimusicality and Beyond

(p.154) Chapter 8 Bimusicality and Beyond
American Gamelan and the Ethnomusicological Imagination

Elizabeth A Clendinning

University of Illinois Press

The chapter examines roles for gamelan in music pedagogy outside ethnomusicology. First, the pedagogical benefits of teaching gamelan are compared to those of teaching African drum ensembles and steel pan, two other non-Western classical percussion traditions that are commonly taught in American colleges. Then, the benefits of teaching gamelan within percussion education, composition, and music education programs are considered as teachers who employ gamelan in their classroom discuss how they use the instruments. Pedagogical benefits for students include improving motor coordination, physical technique, focus, and cognition; improving their listening skills; and expanding their concepts of artistic collaboration or group social skills, in addition to instilling real possibilities for cross-cultural professional artistic collaboration.

Keywords:   African drum ensembles, composition, cross-cultural collaboration, gamelan, music education, pedagogy, percussion, steel pan

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