Chester Children's Gamelan Project

Tom Whitman teaches Chester schoolchildren about gamelan instruments in Lang Concert Hall.

In a project sponsored by Swarthmore's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and the President's Office, young children are introduced to the rich performing arts traditions of Bali, Indonesia. Led by Daniel Underhill Professor of Music Tom Whitman '82, student and faculty volunteers from the College teach children to play Gamelan Angklung, a small percussion ensemble, using instruments made by I Wayan Berata, a master instrument maker in Denpasar, Bali. Community partners include the Chester Charter School for the Arts in Chester, Pa.

Prospective volunteers who would like to participate as teachers in the program should contact Tom Whitman.