Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland (HITS) Conference
30 Sep 2008
Gamelan Naga Mas presented a hands-on workshop for educators attending the HITS Conference demonstrating the remarkable power of the gamelan orchestra in helping participants develop ensemble music skills, and individual performance technique. With nearly instant access to music making, the instruments are examined from the viewpoint not only of the originating culture, but from the gamelan's relevance in western classrooms and therapeutic environments.
As part of the arrangement with HITS, we offered an additional workshop for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama students and held an open group rehearsal inviting both RSAMD students and staff to join in.
Good Vibrations 2008
Good Vibrations gamelan project at The State Hospital: Scotland's high security psychiatric hospital. Naga Mas members Margaret Smith and Katherine Waumsley took the gamelan to the state hospital for the third year running, for an intensive week long project for patients, as part of the Good Vibrations team. Good Vibrations was set up in 2003 by Cathy Eastburn for Firebird Trust, and has has worked in 16 prisons and secure hospitals across the UK. It is a remarkable weeklong project that helps prisoners develop key skills such as team-working, communication and concentration.
Music Trains 2008
30 - 31 May 2008
Gamelan music workshops for adults with additional support needs and their support workers. Participants were encouraged to listen, explore and play the Javanese Gamelan. These workshops took place at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness for the Music Trains 2008 project.
Gamelan Gongs and Games
23 April - 6 June 2008
A 7 week project bringing together 4 primary schools in Easterhouse funded by Youth Music Initiative. For the first 6 weeks the children learnt about gamelan through rhythmic games and playing classroom instruments. In the 7th week the Spirit of Hope Gamelan was resident in the school where each group had a chance to play the gamelan and hear a special performance from Naga Mas.
Gamelanability project in The Platform, Easterhouse
The gamelan was resident in the Platform, the arts centre at The Bridge, Easterhouse for a full week and a half of activities. Groups of adults with additional support needs from a range of community facilities, John Wheatley College and local SEN secondary schools enjoyed participating in gamelan workshops and creating music for a traditional Indonesian story, 'the Spinning of the Ocean'. Naga Mas also provided a public famlily performance of traditional and new Javanese and Balinese music, as part of this project.
Testimonials from 'the Spinning of the Ocean':
“I think you’ve got a great workshop here” - carer“It was good. He was interacting in the music. And I enjoyed it too.” - carer“really enjoyed it!” - participant