Gusti Komin, Director


Gamelan consists of gongs, metallophones, hand drums, and bamboo flutes, creating shimmering layers of rhythmically intricate, lyrical patterns.  Students will learn the basics of this unique musical practice by playing and performing on traditional instruments, culminating in an end-of-semester performance.  Students will also learn how gamelan fits into Bali’s rich, multifaceted culture. No prior experience is necessary. 

Advanced students and community members may also participate in Gamelan Galak Tika, directed by Gusti Komin.  Galak Tika performs regularly in the Boston area and throughout New England, focussing on both traditional and modern Balinese music and dance. 

A six (6) unit performance course credit may be available to eligible students with permission by the instructor.




Fall 24

  • November 23, 2024 - 2pm - Gamelan Fall Concert - Kresge Auditorium

Spring 25

  • March 16, 2025 - 12pm - Global Music Day - W18-1202 Music & Culture
  • May 10, 2025 - 2pm - Gamelan Spring Concert - W18-1102 Performance Lab




There is no formal audition or music experience required for the Balinese Gamelan class; only an interest in learning to play any of these instruments.  MIT students wanting to take the class should register for 21M.450 and attend the first class meeting on Thursday September, 5th from 3:30 to 5pm. Classes are held in W18-1202 Music and Culture Space.

Anyone wishing to participate in Gamelan Galak Tika should reach out to Gusti Komin ( directly.

Instruments provided; no previous experience necessary.


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