As an interdisciplinary area studies programme, the Department of Southeast Asian Studies has incorporated the study of Javanese gamelan and classical Thai music in several of its modules. Students learn Javanese gamelan music and classical Thai music not only for its musical value but in the larger context of a broad-based learning of Southeast Asia and its cultures, societies, politics and economies. It is in this context that the study of Javanese gamelan and classical Thai music in Singapore can best benefit and educate students.
In some of these modules, students also have the opportunity to learn to play the Javanese gamelan and Thai musical instruments. Playing the instruments bring students beyond books and lectures and into the experience of Southeast Asian arts, making learning at Southeast Asian Studies a truly enjoyable and memorable experience.
Students can study Javanese gamelan and classical Thai music in these modules:
SE2221 Old and New Music in Southeast Asian
SE2214 Arts of Southeast Asia
SE3210 Studies in Southeast Asian Arts
SE3221 Traditional Music in a Southeast Asian Country
SE5222 The Arts in Contemporary Southeast Asia.
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