Gamelan Appreciation Class

A Rare Musical Ensemble Experience

$19.00per guest


  • Learn the background and history of the various types of Gamelan and understand how it is an important accompaniment in most cultural events in Java and in Bali
  • Learn to play a short piece of music as part of the ensemble
  • Have a deep sense of appreciation for the complexity of this uniquely Indonesian percussive expression
  • Guests have appreciated the venue of this workshop being surrounded by paddy fields as being particularly enjoyable
  • On rare occasions, you might be able to catch a glimpse of orchestral and dance rehearsals by students of the host

Inclusive of:

  • Access to all the musical instruments in the Gamelan ensemble
  • English speaking guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Traditional Javanese attire for both male and females (for photo taking) if requested

Not Inclusive of:

  • Lunch
  • Additional time with the host after the stipulated duration is complete
  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Yogyakarta (can be included at additional cost)
$US 19.00 per guest
2.5 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

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Private tour
$ 10.00/trip

More About This Experience

If you have already been to traditional Indonesian temples or palaces, chances are that you have heard Gamelan music. Gamelan is the traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali which mostly consists of percussive instruments. The gamelan represents an indigenous art form that predates the Hindu-Buddhist culture that dominated Indonesia. The earliest image of a musical ensemble is actually already found on the Borobudur temple's bas relief sculpted centuries ago which speaks to this ancient musical form's timeless appeal! This experience takes place a little bit outside of Yogyakarta, it is the perfect place to find a bit of peace and quiet away from the city! During the experience our host, Mr. Pardiman welcomes you into his house to teach you all about this wonderful music genre. Mr. Pardiman is a great gamelan artist who has inspired many young Indonesians to continue the art form into a brighter future while he himself have taken part in numerous international music events as part of a Gamelan ensemble. He will explain a lot about Gamelan but he will also play for you and teach you how to play! And in between he somehow finds the time to make plenty of jokes. When you have learned (and laughed) enough you will be invited to get dressed in traditional Javanese attire and to preform your own concert. The concert will take place outside in front of the surrounding rice field. Don't be nervous, it will be great! Also, it is the perfect picture moment! When you leave this experience you will not only have a new and improved knowledge about Gamelan but you will also have made a good friend in Pak Pardiman.

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up point: The exact pick-up location address will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Since the venue is located about 25 minute drive from the city center, we would recommend using a transport app (Gojek/Grab) as the cheapest and most reliable way to get there
  • Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour begins
  • As breathtaking as the rice fields that surround the venue are, mosquitoes can be the trade off, so bring along your repellents


The pick-up location address will be sent to your email immediately upon booking.

Upcoming availability

Saturday, March 23
Sunday, March 24
Monday, March 25

Your Local Host

Pardiman Djoyonegoro

My name is Pardiman Joyonegoro but you can call me Pardiman. I like gamelan music as it is also a part of my life, i have been in this industry for 27 years. First i learned at high school,and then i got more int...

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US$ 19.00 per guest