MPSD First in Midwest to have Angklung Program

MPSD First in Midwest to have Angklung Program
Posted on 10/04/2016

The Angklung Society in Washington D.C. recently provided 18 sets of Bamboo Angklung, 3 octave sets each, to Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Stangel Elementary Schools at no cost to the District.  An angklung is a popular musical instrument throughout Southeast Asia, but originated from Indonesia.  It is made of two to four carved bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The instrument is shaken from side to side to create a rapidly repeating note.  When more than one angklung is played at a time, the performers are playing one note that together produces a complete melody.  Playing angklung as an orchestra requires cooperation and coordination, and promotes the values of teamwork.  The MPSD will be the first school system in the Midwest to have such a program in our elementary general music classrooms.  

The Angklung Society is also sharing the skills of Master Angklung Teacher Tricia Sumarijanto  by sending her to Manitowoc at no cost for a workshop with MPSD Music Staff and Silver Lake College Music Education Majors on October 31st at SLC.  Ms. Sumarijanto will also be an artist-in-residence at the MPSD Elementary Schools on November 1st and 2nd.  

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