music, which originated from Indonesia, was brought to Malaysia by
the Javanese immigrants in the 14th century. There are two types of
gamelan music in Malaysia :
i) “Gamelan Johor” (Javanese Gamelan)
ii) “Gamelan Terengganu”
musical instruments are made of “perunggu” or iron and wood. In the
Javanese language, Gamelan means “to beat” or “hit”. Gamelan musical
instruments are classified as idiophonic instruments which are
beaten or hit.
Gamelan music or Javanese Gamelan is played by the Javanese
descendants who came to Malaya as an accompaniment to wayang kulit,
dances or instrumental music in ceremonies such as weddings and
circumcision. The Terengganu Gamelan,known as the Malay Gamelan is
performed in functions to honour the local and foreign dignitaries
as well as tourists.
Different Methods of Playing The
(instruments such as bonang, saron barung, saron peking,
saron demung, gambang, kenong and gong)
(instrument used is the ‘gendang’)
of Scale Used – pentathonic scale
SMKSA Gamelan Team
This team has been involved in many events such as:
Day ( 2000-2005 )
Kedah Royal Concert (in conjunction with the Head of State, DYMM
Sultan of Kedah’s birthday)
Future plans for the Gamelan team:
Day Concert for the state of Kedah, 2000 till 2005.
Gamelan alongside modern instruments in an orchestra.
the repertoire of songs
welcome the arrival of the DYMM Sultan of Kedah on school occasions
such as the School’s Speech Day
play gamelan alongside caklempong (another piece of traditional
musical instrument) in concerts and special occasions
in the Malaysian Gamelan Festival in the state of Pahang in 2002.
in the students’ Talent Concert on Teachers’ Day year 2005.