Beauty tastes Indonesian culture
INDONESIAN language has been taught at Mount Beauty Secondary College for many years, but for the first time students have presented an Indonesian cultural concert.
College Indonesian teacher Ita Rose believed the students’ experience with music and dance would help them relate to the language lessons.
“Learning about the culture of a country or place is part of the language curriculum,” she said.
“I believe the singing and dancing make the lessons more interesting for the students.”
Ms Rose invited three Republic of Indonesia consular staff to lead workshops in ‘angklung’ music.
Angklung are single-note tuned percussion instruments made from bamboo which are shaken by a player to produce a quavering note.
The students picked up the technique quickly and soon managed to play verse and chorus of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.