Beauty tastes In­done­sian cul­ture

Alpine Observer - - News -

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’.

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