At Wesleyan, undergraduates and graduate students have the opportunity to learn about other cultures by playing their music. A favorite class is the Javanese Gamelan, an orchestra of gongs and metallophones, a two-stringed bowed lute, a wooden xylophone, a bamboo flute, and two-headed drums. Wesleyan’s beautiful red and gold leaf court-style gamelan was built over 100 years ago in Java, an island in the country of Indonesia. In Java, the gamelan provides the essential musical accompaniment for all-night puppet shows, dances, feasts, and ceremonies. Listeners have compared the sound of the gamelan to angels singing, a river running, and “moonlight poured over the fields.” Since the instruments range in difficulty from fairly easy to challenging, both musicians and non-musicians are invited to broaden their knowledge of world music, melody and rhythm in this class. The course will also introduce students to other aspects of Indonesian culture, such as dance and puppet theater.
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Despite the large number of academic creative writing programs throughout the world, many people argue that creative writing cannot be taught. Louis Menand explores the issue in an article for the New Yorker in which he quotes Kay Boyle , the director of creative writing program at San Francisco State for sixteen years, who said, “all creative-writing programs ought to be abolished by law.”  Contemporary discussions of creative writing at the university level vary widely; some people value MFA programs and regard them with great respect, whereas many MFA candidates and hopefuls lament their chosen programs' lack of both diversity and genre awareness.
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