Kulintang gong music is practiced in many styles from several groups in the Philippines, northern Indonesia. Its Philippine origins were in the 14th century where it was created as royal court music in Mindanao, the Southern island of the Philippines. Many different Indigenous tribes play kulintang music in Mindanao. This ensemble will introduce the history and culture of Philippine kulintang music with a focus on Maguindanaon traditions such as the gandingan as talking gongs. The ensemble will learn performance styles, improvisation, number notation, and how to play as an ensemble on all the instruments. This class will also examine contemporary work that has been composed for Kulintang as well as compose and perform music created by students in the class. There will be a 2-hour required ensemble rehearsal each week.