Qian Li's Page



Qian Li's Page

Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for The Walden School's Music-a-thon, a musicianship marathon to raise money for Walden's fantastic programs!

I have been astutely following my Balinese gamelan teacher, I Made Terip, since December. Immersed in a society that speaks to me in schooled Indonesian and the rest of the time in native Balinese, I've found my creative mind gone stagnant even as my analytical and performative one sharpen. I was especially taken aback by my own passivity when I discovered my teacher's son had taught one of our hosts here in Sulawesi to assemble bamboo angklung, a shaken tuned ensemble instrument, a practice which I still find dark.

From May 15-June 15, I will make thirty compound resonator bamboo keys to standard. Additionally, I will attempt thick bamboo tingklik keys which I will also be able to make from wood in America where the right kind of bamboo is rare.

Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Your donation will help provide scholarships for students who would otherwise be unable to attend Walden's programs. This year the financial need of our applicants has exceeded our scholarship aid budget, and we need your help to close the gap. I hope you'll support my project: my hands will surely be better prepared to fashion bamboo and wood instruments and you'll help make Walden's programs a possibility for deserving students.

Every gift makes a difference. $10 sponsors one key. For an extra challenge, pledge another $0.30, $3, or amount of your choice per tingklik key and I will attempt these flat, thick bamboo pieces best for temperate climates. Tell me your amount and I'll report back after I've finished! If we make it to the tingklik keys it'll be good news for instrument making Stateside.

At the end of my project I'll record and post the scale produced as a thank-you. If you want, request a small key as a souvenir and I'll try to fit it in my suitcase. Thanks also to the Balinese who are donating scrap and sale quality bamboo for my project, and a big thank-you to my teacher.

By supporting my efforts to become a more able and well-rounded musician, you also support The Walden School, a program that uses a most worthwhile approach for teaching musicianship.

Many thanks for your support -- and please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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