SIMPAUNY, Senandung Indah Musik PGSD Angklung Universitas Negeri Yogyakata, is one of the extracurricular activities of Elementary School Teacher Education Study Program in YSU Campus 2 on Kenari 6 Street, Yogyakarta. The members of this activity explore their creativity by playing Angklung, the traditional bamboo music instrument from West Java.
SIMPAUNY was founded in 2012 when the students of Elementary School Teacher Education found various traditional music instruments in Campus 2 hall of YSU Faculty of Education. In the same year, Anggar Ratman, the chief of the student association of Elementary School Teacher Education Study Program at that time, asked Asep Zery Kusmaya, an alumnus of Music Education Study Program of YSU, as the trainer and Singgih Baruna to make the arrangement for the performance.
They hoped that the activity will be able to build the ability of prospective elementary school teachers in teaching traditional music to children. “The teachers will be able to teach Angklung to the children,” said Kharimatul Jannah, one of the members of this activity. Last year, the members of SIMPAUNY were asked to perform in Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were warmly welcomed by the Indonesian Ambassador for Malaysia, Herman Prayitno, and got full attention from the audiences either local or foreign tourists there.
In Yogyakarta, the members of SIMPAUNY had been asked to perform as the opening for concerts of some regional and national musicians such as Bravesboy and Letto. They had also been asked to perform in Yogyakarta Art Festival, the biggest art festival in Yogyakarta.
As the first coordinator of SIMPAUNY, Mohamad Azwar said that the students are hoped to have another chance to perform angklung abroad. He also hopes the Faculty of Education and YSU give full support so that SIMPAUNY will be able to compete either in national or international competitions. (dedy)