I attended a Pin Peat class -- xylophone and drums -- with my daughter and her dad. We wanted to get a peek into the world of Cambodian arts, which is exactly what we got. The group of students performed a couple of songs for us before participating in their own lessons. We then had a chance to try the instruments -- my 11 year old daughter loved learning a little about the xylophone. They also answered our questions, and asked some of their own.
Our guide was Cambodian, and also a student of Cambodian music. His explanations and participation added to the sense that we were seeing a real piece of Cambodian life.
One of the best things about the experience was knowing that these tours financially support the reclamation of arts education in the country, so much of which was destroyed during the Khmer Rouge years.
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