Traditional Cambodian Instrument
Created in 1996, the Music Department was the first department of the Performing Arts School. The department teaches both traditional Cambodian music and modern music. In the final years of the program, students blend the two into a uniquely Cambodian sound.

Students receive high quality instruction in a variety of instruments including korn vong thom, roneat ek, and the takel. The curriculum is divided into three levels: leisure, preparatory, and secondary.

  • 8 to 12 years-old

    Cambodian Music Students
    Photo: Caroline Hosey
  • 1 or 2 hours/week
  • Students learn some children’s songs with instruments.
  • 13 years-old
  • 2 hours/day, 2 days/week
  • Students learn music notes, music notation, rhythm, songs, and sound balance.
  • 14 to 17 years-old
  • Students must choose one of two music skills for their specialization: classical/traditional music or modern music.
  • During the course, students will have exposure to both forms of music. At the end of the course students mix modern and traditional styles together to create new contemporary songs/music.
  • Students take additional courses in theatre, circus, dance, technical work, general education, and soft skills.

Student Playing DrumsToday, the Music Department collaborates closely with the Circus Department to provide live music during the circus shows here in Battambang. Played by PPSA music students, these performances bring together a broad spectrum of styles and genres.

The PPSA campus also houses a recording studio which allows the musicians to make professional quality recordings of their work.

Check out our music students during a circus performance here at the PPSA campus in Battambang. Check the schedule to find out when they perform next!