Music teaching

In order to develop Khmer harp practice in Cambodia, we have created group lessons, private lessons and a website.

Music school: Sounds of Angkor Academy

The Sounds of Angkor Academy was founded in Phnom Penh in August 2012 by ethnomusicologist Patrick Kersalé. It aims to teach the practice of ancient musical instruments and traditional repertoires of Cambodia. It is one of the components of the Sounds of Angkor project. Since January 2018, this Academy is based at Heritage Hub (Wat Bo Pagoda, Siem Reap).



Sounds of Angkor Academy offers courses on ancient musical instruments rebuilt par Patrick Kersalé (pre-Ankgorian, Angkorian and Post-Angkorian ones):
• Pre-Angkorian and angkorian Harps
Pre-Angkorian and angkorian monocord zithers

• Pre-Angkorian lute

• Percussion (drums, scrapper, small cymbals, bell tree…)

• Trumpets, conch...

A teaching dedicated to the instruments and the
 kantoam ming funeral repertoire, of post-Angkorian origin, is also given.



Men Pheakdey is the son of Master Man Men, a specialist in possession music (phleng arak) and ancient wedding music (phleng kar boran). This professional musician plays several ancient and traditional instruments: kse diev monocord zither, pre-Angkorian and Angkorian harps, pre-Angkorian trisari lute, takhê zither, tro khmer fiddle, chapei dang veng lute and various percussion ... He teaches string instruments, percussion and wind instruments.
Pong Pon is the grandson of Master Seng Norn, a kantoam ming funeral music specialist. He teaches the instruments of the kantoam ming ensemble (oboe, gong chime, percussion) and its repertoire.

Patrick Kersalé, ethnomusicologist and musician, teaches the Angkorian harp technique and improvisation.

Website “Khmer harp”

On our Khmer Harp website, students can find general information about teachers, making instruments and repertoire pieces to work on.


The instruments and music taught allow each one, according to his capacities and assiduity, to quickly find a job as a musician in one of the luxurious hotels of Siem Reap. The Angkorian harp is particularly requested.
The kantoam ming ensemble is more and more solicited at the funeral and can not satisfy all requests.

Schedule, location, fee

Angkorian instruments: every Saturday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Sunday from 9:00 to 11:00 am at Heritage Hub, Wat Bo Pagoda, Siem Reap. The time slot can be extended according to the affluence. Price: US $ 20 per month for 16 hours of group course.
Kantoam ming at Wat Svay Thom pagoda by appointment. Fee to be defined.


Sounds of Angkor Academy needs to develop in order to offer quality musical shows to service providers like event companies and hotels. To develop this program, we need to recruit students who are preferably already musicians. But we also need instruments. The purchase of an instrument is sometimes a handicap for students and we strongly hope that the financial aspect is not a barrier to the transmission of knowledge and professionalization.


Our sponsors

Six sponsors have already joined us:

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Our most recent investments thanks to our sponsors

  • sang na  drums for klang kaek orchestra playing for funeral processions: $ 350
  • Pair of wooden stand for kantoam ming gongs: $ 70