Gamelan as a Second Language systematically exposes and presents the extraodinarily beautiful sounds of the gamelan orchestra. Suite for Gamelan Son of Lion is a meditation on these sounds, and the power and drama of the sounds are presented apart from emotional or intellectual manipulation. David Demnitz has been a member of Gamelan Son of Lion for more than ten years. He has composed many works which have been performed by the ensemble and he enjoys the support and collective spirit that membership in this composers' collective affords. Six of his works for gamelan appear on 'Gamelan As A Second Language' (GSOL2) reflecting his involvement with both minimalism and Afro-Cuban music. David is employed as a music instructor at a residential treatment center in Westchester County. In this context, insights and procedures discovered while composing for the gamelan are put to use in devising group activities for the students.