Taiko at Mount Royal Conservatory
Taiko is the art of Japanese drumming. Traditionally performed for religious, theatre, and communication purposes, taiko is developing into a popular performance art. Taiko is now seen in many countries around the world, and Canada's first taiko ensemble was formed in 1979.
Classes will focus on introducing and developing basic striking skills, proper stance and posture, and learning taiko ensemble pieces with basic choreography, with respect to all four elements of taiko:
- kokoro (spirit: self-control and playing from the heart)
- waza (action: musicianship, skill, and technique)
- karada (body: physical strength and endurance)
- rei (etiquette: respect, courtesy and unity)
“Your heart is a taiko. All people listen to a taiko rhythm dontsuku-dontsuku in their mother’s womb. It’s instinct to be drawn to taiko drumming. In taiko, you can hear the sound through your skin” (quote from Oguchi-sensei).
Instructor: Paula Midori Nieckar
|Taiko for Children (6 - 12 yrs)||CRN 30743||Sunday||Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019||ED2009||5:00 - 5:30 p.m.||$125|
|Beginner Taiko (16+)**||CRN 30745||Sunday||Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019||ED2009||6:00 - 7:00 p.m.||$150|
|Intermediate Taiko (16+)||CRN 30747||Sunday||Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019||ED2009||4:00 - 5:00 p.m||$150|
|Taiko Rep: - Dokokara (16+)||CRN 30741||Sunday||Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019||ED2009||7:15 - 9:15 p.m.||$200|
|Rocky Mountain Taiko Ens. (youth)||CRN 30843||Sunday||Jan. 27 - Jun. 9, 2019||ED2009||3:00 - 4:00 p.m.||$346|
|Rocky Mountain Taiko Ens. (adult)||CRN 30844||Thursday||Jan. 31 - Jun. 15, 2019||ED2009||7:00 - 9:00 p.m.||$250|
|Taiko for Children ( 6 - 12 yrs)||CRN 30744||Sunday||Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019||ED2009||5:00 - 5:30 p.m.||$125|
|Beginner Taiko (16+)**||CRN 30746||Sunday||Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019||ED2009||6:00 - 7:00 p.m.||$150|
|Intermediate Taiko (16+)||CRN 30748||Sunday||Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019||ED2009||4:00 - 5:00 p.m.||$150|
|Taiko Rep: Yodan (16+)||CRN 30742||Sunday||Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019||ED2009||7:15 - 9:15 p.m.||$200|
|Taiko Rep: Omiyage (16+)||CRN 31013||Sunday||Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019||ED2009||1:00 - 3:00 p.m.||$200|
**Children aged 12+ can participate if a parent is also taking the class. Please contact the instructor prior to registration.
Taiko for Children (ages 6-12)
Students who have completed the Beginner Taiko class and have a good understanding of the kuchishoga used in the Beginner class and basic technique. Also suitable for taiko players with previous experience from another taiko group! This class will be focused on learning more repertoire at a slightly faster pace, and with more attention to proper technique.
Repertoire Focus: Yodan Drills and Introduction
Repertoire Focus: Omiyage
Omiyage was written by Shoji Kameda and refers to the traditional Japanese custom of gift-giving. Omiyage is a celebration of the love of taiko, the excitement of seeing taiko for the first time, and the open, sharing attitude that is North American Taiko.
Korekaka (Fuji and Clarke)
Omiyage (Shoji Kameda)
Ready, Set, Kadon (Shoji Kameda)