• Taiko Player
    Taiko

 

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).  
Taiko Level 1


No prior musical or drumming experience is necessary to learn and love taiko!
Students will be introduced to the art of taiko, including a brief history of modern taiko, basic taiko technique, proper stance and posture, and introduction to beta (flat), naname (slant), and katsugi okedo (sling drum) style of taiko playing. Youth aged 12+ can participate if a parent is also taking the class, but please contact the instructor prior to registration. 
 
Each session is 10 classes and will conclude with an end-of-year recital in Jun 2022. 
Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to register for Taiko Level 2
 
Taiko Level 2


Pre-requisite: Level 1 or recent taiko experience in the past 12 months. 
Designed for students who wish to work on their taiko technique and form, this class will focus on skill development and improvement. The goal of this class is for students to gain a deeper understanding of kuchishoga and good beta, naname, and katsugi okedo technique, to prepare for further taiko study. 
 
Each session is 14 classes and will conclude with an end-of-year recital in Jun 2022. 
Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to register for any of the Sunday Taiko classes.
 

Course CRN Day Date Time Room Fee
Taiko Level 1 30520 Sunday Mar. 6, 2022 - Jun. 5, 2022 7 - 8 p.m. ED2009 $265
Taiko Level 2 91086 Sunday Feb. 6, 2022 - Jun. 5, 2022  8:15 - 9:15 p.m. ED2009 $329

*Children aged 12+ can participate if a parent is also taking the class. Please contact the instructor prior to registration.


  

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