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    Taiko - For ages 5+

 

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).  Kids Taiko (ages 5 - 9) 
Instructor: Holger Mauthe
No prior musical or drumming experience is necessary to learn and love taiko.
Students will be introduced to the art of taiko, using taiko games and rhythm exercises. Children will learn about basic taiko technique, proper stance and posture, and will learn simple taiko songs. Each session is 8 classes.
 
Youth Taiko (ages 10 - 15) 
Instructor: Holger Mauthe
No prior musical or drumming experience is necessary to learn and love taiko.
Students will be introduced to the art of taiko, and learn about basic taiko technique, proper stance and posture, and will learn simple taiko songs. Each session is 8 classes.
 
Introduction to Taiko
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) and naname (slant) 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 8 classes.
Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to register for Taiko for Fun, or Taiko Skills and Drills.
 
Taiko Skills and Drills
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Taiko, or previous taiko experience.
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 and naname technique, to prepare for further taiko study. Each session is 8 classes.
Upon completion of this course, students are eligible to register for any of the Sunday Taiko classes.
 
Taiko for Fun
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Taiko, or previous taiko experience
This class is for students who love taiko and just want to have fun! The focus of this class will be playing songs together, creative movement or light improvisation activities, and enjoying the art of taiko in a safe and fun atmosphere. Youth aged 12+ can participate if a parent is also taking the class, but please contact the instructor prior to registration. Each session is 8 classes.
 
Repertoire Focus
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Taiko and Taiko Skills and Drills, or equivalent experience.
More challenging taiko repertoire with interlocking parts,special skills or new styles. Please contact the instructor for information on which pieces are being taught for each CRN. The Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble's performance repertoire is selected from the taiko pieces that are taught during this class. Each session focuses on a different piece, and is 8 classes.

 

Course CRN Day Date Room Time Fee
Youth Taiko (8 - 15 yrs) 30672 Sunday Feb. 2 - Mar 29 ED2009 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. $155
Introduction to Taiko (16+)* 30668 Sunday Feb. 2 - Mar 29 ED2009 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. $150
Taiko Drills and Skills (16+)** 30670 Sunday Feb. 2 - Mar 29 ED2009 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. $150
Taiko for Fun** 30674 Sunday Feb. 2 - Mar 29 ED2009 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. $150
Taiko Repertoire Focus (16+)*** 30666 Sunday Feb. 2 - Mar 29 ED2009 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $220
Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble (Adult)**** 30381 Thursday Feb. 6 - Jun. 4 ED2009 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $298

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

**Prerequisites: Introduction to Taiko or previous Taiko experience

***Prerequisites: Introduction to Taiko and Taiko Skills and Drills

****Entrance is by audition only

  

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