Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

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). No drumming or musical experience is necessary to learn and love taiko.   

Instructor: Paula Midori Nieckar 

CourseCRN Day Date Time Fee
Taiko for Children (4 to 9 yrs)

CRN 1752


Feb. 12 - Apr. 9, 2017

3:30 - 4 p.m.


Taiko for Youth (10 to 15 yrs)

CRN 1753


Feb. 12 - Apr. 9, 2017

4 - 4:45 p.m.


Taiko Technique (16+ yrs)

CRN 1736


Feb. 5 - Apr. 9, 2017

6 - 7 p.m.


Taiko Ensemble* (16+ yrs)

CRN 1650


Feb. 5 - Apr. 9, 2017

7 - 8:30 p.m.


* Ensemble members must have one year experience in Taiko or have completed the Technique Class.


8 Classes 

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