Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Taiko at Mount Royal Conservatory

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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).   

Instructors: Paula Midori Nieckar and Holly Hykawy 

 

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

CRN 1664

Sunday

Feb. 11  - Apr. 15, 2018

3 - 3:45 p.m.

$125

Children's Taiko (4 to 9 yrs)

CRN 2068

Sunday

Apr. 22 - Jun. 17, 2018

3 - 3:45 p.m.

$125

Youth Taiko (10 to 15 yrs)

CRN 1777

Sunday

Feb. 11  - Apr. 15, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

$150

Youth Taiko (10 to 15 yrs)

CRN 2067

Sunday

Apr. 22 - Jun. 17, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

$150

Taiko Technique Class (16+)CRN 1652 Sunday Feb. 11  - Apr. 15, 2018 6 - 7 p.m. $150
Taiko Technique Class (16+)CRN 2069 Sunday Apr. 22 - Jun. 17, 2018 6 - 7 p.m $150
Taiko Ensemble - "Ready, Set, Kadon"

CRN 1568

Sunday

Feb. 11  - Apr. 15, 2018

7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

$200

Taiko Ensemble - "Jack Bazaar"

CRN 2066

Sunday

Apr. 22 - Jun. 17, 2018

7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

$200

8 Classes per course

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Class descriptions:

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

Kids Taiko:
Students will learn songs, games and exercises to develop a good sense of rhythm. Basic taiko technique will be introduced.

Youth 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. Students will learn a traditional taiko song in each style.

Taiko Technique (16+):
No prior drumming or musical experience necessary
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. Students will learn a traditional taiko song in each style.  **Students who have prior experience can further develop their understanding of taiko technique and kuchishoga.

Ensemble:
Students must have prior taiko experience, and be comfortable with basic beta or naname technique and kuchishoga.

Ready, Set, Kadon - written by Shoji Kameda, is a fun entry-level beta taiko piece with multiple interlocking parts: odaiko, shime and two chudaiko parts. 

Jack Bazaar - Jack Bazaar, written by Kris Bergstrom, features groundbreaking choreography and innovative slant-drum multi-tone rhythms. Specifically requested by the National Theater of Japan for performance in the 2013 Nihon no Taiko concert, Jack Bazaar is one of the taiko world's most exciting, new compositions. In this course, you will learn the named phrases for the first half of Jack Bazaar!



MRU Taiko Drumming classes generously supported by:

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