Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Taiko at Mount Royal Conservatory

CONS_header_taiko_drum_850x260

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

CourseCRN Day Date RoomTime Fee
Taiko for Children (6 - 12 yrs)CRN 30743 Sunday Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019 ED20095:00 - 5:30 p.m. $125
Beginner Taiko (16+)**CRN 30745 Sunday Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019 ED20096:00 - 7:00 p.m. $150
Intermediate Taiko (16+)CRN 30747 Sunday Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019 ED20094:00 - 5:00 p.m $150
Taiko Rep: - Dokokara (16+)CRN 30741 Sunday Jan. 27 - Mar. 31, 2019 ED20097:15 - 9:15 p.m. $200
Rocky Mountain Taiko Ens. (youth)
CRN 30843 Sunday Jan. 27 - Jun. 9, 2019 ED20093:00 - 4:00 p.m. $346
Rocky Mountain Taiko Ens. (adult)CRN 30844 Thursday Jan. 31 - Jun. 15, 2019 ED20097:00 - 9:00 p.m. $250
Taiko for Children ( 6 - 12 yrs)
CRN 30744 Sunday Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019 ED20095:00 - 5:30 p.m. $125
Beginner Taiko (16+)**CRN 30746 Sunday Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019 ED20096:00 - 7:00 p.m. $150
Intermediate Taiko (16+)CRN 30748 Sunday Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019 ED20094:00 - 5:00 p.m. $150
Taiko Rep: Yodan (16+)
CRN 30742 Sunday Apr. 14 - Jun. 15, 2019 ED20097:15 - 9:15 p.m. $200

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

Class Descriptions:

Taiko for Children (ages 6-12) 

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.
 

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

Intermediate Taiko

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: Dokokara
 
For this more advanced class, students require prior taiko experience with a solid understanding of kuchishoga and beta technique. Classes will be focused on learning the piece Dokokara (Yuta Kato) in addition to more challenging drills and solo development.
 

Repertoire Focus: Yodan Drills and Introduction

For this more advanced class, students require prior taiko experience with a solid understanding of kuchishoga and naname technique. Classes will introduce students to the technique, phrases, and drills for this challenging style.
 
Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble
 
This performing ensemble rehearses once a week, focusing on performance repertoire, and developing stage presence skills. New repertoire will not be learned, but the classes will focus on refinement and ensemble skills. Members will represent the Conservatory taiko program at public events on and off campus, outside of regular rehearsal time.
 
Members of the Adult Ensemble should have knowledge of:
Dokokara (Yuta Kato)
Korekaka (Fuji and Clarke)
Omiyage (Shoji Kameda)
Ready, Set, Kadon (Shoji Kameda)
 
Members of the Youth Ensemble should contact the instructor prior to registration.
 
cons_content_registrationinfo_button 
 


MRU Taiko Drumming classes generously supported by:
kaeda_logo