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
Taiko for Children (4 to 9 yrs)

CRN 1924

Sunday

Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, 2017

3 - 3:45 p.m.

$125

Taiko for Children (4 to 9 yrs)

CRN 1929

Sunday

Nov. 19 - Jan. 28, 2018

3 - 3:45 p.m.

$125

Taiko for Youth (10 to 15 yrs)

CRN 1922

Sunday

Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, 2017

4 - 5 p.m.

$150

Taiko for Youth (10 to 15 yrs)

CRN 1927

Sunday

Nov. 19 - Jan. 28, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

$150

Taiko for Beginners (Adult)

CRN 1921

Sunday

Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, 2017

6 - 7 p.m.

$150

Taiko for Beginners (Adult)

CRN 1926

Sunday

Nov. 19 - Jan. 28, 2018

6 - 7 p.m.

$150

Taiko for Ensemble* - Korekara

CRN 1566

Sunday

Sept. 10 - Nov. 5, 2017

7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

$200

Taiko for Ensemble* - Omiyage

CRN 1925

Sunday

Nov. 19 - Jan. 28, 2018

7:15 - 9:15 p.m.

$200

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.

Beginner Adult Taiko:
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.

Korekara - ("from now on") was composed with a spirit of deep appreciation for the taiko pioneers that have come before us, and excitement about the future. The ensemble taiko boom we now enjoy, with dozens upon dozens of taiko groups across North America, owes its roots to the vision, energy, and teaching of the taiko pioneers in our community. Korekara is intended to honor the generosity of these visionaries, building upon the foundation that they have laid for us and encouraging taiko to go in exciting new directions.

Omiyage - This is a fun naname piece, that includes lots of energy and bachi spins!  Omiyage was written by Shoji Kameda and refers to the traditional Japanese custom of gift-giving. Omiyage is a celebration of the love of taiko, the excitement of seeing taiko for the first time, and the open, sharing attitude that is North American Taiko.


8 Classes per course

Registration begins on June 12, 2017

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