Adult Classes

Schedule

Adult Beginning I

For students with little or no experience with taiko. Basic form, rhythms, movement, philosophy, centering, and balance will be emphasized. Practice ensemble pieces are introduced.
Repeating this level is recommended for developing a solid foundation.

Instructor: Kenny Endo, Sho’on Shibata
Assistant: Kellie Matsudaira

Adult Beginning I – Nice & Easy (Monday)

For students with little or no experience with taiko and would like to study taiko at a gentler pace than our regular Beginning Taiko I. Basic form, rhythms, movement, philosophy, centering, and balance will be emphasized. Practice ensemble pieces are introduced.
Repeating this level is recommended for developing a solid foundation.

Instructor: Chizuko Endo
Assistant: Kellie Matsudaira

Adult Beginning II (Thursday)

This course is for those students who have successfully completed Beginning I. Basics learned in Beginning I will be reinforced and expanded upon. Movement exercises in preparation for soloing will be introduced. Emphasis is on developing ensemble drumming skills, form and technique.

Instructor: Kenny Endo, Sho’on Shibata

Adult Intermediate

This course is for those students who have successfully completed Beginning II or have three or more years of experience playing taiko. Focus will be on ensemble drumming, soloing, and repertoire development with possible opportunities for performance.
Instructor approval required before enrollment.

Instructor: Kenny Endo, Kirstin Pauka, Sho’on Shibata
Assistant: Tim Siu

Japanese Festival Music

This course is designed for students who are interested in diversifying their taiko experience by learning how to play Japanese festival music. As a folk art, there is less emphasis on form and more on expression and learning how to play well together. For a true ensemble experience, students will be encouraged to learn how to play all of the different instruments and gain musical independence.

Instructor: Sho’on Shibata

Taiko for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

A Beginning I Taiko class accompanied by a sign language interpreter. Class material is the same as Adult Beginning I but is geared towards the deaf and hard of hearing.

Instructor: Chizuko Endo
Assistant: Kellie Matsudaira

Taiko Performance Training for Adults

Open to students who have already successfully completed Intermediate Taiko or have equivalent background in Taiko, and who have interest, talent, and potential to become a performer. Review of basic foundations of technique and form are on-going. Emphasis is on developing ensemble drumming and performance skills.
Instructor’s permission required for enrollment. Contact us for more details.

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