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Taiko Drumming Classes
Keen to try some taiko drumming?
Whether you're interested becoming a taiko performer, broadening your horizons in music, dance, or the martial arts, or simply want to give the drums a go, our taiko classes are a great way to experience and learn the art of taiko drumming.
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2013 Term 2 Class Schedule
Beginning Friday May 17th we will have a new Introduction to Taiko class running each Friday evening!
Our advanced classes will continue to run Saturdays from 13-Apr to 22-Jun on the following schedule-
How do Tamashii's Terms work?
Our Intro to Taiko term runs for 6 weeks, and will learn basic techniques, some intermediate techniques, and several great taiko songs.
On the final week, your friends and family are invited to a graduation ceremony where you will get to show them what you've learned! You will also get to see our advanced classes perform what they have been learning.
Each new student will also receive your own pair of bachi (taiko drum sticks), and our taiko handbook, so that you can practice your taiko skills at home
Students who want to continue after Intro to Taiko will graduate into our Green, Yellow, Silver, and Red zones as their skills develop. Those advanced terms each run for 11 weeks and are an intensive taiko study course, with students grouped in "zones" according to the songs & skills they are working on.
For all classes, the term fees are-
Please note that all classes now have the same term fees, including Intro to Taiko which runs for 6 weeks. The Intro to Taiko term fee includes your own pair of bachi (drumsticks), and helps to cover the venue booking & dinner party for your end-of-term graduation performance.
Any questions? Just contact us!
What to Bring
If you are unfamiliar with taiko drumming, be aware that it involves lots of movement.
Wear comfortable clothing that is suitable for good exercise, and bring water and your favorite snacks as well to keep you energized.
In cold weather, a thermos of hot tea or coffee and layered clothing are usually best. You may start the class cold, but you will be very warm after the first half-hour!
Kids & Families
Our regular class is not designed for children, however we can usually accommodate children 6 years and over if a parent participates in the class with them.
From high-school age onwards, no parental involvement is necessary.
For large groups of children, Tamashii can do school performances and workshops, as well as holiday programmes. Contact us to learn more.
For large groups, we also offer private workshops.
Tamashii is a performing team, with usually about 50 gigs per year. Our goal is to share our passion with the world, and to grow our team as much as possible. We're also working to expand our instrument base to include Japanese flute, shamisen, and koto.
If you have performing experience or you think that you would like to reach performing level in our taiko classes, let us know! We do not require you to perform, but we encourage every class member to develop performing skills and the performers mindset. If you already know that you would like to perform with us, we can adapt the class curriculum, and give you at-home practice exercises to help you achieve that goal personally.