Kids' Workshops









Taiko workshops are available for school programs. The program focuses on the discipline toward learning Taiko drumming. Taiko Etiquette is introduced along with some Japanese language used in the classroom. The music used in the children’s program involves simple repetitious patterns of rhythms in combination with large motor skills to develop eye hand coordination.

The focus of the older students’ program is body movement with rhythm and focused power in order to foster controlled movement and balance.

It is important for children to be part of a larger community. Taiko promotes group cooperation. They are encouraged to drum in their school programs. When it is possible, these children have opportunities to perform with community performers of Watsonville Taiko or Shinsho-Mugen Daiko.

Contact Ikuyo to book a class or workshop. Each class should have at least 8 students to keep the class open. Maximum number of children in a class is 20. Taiko for Preschoolers is the exception; the maximum enrollment for this class is 12.

Curriculum Samples

The basic training of Taiko drumming starts with repetitious physical movements. Introduction classes for children in different age groups are 4 - 8 weeks (1hr per week). In each class a short segment of a piece of music developed by the instructor will be introduced so that students have a sense of accomplishment.

A) Introduction to Taiko Drumming (4 weeks: Grade 1st – 6th)

The classes focus on the discipline toward learning Taiko drumming. Etiquette is introduced along with some Japanese language used in the classroom. Simple repetitious patterns of rhythms are used to develop eye hand coordination with drumming sticks and for body movements.

B) Introduction to Performance (8 weeks)

The class introduces a performance music piece. Music pieces introduced in this class are incorporated with movements to give each child an awareness of his /her own body.

Rhythm B-1 (grade 1st- 2nd )
Classroom routines as follows:
-Emphasis on listening, following directions, waiting and taking turns.
-Walking, galloping, skipping, changing directions to music.
-Recognition of simple rhythm patterns, counting with voice to hand matching.

Rhythm B-2 (grade 3rd - 4th)
Classroom routines:
-Simple dance movements.
-Recognition of simple rhythm patterns, counting with voice to hand matching.
-Voicing Taiko Music

Rhythm B- 3 (grade5th – 6th)
Classroom routines:
-Recognition of simple rhythm patterns, counting with voice to hand matching.
-Voicing Taiko music with focused sound (Kiai).
-Some martial art movements for drumming.
-Power drumming exercises to give stronger awareness of body-mind connection

Note: Each class is a custom made class, which means the lessons are dependent upon skills of each child – the nature of instruction and teaching speed for the class as a whole changes. If the majority of the children of the class have good music skills, additional lessons could be introduced in the 8-week program.

C) Introduction to Performance (10 weeks)

The class is introduced to a performance piece “Kodomo Bayashi,” “Fuma” or “Hiraita Hiraita.” This class focuses on Taiko movements as well as drumming music skills. Students are introduced to learn one of three different styles of drumming, flat stand drumming, side stand drumming and Odaiko drumming.

Form C-1 (age 8-10: Rhythm and Movements)
-Introduction to Japanese style learning of Taiko - Flat Stand Drumming.
-Singing along with drumming – Kuchishoga style.
-Basic movements for Taiko drumming – Flat Stand Forms.

Form C-2 (age 11-12: Drumming with Movements)
-Introduction to Japanese style learning of Taiko - Side Stand Drumming.
-Singing along with drumming – Kuchishoga style.
-Basic movements for Taiko drumming –Side Stand Forms.
Form C-3 (age 11 – 12: Power Drumming)
-Introduction to Japanese style learning of Taiko - Odaiko Drumming.
-Power drumming exercises to focus energy.

D) Taiko Classes with Special Interest (4 weeks)

Special interest classes are 4 weeks long. Students can take the class repeatedly.

Taiko for Preschoolers (age 4 & 5)
This class focuses on the general preschool developmental curriculum using Taiko drumming.

D-1: Number Counting Development
-Rote counting with rhythm and counting with 1 to 1 matching with drums.
-Recognition of simple patterns with rhythm.

D-2: Physical Development
-Walking, hopping, jumping, galloping, skipping and changing direction to rhythm and music.
-Walking to marching rhythm.
-Clapping to rhythm with others.

D-3: Hand-Eye coordination
-Clapping to rhythm with others.
-Musical development- 3/4 and 4/4 counting.
-Development of hand-eye coordination.
-Follow directions and wait for one’s turn.

E) Taiko for Physical and Attention Span Development (age 6-8)

The focus of this class is body movements with rhythm using various kinds of equipment that foster children’s natural movement and balance. Equipment used for the activities are balls, hoops, jump ropes and scarves and many other things we can find around the house. Simple Taiko Rhythms are used for the accompaniment of various movements. Through play curriculum children will challenge their physical skills and development of their attention skills.

F) Taiko and movements (age 9-10)

This is a movement class for children. The students will learn simple drumming music with Taiko as well as dancing movements.

G) Power drumming for Kids (age 10-12)

Children learn to play Taiko music with power. Unlike other classes, students are expected to do more physical work to build stamina. The rhythms used in this class are rather simple, but the workouts are quite strenuous.