About This Program
Learn about Japanese Taiko Drums
Taikoza presents a unique and exciting residency on the artform of taiko drumming. Following Taikoza’s assembly, the program introduces students to the history and culture of Japan through the rhythms, sounds, and sights associated with taiko ancestral drums. Over the course of 4-5 workshops, students will learn how to read taiko music, create their own rhythmic solos and learn movement and choreography. Each day begins with Japanese warm-up exercises, and the residency culminates with a final performance.
Typically, residencies range from $2,500 and up, but we can use your available budget and ‘work backwards’ to create a cost-effective residency for your school. We may be able to assist you in securing grant and funding opportunities.
Residencies are tailored to your needs but usually include:
- A kick-off assembly (performing arts only)
- A required orientation meeting and planning session
- A set of workshops for classes of up to 25 students each
- A student culminating or sharing event
- An evaluation meeting
"Taikoza is an excellent team of artists that have worked with diverse communities and ages. (Pre-K - adults) Not only are the students entertained with traditional music, dances, and stories of Japan but they are also filled with content that deepens students’ understanding of traditional and contemporary culture of Japan. They are interactive with students that span learning Japanese words, playing drums, listening to the flutes or hearing the stories behind the traditional songs and dances they present. They acknowledge teachers and students by creating a setting where all participate and feel free to ask questions. Students definitely take away a deeper understanding of the culture and people. The power of the Taikoza drum, the enlightenment of the flute and the beauty of the koto resonates in our students’ minds years beyond the initial workshops and/or performances. I highly recommend Taikoza to visit your school for they are valuable educators who are dedicated to the culture of Japan."
"Taikoza performed above and beyond our expectations. This was a special performance for a group of neurodiverse adults and it was fantastic. The audience begged us to bring Taikoza back soon! The way in which the performers engaged and included the audience was phenomenal. Thank you!"
Lynne Griffith E.D. of the Carroll County Arts Council