Learn to move, beat, and shout like a Sumo Samurai Drummer!
Starting from basics, we will teach you the fundamental rhythmic patterns from which Taiko is evolved. We will look at all aspects of Wadaiko which distinguish it from other percussion as a unique traditional cultural art form, and a dynamic contemporary performing art.
|Monday||6:30||Advanced and Intermediate training|
|Wednesday||6:30||Performers and Basics training|
About taiko training
Your training will involve:
Stretching & Flexibility………………Relaxation & Breathing
Energy release & Improvisation……Movement & Form
Endurance & Control…………………Coordination & Balance
Rhythm & Music………………………Focus & Awareness
Taiko is relatively simple; no musical experience is necessary. Anyone can pick up some sticks and have a go, and it’s such great fun. Not surprisingly beating the living hell out of a drum with huge sticks is terrifically satisfying, and great stress relief. But more than that, most people find it really rewarding to work in a team, overcome obstacles and celebrate achievements together. The training is very suitable for children (from upper primary level) through to adults, and we will try hard to accommodate any special requirements you might have.
Taiko is a highly physical endeavour. Be prepared to get active and sweat a fair bit. Wear suitable loose and comfortable clothing and bring a drink bottle. Please note that some activities should only be undertaken by those of sound health and fitness. Every activity is optional, and it is up to each individual to decide whether they are up to it or not. The Tasmania University Union takes no responsibility for injuries sustained during Taiko drumming training and workshops.
Training dojo location
Training Dojo: Royal Hobart Showgrounds. A map is available here.
Information for beginners
INTRODUCTORY TAIKO BASICS
4-week courses start on the first week of each month.
- Wednesdays: 4 week course for beginners and continuing members. Partly combined with performers’ training
- Private lessons on request
- Please register: email or call Maria on 62349404.
How does training work for new comers?
- Classes are graded to allow more experienced members to challenge themselves
- Classes are structured so that everyone has the opportunity to attend at least 2 classes a week that suit their level
- Basics classes are recommended for everyone, regardless of how long members have been training
- Basics classes aim to teach the range of styles of Taiko, one style per month.
- Each Taiko style has its own particular rhythms and patterns
- After several months, we will go over the same styles again, but you can never train too much
- Beginners are encouraged to challenge themselves to their own comfort level
How does payment work for new comers?
- Members contribute to the Society by yearly membership + monthly training fees
- Training fees cover all classes, and members can come up to 3 classes a week for no extra costs
- Members are encouraged to contribute to the ongoing operation of the Society, with their skills and time, and are rewarded by reduced training fees. Ask us how you can reduce your training fees by up to $20 per month
- We try to make Taiko as affordable as possible for everyone, please contact us if payment is a problem.
|Monthly training fee||
Prepaid lesson cards are available in 10 and 5-lesson blocks if you think you will not be able to attend regularly for a time. Ask us for more information.
Each session goes for around 2 hours, so you will be able to have 8 hours training or more each month. Or more for no extra cost if you come two nights a week. Ask us how you can further reduce your training fees!
Bachi (drum sticks) can be borrowed, or you can purchase your own set from $20. Earplugs are available for sale for about 20c, or you can buy a better pair of musicians’ ear plugs at a music shop.
Even more information
Download our member package with comprehensive information for new students.
Come along and have a go! There’s nothing wrong with making a few mistakes. Persistence is greatly rewarded. Challenge yourself, and come along to a more advanced training session for the experience and inspiration=0)