Raiden Taiko's Program for School and Smaller Groups

Drumming up Asian Awareness in Schools: leading an educational performance to connect children and their wider

The benefits of Taiko student personal development fun drum session.
• concentration
• coordination
• self control
• self awareness
• communication
• trust
• confidence and self worth
• cooperation and working as a group
• cultural awareness
• presentation skills

The idea is to let students directly experience the art of  taiko drumming in the familiar surroundings of their school gym. Up to 4-5 performers lead these hands-on workshop/show that showcase the world of Japanese taiko. Raiden Taiko hopes this experience serves to introduce young people to their own tradi-tional culture and perhaps even contribute in some small way to their own self-discovery.

Outline Assembly show. small taiko show and on hands workshop.
Time: 1 hour
Arrive at School at 10am, Raiden Taiko has 1 hour for load in, setup, warm up and go through sound check, and go quickly over school show.
Raiden Taiko Agenda
:Bring Odaiko, Okedo, Jouske, bachi, 2 shimie daiko  percussion box, stands, standup banner. Portable speaker, microphone, extension cord and
speaker & mic stand, Video camera, and SLR and tripod stand to video tape show. Business cards, bring 1 shirt or necklace to give away.
Raiden Taiko Educational performance will commence when all
students are sitting down..

Short intro: to Taiko Bayashi by Madisun before playing song.
Lance: History of Raiden Taiko and its meaning/  Description of Taiko
Madisun: names of each type of drum and its sound point out the different types of stands
Mary-anne: Explain bachi- kinds and make up
Explain 'kiai' and practice (not anger but energy)
Lance and Madisun: intro. and play "Distant Thunder"
Cathie: explain “Kuchishoga" saying the the drum hits. Talk about commitment of group and routine at practices to get to a high performance level
Student interaction time: 4 drums with 5 students behind each; Lance teach basic taiko stances, how to hold the bachi sticks and basic
Jurchi rhythm.
Teach loud to soft hitting. Second time around, end with kiai.Teach stu-dents orashi(drum roll) and then let them go back to seat.
Last Song: teach student participation to "Matsuri" Play "Matsuri" and “Ashura"
Pictures with students and Raiden Taiko group.
If time, short question and answer period, Otherwise thanks to
students and teachers.



Encore Music has a knack for reading crowds and getting them to move, dance and have a great time. We interact and use games to make sure everyone is involved in the party. With over 40 years of combined music experience, you can be assured your function will be a success!

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