Intro to Taiko Drumming
Our next Intro to Taiko course begins Saturday 20-May-2017, and will run for 6 weeks, from 3:30p - 5:00p each Saturday afternoon. This class is for both adults and kids. Enrol now to reserve your place.
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Intro to Taiko Class
Your taiko journey begins with our 6-week Introduction to Taiko course which is a special course that we run twice a year. Here we teach the fundamental rhythms, movements, stances, and techniques that you need for taiko drumming, as well as your first songs.
Each new student will also receive your own pair of bachi (taiko drum sticks), and our online taiko handbook, so that you can practice your taiko skills at home.
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.
Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, and Advanced Classes
After completing the Intro course, your class graduates to the next level, and you can progressively advance your learning through the classes as long as you like, all the way to Performer level. Our classes progress from Intro, to White zone, Green zone, Yellow zone, Silver zone, Red zone, and finally Performers.
Our classes are designed for Adults and Students (Year 9+), but we welcome school-age children (Year 1 - Year 8) who join the class with a parent or older sibling.
Taiko is suitable for any age or fitness level! We encourage a high level of energy in your playing, but our rule is only put in as much as you are comfortable with. We have students of all ages, from 10 - 85.
Where are Classes Held?
All of our regular classes run in Auckland, at our dojo in Panmure.
If you live outside of Auckland, contact us - we offer special workshops for out-of-town visitors, and we may be able to connect you with a team nearer you.
How do Tamashii's Terms work?
Tamashii runs 4 regular class terms each year. Each regular term runs for about 10 weeks, though this can vary to 9 or 11 weeks depending our our events schedule. There are no breaks between terms except for the Christmas holiday break (when we run casual classes).
For all classes, the term fees are-
- Adult term fees are $120.
- Students (all ages) are discounted to $90.
Please note that all classes 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 & graduation party for your end-of-term 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.
Private Lessons & Workshops
Our teachers can offer one-on-one lessons or small group sessions, for any student level.
For large groups, we also offer private workshops.
Tamashii is a performing team, with usually 60+ 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.