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Taiko Residency at Our School

Friday, September 17, 2010

Each year we bring an artist-in-residence to our school. This year, we brought in a taiko musician to teach children the art of taiko (Japanese drums). Eric is a fabulous teacher and everyone had a great time. My first group to have taiko lessons came back to the room from their lessons saying, "That was sooooo AWESOME!" And it was! I got video of the children learning taiko, but I don't really feel comfortable posting videos of them unless their parents already have on You Tube. So this little clip is of Eric during one of his performances at opening assembly.

This will be a really fun residency. The children will perform on Oct. 1 at the end of Eric's time with us.

I wish there were taiko lessons available for adults around here. Wouldn't that be a great way to keep fit?
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    I want to go to YOUR school!
    3317 days ago
    Where is this? (What state?) I am in California. It would be great to investigate having this activity for both children and adults.

    3317 days ago
    Neato mosquito!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3319 days ago
    just love this!!
    3321 days ago
    Amazing Chris. You have a fantastic school there! Is it a private school? Waldorf? Or is it something else entirely?
    3322 days ago
  • MARY1313
    Aw that is great! There is a Japanese owned company here called Diaken and they put on a Japanese festival on every year. the whole thing is free, food, Japanese drums and dancing that they teach us, it is the most well organized festival I have ever been to and it has THOUSANDS go. They give out so many coupons for free food and they also give out thousands of dollars of door prizes! and the first 2,500 to come to the festival get a free hoppi coat! they really do give back to the community and they have immersed us in their culture and we all LOVE it! they also paid entirely for a beautiful Japanese park that we all enjoy!

    So glad that your kids are exposed to different cultures, I love that!

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    This was a thrill to watch and hear. I'm sure the students were impressed as I was. -- Lou
    3322 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the video!!

    I am Japanese-American, and am blessed to have so many opportunities to learn more about my heritage. I just saw a flyer at my Asian market that posted new taiko classes in my area. The video spurred me on to look further into taking the taiko classes! Thank you!!


    P.S. Thank you also for maintaining confidentiality for your students. You just never know these days. emoticon
    3322 days ago
    I can see why the children would be THRILLED by this opportunity! emoticon
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