Mu Performing Arts taiko students who have successfully completed the Introductory Class may attend one or more of the weekly, ongoing taiko classes at or below their level. Pre-registration is not required for ongoing classes and students may join at any time. All students have the opportunity to perform in the annual student recital! See below for Tuition and Class Policies.

Ongoing Classes

SUNDAY Evenings 6:00 – 7:30pm
Teacher: Jennifer Weir
“Taiko is a way to express a bigger, better version of yourself.” -Weir
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Focus: Playing with your whole body, energy, self-expression, creativity.
JAN: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28
MAR: 6, 13, 20, 27
APR: 10, 17, 24 {NO CLASS April 3}
MAY: 1

SUNDAY Evenings 7:30 – 9:00pm
Teacher: Michiko Todokoro Buchanan
“When I play taiko, I feel a heartbeat. This heartbeat is born from the energy of the earth and nature to create harmony and resonance. You will be surprised and rewarded when you discover another self through taiko.” -Buchanan
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Focus: Kata (form), simple songs, kumidaiko (taiko ensemble), basic rhythms.
JAN: 10, 17, 24, 31 {JAN 10 tentative start date}
FEB: 7, 14, 21, 28
MAR: 6, 13, 20, 27
APR: 10, 17, 24 {NO CLASS April 3}
MAY: 1

TUESDAY Evenings 6:00-7:30pm
Teacher: Iris Shiraishi
Level: All
Focus: Edo-bayashi is festival music from old Tokyo (Edo); known for fast, complex rhythms and a jazzy, improvisational style. This class is for intermediate advanced levels.
JAN: 5, 12, 19, 26
FEB: 2, 9, 16, 23
MAR:  8, 22, 29 {NO CLASS March 1, 15}
APR: 5, 12, 19, 26
MAY: 3, 10, 17

TUESDAY Evenings 7:30 – 9:00pm
Teacher: Iris Shiraishi
“I invite anyone interested in all the multiple, holistic benefits of taiko drumming to join this welcoming class that is nurturing, challenging and fun!” -Shiraishi
Level: All
Focus: TaikoAlive! A recreational, non-recital focused class with a holistic, body/mind sensitive approach to the art of taiko.
JAN: 5, 12, 19, 26
FEB: 2, 9, 16, 23
MAR:  8, 22, 29 {NO CLASS March 1, 15}
APR: 5, 12, 19, 26
MAY: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
JUN: 7, 21,28  {NO CLASS June 14}

WEDNESDAY Evenings 6:00 – 7:30pm
Teacher: Cathie VanDanacker
“I want to take a closer look at what we already know to further refine the skills that go into a great performance.” -VanDanacker
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Focus: Drills on all types of drums, looking & sounding as one.
JAN: 6, 13, 20, 27
FEB: 3, 10, 17, 24
MAR:  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
APR: 6, 13, 20, 27
MAY: 4

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ONGOING TAIKO CLASS TUITION (effective Jan 1, 2016):
• $180/10-Class Card; $100/5-Class Card.
• Taiko Class Cards are valid for 12 months and are nonrefundable and nontransferable
• Pay online or via check payable to “Mu Performing Arts” and given to instructor

CLASS CANCELLATIONS
• In the event of a class cancellation due to adverse weather conditions or instructor illness/emergency, the class will be notified via email. The cancellation will also be noted on the Class Calendar.

MINIMUM ENROLLMENTS/ADJUSTABLE CLASS LENGTHS
• The length of any given class will be reduced if the minimum class enrollment (5) is not met: 3-4 students/1 hour; 1-2 students/30 minutes; tuition for the reduced-length class remains the same – one stamp on your Taiko Class Card or the single class rate of $20
• If a class does not reach the minimum enrollment (5) for three consecutive sessions, it will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester.

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