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WHAT IS TAIKO?

Taiko drumming is a dynamic, modern art form born in Japan after World War II. It has now evolved into its own unique style in North America. Combining driving rhythms and movements inspired by martial arts, taiko (which means “big drum” in Japanese) is a joyful and expressive way to experience Japanese American culture, move your body, and have a great time! All Mu Performing Arts taiko classes are taught by current Mu Daiko members and take place in a fun, supportive environment. All classes are held at the Mu Performing Arts Studio.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS:

While every effort will be made to avoid a class cancellation due to hazardous weather or instructor illness/emergency, tuition for cancelled classes as well as student absences are NON-REFUNDABLE. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

MuDaiko_Mon   INTRO TO TAIKO CLASS

Our introductory class is geared for students ages 13 years and older interested in a formal introduction to taiko. Students will be introduced to the history, kata/form and oral learning tradition. Students will learn 2-3 songs and will be eligible to progress to Level 1 classes with instructor's approval. Upcoming schedule will be posted soon Tuition: $200 (8 weeks)    

MuDaiko_Mon   INTRO TO TAIKO WORKSHOPS

You know you wanna try it! Now's your chance to pick up the bachi and see what taiko drumming is all about. Whether you want to expand your musical skills, or you're just looking for something fun to do, give taiko a try! Pick a Saturday that works in your schedule. More dates will be added throughout the year. Tuition: $50 Date(s): July 22nd,  10:30am - 12:30pm *Please Note: A separate registration form is required for each participant.

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MuDaiko_Mon   ONGOING CLASSES

=============================================================================== 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.

SUMMER CLASSES Summer session begins week June 19th, 2017

TaikoAlive! Beginning Level Sundays 1:00-2:30pm 6 classes - $120 Teacher: Iris Shiraishi Level: Beginner This class is for all levels. A recreational, non-recital focused class with a holistic, body/mind sensitive approach to the art of taiko. This class is nurturing, challenging and fun! Register Button   Performance Challenge (practice like Mu Daiko!) Saturdays 9:00-10:30am 5 classes  - $80 Teacher: Emma Valentine Level: Advanced Do you want to perform taiko more than once a year at the annual student recital? This new offering will focus on kata, stage presence, and learning standard Mu Daiko repertoire. Expect an accelerated pace while you build your confidence and performance skills. Some students may be invited to join Mu Daiko in small performances in the future. Register Button  
Kenka Yatai Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00pm 6 classes - $100 Teacher: Michiko Buchanan Level: All Kenka Yatai 'fighting festival floats'. This piece was composed by Yoichi Watanabe of Amanojaku, a well respected professional taiko group in Japan. There are many rough festivals in Japan and this song is about one of them. This is a great piece as a practice piece as well as a performing piece. This piece does not involve playing "yatai" style. "Yatai" means festival floats in Japanese, and has nothing to do with the performing style. There are parts for odaiko, nanme, beta, and shime. Register Button   ONGOING TAIKO CLASS TUITION: • 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 • If a class does not reach the minimum enrollment (5) for three consecutive sessions, it will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester.

MuDaiko_Mon  AUDITIONS

================================================================================ Mu Training Institute (MTI). MTI is Mu Performing Arts training program for aspiring Asian American artists in both Theater and Taiko. This program provides scholarships for unique training classes, workshops and mentoring to develop the next wave of Mu artists. There are no auditions for the program at this time.