The Art of Taiko Drumming
Bushido Kenkyukai offers Taiko classes in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Taiko is a blend of martial arts choreography and synchronized drumming. Taiko simply means "great drum" in Japanese and has taken on the meaning of the art form. ("Kumi-daiko" means taiko drumming and "wa-daiko" means Japanese drum.)
Taiko classes in Albuquerque
Taiko is great for creative expression, learning group cooperation, improving physical fitness, improving self confidence, improving hand eye coordination, de-stressing and cultural awareness. And of course just to have fun! Taiko is also music.
All classes cover basic taiko knowledge, including taiko history, taiko terminology, and drum info. In addition, students will learn:
Family rates are available!
- Kuchi shōga (Japanese phonetic system for "pronouncing" the sounds of drums)
- Kihon (the basic techniques of Japanese martial arts)
- Kata (choreographed patterns of movements )
Practice drums are provided for class use. Classes are fun and energetic!
Onetime start up fee for all classes: $20 (includes reusable hearing protection and a beginner packet)
Introduction to Taiko class
This is a onetime class to give individuals a chance to try taiko. Students will learn brief taiko history, terminology, and taiko technique.
- Ages 14 & above.
- All equipment provided.
- Space is limited.
Offered periodically throughout the year. Contact us for the next class date.
(Note: for youth 7-13 years old please see our Kids taiko class offered on Wednesdays)
Beginning Taiko Kids Class
Ages 7 - 13 years old
Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dues: $32 per month (+ tax)
Beginning Taiko Adult Class
Ages 14 and up
Wednesdays, 6:40pm to 8:40pm
Dues: $60.75 per month (+ tax)
Once students from the Beginning Group are proficient in the basics and beginning numbers they will move into the Intermediate/Community Group.
Intermediate/Community Group is for two types of drummers: those who do not wish to perform but want to enjoy the art of drumming; and a transition Group for those who wish to try out for the Performing Group.
Interested in Performance & Lecture Demonstrations?
This Group will review basics, drumming drills, learn more numbers than the Beginning Group, and do some informal drum circle improvised drumming. There will be an annual performance recital.
Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Dues: $70.10 per month (+ tax)
For more information about any class or group please contact us.
For more information about the history of taiko, visit Wikipedia (opens a new window).
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