What's Taiko & Benefits of Playing Taiko
Drumming Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum ("shime"), to drums as large as a car (the "o-daiko"). The most common drum size in taiko is the "chu-daiko" which is the size of a wine barrel.
During the 1900's, Taiko drumming became a musical art form that involved a music ensemble and tightly choreographed movements. This is taiko as we know it today.
One of taiko's most defining aspects is its dynamic playing style. Taiko playing is loud, hard, and fast, and involves a lot of choreographed movement which many identify with Japanese martial arts.
There are more than 8,000 taiko groups in Japan, but it is only over the last 30 years that taiko drumming has taken root in the western world. Even if you have not seen taiko drumming live, you have probably still encountered it in movies with a Japanese theme, such as Rising Sun, or The Hunted.
* please note, while I believe taiko/music can be helpful for children's' growth. I am not a certified therapist. This class may or may not be helpful for your children.
In taiko drumming the performers are not merely using the drum as an instrument; they are aiming to form a connection between the drum and themselves through four principles:
- kata (form)
- musical technique
- ki (energy)
As taiko drumming is a form of ensemble drumming that has strictly choreographed movements, it is crucial that the performers develop an awareness of their body movement in space and their interaction with other players. Resources are from Tamashii Taiko
Benefits of Playing Taiko
Build Physical Endurance!
Let's face it. Playing taiko is nothing like playing a flute... You will be sweating while you play. Your body will be sore the next day. And after that, you are just going to feel SOOO GOOD!! Ahhhhh....
Build Strong Mind!
So it is physically challenging! What keeps you going? Your strong mind. To become better at playing taiko, you will have to play repetitive patterns. That actually helps you build a strong mind!
This is very basic. Who doesn't have stress from just living everyday life? What's the best way to release your stress? Hitting and Shouting!
RESPECT THE DRUMS
- Make sure the taiko are secure in their cases during storage and transport.
- Do not place anything on top of the taiko hides, e.g., stands, books, clothes, food, etc.
- Do not sit, lean or put your feet on the taiko drums or practice drums.
- If you need to push a drum, use your hands, not your feet.
- Refrain from drumming while someone is giving instruction.
- Have two people carry the large taiko drums when transporting them long distances.
- Be mindful of the sacrifices made to create the taiko (it once was a living animal and living tree).
- A member who damages equipment through negligence will be asked to pay for repairs.
RESPECT THE BACHI (Drumming Sticks)
- Take care of your bachi.
- Keep them in a bag, towel, or safe place.
- Sand your bachi regularly to remove splinters, paint, etc.
- Do not use damaged bachi on a performance taiko (i.e., bachi must have no splits in the wood, or paint on the tips).
- Check your bachi before all performances and whenever using any performance drums.
- Put your name, initials, or identifying mark on the ends of your bachi.
- Do not leave bachi on top of the taiko as they will likely fall off, or lying on the open floor where they will be a tripping hazard. Place them on the floor tucked in by the base of the drum.
resources are from Yamabiko Taiko