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Korekara Taiko

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RESIDENCY REQUEST

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RESIDENCY GOALS

  • Students will make life connections to the 3 core principles of taiko – respect, cooperation and perseverance.
  • Students will experience an art form with a cultural and historical background.
  • Students will feel pride and strength through the power of the drum.
  • Students will learn how to build a strong ensemble/community that works together through playing in unity through the drums.

BIO

Taiko, the perfect blend of musical, visual and physical art forms will engage your students’ minds and bodies in focused learning activities based on the following principles:

  • respect
  • cooperation
  • perseverance

 

In addition, students will gain knowledge of other cultures and broaden their understanding of diverse cultures.

 

Ultimately, students will develop lifelong skills and abilities that will strengthen their self-esteem and confidence.  Students will learn that taiko is a positive way to express themselves and become a vital part of a larger group and community.

DISCIPLINES

Music,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,

WORK WITH STUDENTS

By participation in engaging taiko experiences and activities, students will demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  • Functions of taiko
  • Strong Body stances/form (kata)
  • Techniques of hitting the drum
  • Techniques of voice and the spirit (kiai)
  • Use of the drumroll as perseverance
  • Rhythm and beat as counting patterns
  • Learning songs through oral tradition (kuchi shouga)
  • Identification of different types of drums/instruments
  • How to create and play songs
  • Listening and speaking skills
  • Ability to play in unison

 

Students will additionally learn context of the following:

  • Learn about taiko in Japan and North America
  • Practice taiko forms and techniques
  • Focus on taiko principles – respect, perseverance and cooperation
  • Develop respect to self, ensemble (others) and the drum

 

For longer residencies (4-6 sessions per classroom), Korekara Taiko can provide deeper context. The following are additional content suggestions:

 

TAIKO HISTORY

  • Study the history of taiko in North America
  • Relate the Japanese-American experience to taiko
  • Discuss the individual experiences and stories of students and their families

 

COMPOSITION

  • Create short group taiko compositions using the oral tradition of taiko
  • Understand how to work together to edit and refine a group composition

 

POETRY

  • Understand the construct of haiku 5-7-5
  • Compose simple poetry and expressions through the drum
  • Connect the rhythm and meter of poetry to taiko composition

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

Specific knowledge is gained of:

  • Social Studies – Multicultural study of Japanese, Americans, and Japanese-Americans
  • Geography – Maps, locations, and immigration
  • Civics/Government – Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII and constitutional rights
  • Language Arts – Development of Japanese words and taiko vocabulary, development of listening and speaking skills

 

Our residency strongly supports the foundations of Arts standards (Create, Present and Perform, and Historical and Cultural Perspectives).

FEE INFO

Each residency is tailored to the school classroom through discussion during the planning stages.  Taiko residency packages are based on number of classrooms, number of teaching sessions and residency curriculum.  Each teaching session can range between $65-$85 per session, planning/reflection meetings(s) are $65 per meeting, and a student taiko recital can also be included (for an additional fee).

Please note that our taiko residencies are scheduled as an “intensive” with consecutive days of teaching sessions.  We require a large, open area for teaching such as a gym, music room, or empty classroom that is thoughtfully located so the drums will not disturb other active classrooms.  A safe and secure area to store the taiko drums is requested for the duration of our residency.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact:

Questions? Contact your Right Brain Coach.

Phone:

503-225-5900 x229

Email:

kstrelchun@therightbraininitiative.org

Website:

http://www.korekarataiko.org

REFERENCES

Karen Murphy

Principal

murphyk@hsd.k12.or.us

503-844-1630

North Plains Elementary

Curtis Long

Principal

longc@nclack.k12.or.us

503.353.5600

Spring Mountain Elementary

Jason Volz

5th grade Teacher

volzj@nclack.k12.or.us

503-353-5620

Sunnyside Elementary

5th


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