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Korekara Taiko

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

Korekara Taiko brings the power of the drum to your students. Taiko, a unique blend of musical, visual and physical art forms will engage your students’ minds and bodies incorporating the life skills of respect, cooperation and perseverance.

DISCIPLINES

Music,

GRADE BANDS

K-2,3-5,6-8,

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English, Other, 

LANGUAGE DETAILS

Fluent, 

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).

RESIDENCY LOGISTICS

Space: Auditorium or large space preferred. Otherwise, one designated classroom where students come to me.

 

Travel: I drive and am available for residencies more than 15 miles outside of Portland.

 

Breaks: We have a waiting fee of $1/minute for breaks longer than 25 minutes (excluding the lunch break for 4-6 session days).

 

Supplies: none

 

Technology: none

 

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:

https://www.korekarataiko.org

REFERENCES

Traci Dolan

Teacher

dolant@nclack.k12.or.us

503-353-5620

Sunnyside Elementary School

2nd Grade

Michele Cook

Principal

cook9@gresham.k12.or.us

503-661-1510

Powell Valley Elementary

Karen Murphy

Principal

murphyk@hsd.k12.or.us

503-844-1630

North Plains Elementary


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