Taiko Drumming Course
Tokara Taiko
Wadaiko TOKARA
Taiko Workshops


Dates to be announced
(tentative dates)

This course is for teachers who already do or are planning to teach taiko classes and workshops, as well as for teaching assistants within a group.
The Kenshu Core Taiko Training Course is an intensive taiko training session during which participants will have the chance to be taught in the energetic performance style of TOKARA by Wadaiko Artist Art Lee.  Participants to the Kenshu Core Training Course will undergo intensive taiko study of all original drills and composition.  In the evenings, participants will be able to enjoy the festival atmosphere of Iida City and Achi Village during Cherry Blossom season.

This full-week intensive course also creates an opportunity for participants to experience what it is like to live in Japan as a taiko player, and to train in and see first-hand the vast abundance of taiko styles that abode in Japan.
The Kenshu Core Taiko Leader and Instructors Course was created in 2011 by internationally renown Taiko Artist Art Lee, who composes all drills and non-traditional compositions for the Kenshu Core Taiko Training Course.

Course Content
Participants will be taught movement and technique in various taiko performance styles. Afternoon sessions will include details/drills/information for teaching successful workshops, classes and group interactive sessions. Theory and demonstration will accompany drills and playing technique.

Each day, the course will run from 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Iida City Community Center.
At the conclusion of training each day, participants can explore the city of Iida, the "Sakura-Michi (Avenue of Cherry Blossoms), as well as Hirugami Hot Spring Resort, one of Japan's most popular onsen resorts.

To better immerse oneself in rural life in Japan, accomodation will be at a Japanese Inn located in Hirugami Onsen Resort called Misaka Ryokan.  Misaka Ryokan is one of the finest smaller inns in the 23 hotel resort due to the unequalled hospitality of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Toyama.  Accomodation, In-hotel onsen (natural hot spring) and breakfast are all included in the course fee.

Unless travelling to other parts of Japan before the course, participants are advised to arrive at the nearest international airport which is Chubu International Airport (Centrair - Nagoya).  Detailed directions will be included in information packets to those whose applications are accepted to the Course.

Details Summary
Dates: To be announced
Iida City, Japan
***Early registration from October 1st to December 30th.***
***Early registration is 110,000yen and is payable via Paypal***
Course fee covers:
Course Tuition
     2. Accomodation with breakfast
24 hour hot spring bath at Misaka Ryokan

Application for the 2016 Kenshu Core Taiko Training Course will be available from October 1st, 2015.

*** Applicants must have at least three years continuous taiko experience before applying to this course.  Limited to 15 participants.

To apply, please Click Here to Register

1. First Name:

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7. Taiko Group Name (if applicable)

8. Taiko Experience

You should receive confirmation of receipt of your application within two days by email.