In-Person Courses

Currently accepting enrollment for Session 2!


Click HERE to reserve your spot for any of the in-person courses in Session 2.

Session 2 In-person Course Listing

8-Weeks - July 5 ~ August 29, 2021

~FUNDAMENTALS~

Taiko Fundamentals (Multi Style) - by Yuta Kato

Tuesdays 8-9:45pm

  • Great for beginners or those who have been away from taiko for a while and want to review the basics.

  • Covers fundamentals of Beta, Naname, Odaiko, Small Drum


Hachijo Fundamentals - by Masa Miyano

Fridays 8-9:45pm

Saturdays 12-1:45pm (except 7/17 and 8/21, 10-11:45am)

  • Hachijo Daiko - where the drum is placed chest high and the hitting surface is perpendicular to the floor, a strictly improvisational style of taiko played by only two people: the soloist and the base-beat player.

  • In this course, students will learn the fundamentals necessary to play in the Hachijo-style, and will be guided through drills and exercises designed to help increase confidence in soloing and in becoming a thoughtful taiko player.


Naname Fundamentals - by Yuta Kato

Saturdays 12-1:45pm

  • Most popular style of taiko at LATI, where the drum is placed on an angled stand allowing for more choreographic playing.

  • Proceed to intermediate courses and unlock piece-learning courses such as Jack Bazaar, Omiyage, and Yodan-Uchi.


~INTERMEDIATE~

Beta Level 2 - by Yuta Kato

Wednesdays 6-7:45pm

  • Review and deepening of the fundamentals.

  • Preparation drills and material for piece-learning courses (Session 3) such as Awakening and Dokokara.


Naname Level 2 - by Yuta Kato

Wednesdays 8-9:45pm, Thursdays 10-11:45am

  • Review and deepening of the fundamentals.

  • Preparation drills and material for piece-learning courses (Session 3) such as Jack Bazaar, Omiyage, and Yodan-Uchi.


Odaiko Level 2 - by Yuta Kato

Fridays 6-7:45pm

  • Review and deepening of the fundamentals.

  • Preparation drills and material for piece-learning courses (Session 3) such as Rei.


Small Drum Level 2 - by David Wells

Thursdays 6-7:45pm

  • Continue practice of stick control and timing.

  • Introduce more drills to practice various techniques.

  • Practice the basics of playing multiple drums.

  • Practice selections from various pieces within LATI repertoire.


Intro to Soloing and Improvisation - by David Wells

Tuesdays 6-7:45pm

  • Practice constructing a variety of solos

  • Learn simple approaches to improvising music

  • Practice using and adapting known skills to different situations


Drills - by UnitOne

Saturdays 2-3:45pm (drop-in-able)

  • Lead by members of Asano's performance team UnitOne, this class will train your mind and body through a variety of drills on multiple taiko styles.


~PIECE PREP~

Mata Ne - Prep Course - by Fred Visaya

Wednesdays 8-9:45pm

  • An introduction to an original piece played on beta-style.

  • Students will be introduced to the skills and techniques necessary to learn 'Mata Ne'; such as playing swing beat, creating arm circles and moving around the taiko.

  • Feel prepared to take on learning "Mata Ne" in full in Session 3!

  • Video link of "Mata Ne" - https://youtu.be/EAA3EJzWJlE


Quitiplas in the Pocket - Prep Course - by Manman Mui

Sundays, 2-3:45pm

  • Learn naname movement drills while strengthening body awareness

  • Learn body percussion to internalize the polyrhythm of Quitiplas (African-Venezuelan style music)

  • Build movement and rhythmic vocabulary for creating your own naname solo and choreography

  • Proceed to Session 3, Quitiplas in the Pocket, where the class creates an arrangement to perform for the recital

  • Video link of Quitiplas in the Pocket https://youtu.be/yosXISeM3lg

Private Lessons - are $60/hour for one and $30/hour for each additional person. Please contact David or Yuta to set up your lesson.

Fue Level 2 - David is offering an 8-week Fue Level 2 Course online. Please go HERE to reserve your spot!

Questions?

Yuta Kato - yuta@taiko.la