Taiko Drumming

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They have been written and provided by Jake Perry, a music teacher at Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik. His first hands-on experience with taiko was at a teachers’ workshop organised by The Japan Society (then Japan 21/JFET) in Edinburgh. Since then he has attended workshops given by Mugenkyo and further developed his interest in taiko.

Taiko now forms a successful and highly popular part of the school’s curricular and extra-curricular programme. It is taught as part of S1/S2 classroom work and Jake also rehearses three after-school taiko groups. The senior group, TaikoTherapy, performed at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh in 2003. The school has now funded a set of okedo-style drums.

The biggest obstacle he encountered when first starting out on taiko was the lack of material written from a classroom perspective. It is with this in mind and in order to help others starting out now, that Jake has written this article.

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