TaikOz promises three days of fun with thundering Odaiko and mighty taiko drumming at its School Holiday Youth Camp for budding young musicians, aged 3-16 years.
TaikOz has just returned from the USA, where it was one of only 4 taiko ensembles to perform at the World Taiko Gathering in LA in July. TaikOz is now spreading its infectious drumming and fun-filled music making in workshops especially designed for young people, particularly for those new to taiko drumming.
“Children have a unique opportunity to learn and explore the world of taiko and play a variety of taiko and other instruments, including the famous grand Odaiko drum!” says Workshop Director and TaikOz performer Kerryn Joyce. “We find that they have lots of fun and make new friends over the three days whilst learning to play music.”
Participants get an extensive programme of traditional taiko styles including Marugame-daiko from TaikOz performer Masae Ikegawa’s home town, and there is even a mystery guest.
Held in TaikOz’s Rosebery studios, the workshops are a great hands on opportunity for kids to get inspired by music.
Each day begins with warm up and stretching exercises and leads into technique sessions. Day one starts with the basics and the young musicians will start to focus on learning a piece specifically composed for the Youth Camp. Musicians and children will share the same space where there are no barriers, no obstructions, and kids are up close and part of the action. They will play the full range of TaikOz’s drums, which includes the grand odaiko drum. Additionally, Shinobue a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, is introduced to the older students. At the end of the camp, each group will come together for an informal presentation and show parents and friends what they have learnt.
Each day begins with warm up and stretching exercises and leads into technique sessions. Day one starts with the basics and the young musicians will start to focus on learning a piece specifically composed for the Youth Camp.
“It’s lots of fun and no one is too experienced or too old to enjoy it, all that’s needed is your enthusiasm to play a drum,” says Kerryn.