"The girls were thrilled to work with a professional who is so clearly passionate about Taiko drumming, and they absorbed his enthusiastic and highly professional approach to the performance discipline, producing a confident and impressive piece after 90 minutes of focused teaching. Thank you for the opportunity to learn a new skill. It was so much fun!"
- Alison Venn, James Allen's Girls School

Pre and Post-Booking Checklist

In order to ensure that your taiko workshops are a complete success, here is a checklist for the day.

Pre-booking requirements:

  • When choosing the space in which to hold the workshops, you should consider Taiko to be a martial art. We need one empty hall (10m x 20m for a group of 30 children) on ground level - it is important that the workshops are held in this single venue to avoid damage to equipment and/or personal injury that can come with when moving drums from room to room. NB We cannot hold workshops outside.
  • Taiko is a noisy activity, so the workshop should be held in a venue/at a time where others will not be disturbed. Generally school halls are best for the sound. Gyms are very reverberant, and classrooms are enclosed making the noise very intense.
  • We are covered by public liability insurance and have recent CRB checks, but for safety and discipline purposes, we would like one member of school staff to be present during workshops at all times.
  • Please book the hall! It is very important that the availability of the hall is established early, and that the booking does not clash with other activities.

Arrangements to make in the lead-up to the workshop date:

  • We have lots of heavy equipment, so please plan in advance the shortest route possible from the van to the hall. This may mean unlocking side doors to the hall, and unlocking gates to the playground for van access.
  • To save us time on arrival, please supply the address of the entrance that we're meant to use if different from the main school address.
  • To aid our setup time, please inform reception of the hall we'll be using, and the get-in route.
  • Please arrange for the hall to be open ahead of our arrival.
  • If we are not able to park at our unloading spot for the whole day, please reserve 1 parking space with cones/parking permits if necessary.
  • Taiko is sweaty work, so, although non-essential, we suggest that all participants wear sports clothing.
  • We have big appetites! So please arrange a hot school lunch for each teacher.
Thank you!