Taiko Summer School 2017 - (adults)

Katsugi style (over the shoulder) and Chappa

***For experienced players or musically confident beginners!***

7th to 10th Aug 2017, Farnham, Surrey

We are very pleased to announce this year's Taiko Summer School will take place once again at Frensham Heights in the beautiful countryside near Farnham, Surrey. This intensive four-day course is for anyone who has attended any Taiko courses or workshops in the past. The aims of the course will be to:

  • PRACTICE: learn and reinforce basic katsugi technique
  • STRENGTHEN: exercise to help your playing and overall fitness
  • "BE THE RHYTHM": increase fluency with the relationship between music and movement
  • PERFORM: work towards a public performance on the penultimate night of the course

This year, as a result of repeated requests, we're concentrating on the 'Katsugi' style (over the shoulder), and chappa technique. You'll also get fit and analyse your performance on video. There may also be an opportunity to perform, but we are currently awaiting confirmation on this.

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This year we will have expert Taiko tuition from Mark from Taiko Meantime.

What you'll need:

  • Running shoes: for those who are able, we'll be doing some gentle running in the mornings to warm up;
  • Sports clothing appropriate for Taiko (tabi boots are good but not essential);
  • Your own earplugs (if you need them);
  • Bags of energy!

The course

Cost: 295.

Course content:

  • We'll start each day with some gentle running and stretching;
  • Taiko stance and basic form;
  • Ji-Uchi (base-rhythm) technique;
  • Movement and an understanding of the relationship between rhythm and movement;
  • Solo technique;
  • Bring a piece alive with performance skills;
  • Watching own performance with use of video;
  • Basic Chappa technique and soloing.

Maximum 16 places.

Typical course structure:

  • Day 1: 10:30 - 17:00 Katsugi technique basics, application of technique into rhythms.
  • Day 2: 09:30 - 17:00 Chappa technique. More rhythms and construction of a performance piece
  • Day 3: 09:30 - 17:00 Video review, performance piece practice. Possible evening performance.
  • Day 4: 10:30 - 16:00 A day reviewing the performance and the week's learnings, and touching on other styles.


Aldridge theatre, Frensham Heights School, Rowledge, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4EA. Nearest train station: Farnham (3 miles).

Accommodation and Meals

There are many hotels and B&Bs in Frensham, Rowledge and Farnham, all within a few miles of Frensham Heights. Camping onsite is also available, with use of the sport centre showers. Whether you are staying on or off site, you can take advantage of 3 good buffet-style meals per day provided on site at 10 each.

What previous Summer School participants have said:

"Amazingly calm, patient & inspirational tuition, with great demonstrations & words of encouragement that enabled me to understand more about how to achieve the desired result."

"Your persistence on speed, precision and playing as a team helped us to improve our skills."

"FAULTLESS tuition. Mark, you have the patience of a saint."

"The venue and facilities were superb and so was the food."

"It was EXCELLENT value for money!"

"You modelled excellent technique and were always friendly and helpful. It's not easy to create an environment in which it is possible for people to safely fail while they try things, and I think you did."

NB. All payments are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled. However, your place on the course IS transferable to someone of your choice or someone on the waiting list.


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