JONATHAN KIRBY’s TAIKO DRUMMING BOOK (Book & DVD*)
Jonathan Kirby brings ten years of taiko teaching experience together in this quick guide. Designed for teachers and group leaders who are keen to get taiko started with no previous taiko experience, one complete term of taiko is laid out in simple, easy-to-follow lesson plans starting from the basics of how to stand at the drum, through to a full performance at the end of term.
Reading through the book will let you know what to expect – history & principles as well as the more practical issues of teaching a taiko class. The DVD shows Jonathan teaching the newest members of Kagemusha Junior Taiko everything you will teach your pupils step by step. Follow our ten lesson plans for a successful first term of taiko – it’s as easy as that!
TEACHING TAIKO: PRINCIPLES & PRACTICE (Book & 4 DVDs*)
Designed primarily for teachers and group leaders, this critically acclaimed book and set of four DVDs is the first English language guide to learning and teaching taiko. The DVDs are presented by Jonathan Kirby, with the assistance of members of Kagemusha Junior Taiko who demonstrate each routine as it is taught step-by-step.
Approximately two years’ worth of curriculum and repertoire presented in a way that is both thorough and easy to understand, this approach to taiko is supported by sound educational principles which have inspired people for more than a decade.
“Received the taiko book and dvd’s. Wow! It’s totally awesome!! Well done to your team on the fantastic package – so easy to understand… I don’t have access to taiko teachers so it really is a godsend for me.”
School teacher in Australia, 2008
“Beautifully presented and impeccably thorough guide, combining inspiration and information in a most practical way, which is not only of immense use to music teachers interested in Taiko drumming itself, but also to anyone who teaches music to groups.”
Music Teacher Magazine, August 2009
*Video format is PAL. Will play on televisions in UK/Europe/Australia; will play on computers in USA/Canada/Japan.
To find out more please download our free Getting started with taiko booklet.