Japanese Taiko Drumming and Instruments of Asia


Eileen Morgan’s program explores the fascinating culture of Japan and the Far East through exciting performances and an interactive lecture that showcases the mesmerizing Taiko drum, beautiful bamboo wind instruments and the unique percussion instruments of Japan, China, Korea and Vietnam. Imagine your story through exploring these instruments. This program demonstrates and encourages the audience to find the joy of Taiko drumming, the focus and drive needed for success and the importance of teamwork and community to succeed in group drumming. Joy, focus and teamwork are important life skills and Taiko drumming helps children and adults recognize and develop these skills. Also included in the presentation is the geography and science of even more percussion and wind instruments; where they are from, how the use of native resources affects how they are made and played, how these instruments overlap with those of other cultures. Using leading questions and audience participation to facilitate further involvement in the learning process, the audience is encouraged to predict how instruments are played and analyze the result or their predictions. Children and adults alike are fascinated by other cultures; their similarities, their differences and what we can learn from each other. Music creates community as well as encourages cultural diversity. Introducing these unique instruments to children and adults provides a wonderful opportunity to explore, identify, understand and ultimately create a link between the peoples of the world. “Taiko: Imagine Your Story” incorporates demonstration, lecture, audience participation and hands on with instruments that further encourages the audience to learn more about the culture, society and science of these unique instruments. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1ucMifnAL4[/embed]

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Eileen Morgan

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2125 West Augusta Avenue




Program Type

Solo Artist Eileen Morgan: Introduction and Demonstration of the following instruments: Korea: Changgo, Japan: Taiko (okedo, chu, shime), atarigani, chappa, binzasara, horagai, shinobue, shakuhachi. China: bo, shaoluo, daoluo, bawu, Vietnam: wooden frogs

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Library References

[{“Library\/School”:”Washington Elementary School District”,”Contact Person”:”Kathleen McKeever, Director of Academic Support Programs”,”Contact Work Phone”:”602-347-3504″},{“Library\/School”:”Washington Elementary School District”,”Contact Person”:”Melanie Van Wagner, After School Program Coordinator”,”Contact Work Phone”:”602-347-2833″},{“Library\/School”:”Phoenix Public Library”,”Contact Person”:”Wendy Resnik, Children and Teen Services Coordinator”,”Contact Work Phone”:”602-534-2021″},{“Library\/School”:”Tempe Library”,”Contact Person”:”Jessica Spauding”,”Contact Work Phone”:”480-350-5526″}]

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Special Notes

Open space, 15 x 20 for drum set up, one 6-8′ table. Microphone and mic stand if over 100 attendees. Looking forward to working with your library and community!

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