1. Taiko School Assembly - A one hour (or 45 minute) all-school assembly for ages Pre-K through H.S. This energizing, educational and engaging assembly includes drumming performance, a self-introduction in fluent Japanese (and English), some history, the ShishiMai-Japanese Lion Dance, and a question and answer period. Stuart regularly brings his solo assemblies to school audiences including a mixed K-12 group.
2. Hands-On Taiko Workshop With Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko! (Pre-K -Gr. 12, 40-90 minutes long)
Up to 35 students will learn some Taiko history, Taiko music, play the drums, and time permitting, learn a Japanese folk dance (Tanko Bushi). With 3 periods of contact (three workshops), one or multiple groups of 35 students can be ready for participation in a performance.
3. Tanko Bushi Folk Dance workshop (40-60 minutes, grades 3-12) - Up to 60 students at a time can learn the Tanko Bushi coal mining folk dance and be ready for participation in a performance. The workshop includes a short taiko piece, demonstration and instruction in the dance, questions and answers, plus cultural context.
4. Taiko Drum workshop for band members/percussionists (grade 5-12, up to 35 at a time) 40-90 minutes.
A more in-depth workshop in Taiko music, adding accompaniment parts and the possibility of Rhythmic Harmonies in the main theme. Participation in a performance is possible if the same group of students can meet 3 or more times.
5. After-School or Evening Family/Community Event (ages 5 - Adult)
This Community Event begins with a dynamic and inspiring Taiko performance which includes the Shishi Mai Japanese lion-mask dance, plus some participation for about 3 groups of parents and children, plus the demonstration of Tanko Bushi (a Japanese folk dance), followed by the audience joining in to learn this coal mining dance. A separate option can include 20-40 minute Taiko workshops for up to 60 people at a time (this would be multi-generational and require a gymnasium-sized space)
6, Teacher Workshop (up to 35 participants 30-60 minutes)
A hands-on Taiko workshop for faculty and staff is great for team-building, a movement-filled brain-vacation from the day’s agendas, and stress release! The teacher workshop includes a short demonstration, some history, and a question and answer session. Stuart is flexible and willing to respond to requests from the participants.
7. Dance/Movement Workshop (up to 35 kids age 7-18) 40-90 minutes
An introduction to the Japanese folk dance Tanko Bushi covers traditional dance steps and hand positions in this coal-mining dance from the Obon Festival. This is followed by ShishiMai, the Japanese Lion-mask dance. ShishiMai is an athletic and sometimes gymnastic dance bringing good luck to the New Year. This dance is taught while everyone holds an “invisible’ mask, we will start at the beginning of the dance, and go as far as time allows. Participation in a performance is possible if the group meets for 3 times. (There is the option of making masks using gallon/half-gallon water jugs, duck tape, and a 5” section of dowel or rolled up newspaper. Construction time is 30-60 minutes depending on the age group and amount of adult assistance.)
8. Dance/movement workshop for adults (up to 35 ) 40-120 minutes
An introduction to the Japanese folk dance Tanko Bushi, it covers traditional dance steps and hand positions in this coal-mining dance from the Obon Festival. This is followed by ShishiMai, the Japanese Lion-mask dance. ShishiMai is an athletic and sometimes gymnastic dance bringing good luck to the New Year. This dance acknowledges cardinal directions, speaks in the ‘language of the Mask’, and mimics feline grooming habits in the Edo Bayashi style. It is taught while everyone holds an “invisible’ mask. We will start at the beginning of the dance, and go as far as time allows. Participation in a performance is possible if the group meets for 3 times.
9. Solo Taiko performance by Stuart Paton
In a dynamic and powerful performance, Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko will perform Matsuri Daiko (Festival Taiko), Hiryu SanDan Gaeshi (Calling the good luck of a dragon), ShishiMai (a Japanese Lion-mask dance), -and more! This 30-years’ experience performing and teaching Taiko brings a depth and presence to this visual and musical exclamation point!
10. Djembe and Haitian conga community workshop (up to 35 participants age 12 through adults) 60-120 minutes
Bring your own drum or let’s use some of the Taiko drums, and learn Djembe music from W. Africa or Haitian traditional drumming. Stuart Paton has been teaching and playing these music forms since the late 1980’s, and shows teaching expertise and agility in mixed-level groups.
11. Japanese Culture Workshop - Stuart will bring his brush and write students' names in the Japanese alphabets and visit classrooms with the Lion mask and Q & A/talk about his experiences growing up in Tokyo.
Download the full workshop & assembly options here.