Learning the art of the Japanese drum | Photos

La Salle students made and then played their own Japanese-style drums at a workshop on May 11. 

Taiko means ‘fat drum’ in Japanese and Taiko drumming is great exercise as well as making music, school languages coordinator Peter White said.

“It is a simple and energetic activity that all ages can enjoy.”

The Tyke-Oh Japanese Drumming Program was conducted with instructor Kyomi Calwell and students were very enthusiastic. 

One period was spent making the drums and then a second playing the drums. 

Everyone had to work as a team to build their Taiko drums in order to complete them in the given time limit.

Many of the students want to be able to continue learning to play the Taiko drums at school, which will continue now as part of the ongoing Japanese languages and music programs.