Taiko Drumming: A Step Further

217 TUTOR: John Bolwell

A step further than complete beginners, this is still Taiko basics, but a bit deeper and slightly more expansive in scope than the Introductory course. We will explore how playing will be enhanced by developing listening skills. How using full bodied movement transforms the experience for both the player and an audience. How to maximise the magic of working in a group. The course will be suitable for anyone who has had some experience of Taiko (maybe a previous Summer School), or someone who has related experience, such as in another style of drumming.

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PM course

Course Notes

Each day will commence with a thorough physical warm up and a short period of stillness.

There will be daily drumming exercises to develop posture and poise, flow and focus, comfort and control, within our playing.

Over the week, we will build an entertaining and dynamic Taiko tune. Expect to have fun, gently stretch ourselves, expand our possibilities and enjoy the feeling of working as a group to produce a potential performance piece.

Drums and bachi (drumsticks) will be supplied.

Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement.

Also, lightweight footwear that has a reasonable grip.

Course Tutor

John Bolwell

About John


John's drumming journey began in the late 1980's with African style hand drums. Later, encountering Japanese style Taiko drumming, he was attracted by how this combined physical movement skills into the art of playing the drum. His initial learning was in Fukui, Japan with Kurumaya Sensei and since then he has been running Taiko groups for 20 years.

John commenced his exploration of Oriental Arts in the early 1970's with the practice of Tai Chi which he continues to teach. His study in China has included learning the 'warrior role' from Beijing Opera.


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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM