|This course may be repeated for credit.|
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of TAIKO, the Japanese style of drumming. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of KUMIDAIKO (ensemble drumming). Students will study the basic form and technique for this style of drumming as well as the philosophies behind it and the cultural context (focusing on diasporic contexts, especially Asian America), via course readings, audiovisual materials, and the students' experience of the technique in an eight-page journal to be turned in immediately after the final recital at the end of the semester. The course is highly hands-on; students will undergo physical training and should expect a workout at every class.
Students will learn Japanese/Asian American cultural expressions through hands on experience with taiko drumming.
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|Course Format: Performance||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Music)(MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examination and Assignments: |
Homework will largely consist of practice assignments. Occasionally, some Japanese vocabulary will be assigned. Participation at the final concert, and a 8-page journal, demonstrating the student's engagement with the in-class experience and the course materials, will be turned in immediately after the final concert.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class attendance and one hour weekly TA sessions are mandatory. Auditions will take place at the first class.
|Instructor(s): Watanabe,Kaoru Times: .....F. 10:00AM-12:00PM; Location: WMH; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 20
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|