This course introduces students to Japanese taiko drumming. The overarching goal of this class is to gain a broad understanding of Japanese culture by studying the theory, performance practices, and history of various genres of classical, folk, and contemporary music traditions. Students will gain a better understanding of the spirit behind the matsuri (festival) and other Japanese performance arts through learning two to three pieces on the Japanese taiko drum and basic techniques of playing the shinobue (bamboo flute). Students should wear clothes appropriate for demanding physical activity, i.e., stretching, squatting, various large arm movements.
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|Course Format: Performance||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Arha/Art)(CEAS-History)(CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)(CEAS-Music)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CEAS-Polit Econ)(MUSC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Students will also be assigned weekly readings and viewings that deal with these various Japanese performing arts and are expected to write a brief response paper for each assignment. Students are expected to show concerted effort in learning the pieces, attend all classes and one hour weekly TA sessions. There will be a student performance at the end of the semester.
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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.|