- Q. Is there an entrance fee?
- A. No. Only monthly tuition fees are required. Please refer to the table of fees for more details.
- Q. What kind of people are there in your school?
- A. There are many kinds of people from elementary school kids to those in their 70s. They have joined our school with their own purposes such as experiencing traditional performing arts, interests in Japanese taiko drum, maintaining their mental and physical health, and so on.
It is notable that the forty percent of students are female while Japanese taiko sounds powerful and seems like it requires a lot of physical strength; See the distribution of the students.
- Q. What should I wear during the class?
- A. Clothes suitable for exercise --such as t-shirts and track pants, are recommended for regular classes while we wear uniformed t-shirts or Japanese summer kimono "Yukata" in festivals and students recital.
- Q. Is there anything I should prepare in advance?
- A. You should purchase or make your own drumsticks after you enter the school though you can borrow them during the free trial class.
- Q. Do you accept a person with no experience of Japanese taiko?
- A. Everyone is welcomed. Miyake taiko does not require any musical background for it is composed of very simple rhythm patterns and you could enjoy it just after learning some basic patterns during the free trial class. In fact, this simplicity makes Miyake taiko interesting, and students at all levels could set their own goals.
If you practice harder, you can perform at stages like Narita Taiko Festival, Yasukuni Shrine, the Nippon Budokan and Earth Celebration.
- Q. What if I misses class due to an unexpected overtime work or illness?
- A. Alternatively, you can take another class in other places.
This system is often used by students who work for companies especially on their busy seasons.
- Q. Can I learn other parts of "Miyake-Jima Kamitsuki Mikoshi Daiko" such as "Kagura", "Kiyari", "Shishimai" and "Hyottoko" ?
- A. No. We practice playing taiko in regular classes. But at training camps, we also practice "Kagura" and "Kiyari". So, please consider joining training camps for better understanding of Miyake taiko.