Event Title

Coordinating the Beat: Taiko Drumming and Informal Music Making at Colby

Presenter Information

Camille Gross, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 344

Start Date

1-5-2014 9:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2014 12:00 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Taiko drumming is a student-run club on campus that has not been explored in detail. The groups relaxed approach to music making makes it a unique musical experience for both participants and audience members. The goal of our research is to examine the culture of Taiko Drumming and how the group is able to participate in successful performances despite their somewhat relaxed approach to the rehearsal process. We will do so by observing Taiko Drumming rehearsals and completing interviews with club members. This will allow us to better understand Taikos methods for learning and creating music as well as their approaches to performing music on Colbys campus. Our findings suggest that Taiko has a relaxed approach to learning music and organizing rehearsals but that they are nevertheless able to perform successfully multiple times throughout the year with enthusiastic audience response. This is partially due to the non-traditional nature of the multisensory experience of drumming This information helps us better understand the qualities that contribute to successful musical performances on Colbys campus.

Faculty Sponsor

Natasha Zelensky

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Music Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Humanities

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

383

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May 1st, 9:00 AM May 1st, 12:00 PM

Coordinating the Beat: Taiko Drumming and Informal Music Making at Colby

Diamond 344

Taiko drumming is a student-run club on campus that has not been explored in detail. The groups relaxed approach to music making makes it a unique musical experience for both participants and audience members. The goal of our research is to examine the culture of Taiko Drumming and how the group is able to participate in successful performances despite their somewhat relaxed approach to the rehearsal process. We will do so by observing Taiko Drumming rehearsals and completing interviews with club members. This will allow us to better understand Taikos methods for learning and creating music as well as their approaches to performing music on Colbys campus. Our findings suggest that Taiko has a relaxed approach to learning music and organizing rehearsals but that they are nevertheless able to perform successfully multiple times throughout the year with enthusiastic audience response. This is partially due to the non-traditional nature of the multisensory experience of drumming This information helps us better understand the qualities that contribute to successful musical performances on Colbys campus.

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