Taiko FUNdamentals (All Ages)

Studies have proven that our learning abilities are maximised within a fun and supportive atmosphere. Through the use of musical games and dances from around the world, (taiko, clapping games, songs, body music, etc.), participants learn music intuitively, while improving their rhythmic sense and creativity. The fundamentals of music are internalized through physical involvement and multi-sensory activities, then applied to the taiko drumming, all while having fun. This workshop will also cover how to research for songs and make it work for your classroom and/or age group.


Taiko FUNdamentals (a.k.a. TaikOrff) is a program designed for all ages and skill levels. the workshop duration has been range from 3 to 10 hours. Here is a list of the past “Taiko FUNdamentals” workshops:

  • San Diego – North American Taiko Conference 2017
  • Hong Kong (Hosted by Orff4kids)
  • Washington DC (Hosted by Mark H. Rooney Taiko)
  • Los Angeles (Hosted by Asano Taiko U.S./Los Angeles Taiko Institute)
  • Las Vegas – North American Taiko Conference 2015
  • Honolulu – Taiko Center of the Pacific Summer Taiko Intensive 2015
  • Macau – Orff Drumming FUNdamentals 2015 (Hosted by Orff4kids) 

Testimonials from workshop participants

Kris Bergstrom (Head Teacher of Los Angele Taiko Institute, Los Angeles) 

“We have hosted Manman at Los Angeles Taiko Institute multiple times to give workshops to our teachers and her work has been a major inspiration for me personally. After our last workshop, I taught a week’s worth of my classes (13 total) without words, using gestures and the well-organized musical structures demonstrated by Manman. It was an amazingly successful experiment. Manman has repeatedly made me think deeply and improve my teaching and we plan to have her continue to guide us for many years to come. I highly recommend studying with Manman!”

Mary Dagani (Orff Music Teacher, Los Angeles)

“I know quite a bit about Orff, but I didn’t know a thing about Taiko.  Thanks to Manman’s generous nature and her expert teaching skills, I accomplished something I had never dreamed of.  I now feel confident that I can go back into my classroom and introduce my students to the world of basic Taiko drumming.  I am very thankful to have had the chance to attended her TaikOrff workshop!”

Kirsty Oshiro (Professional Taiko Artist and Educator, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area) 

“TaikOrff has helped me feel more confident teaching taiko to toddlers and has inspired me to make learning taiko more fun for myself and all my students.”

Peggy Yamamoto (fourth grade teacher and taiko player, San Diego)

“Teaching the rhythm and movement of taiko through TaikOrff is a brilliant combination of pedagogy, music appreciation, and creativity. Manman knows how to nurture and motivate musical and creative expression with her TaikOrff curriculum. I strongly recommend TaikOrff to any educator, musician, parent, or curious soul.”

Akari Sunaga (Taiko drummer, Los Angeles)

“Taikorff taught me skills that makes learning and teaching taiko a really fun experience for everyone. I do not have a strong musical background, but Manman and Taikorff has made music education accessible even for someone like me! The games and exercises that we learned from TaikOrff actually came in handy for our own taiko practice for complicated shime daiko work!”

Derek Oye (Taiko Community Alliance Chair and Board of Directors)

“I had the privilege to taking Taiko FUNdamentals at the North American Taiko Conference in San Diego. Wow! What an amazing experience! I have never felt like I learned so much in one workshop, while being continuously engaged all throughout the 2.5 hours. The exercises and activities were so carefully planned and culminated into a special performance where everyone was able to play together in a fun, collaborative, and open atmosphere. The workshop not only taught me techniques to use for my own teaching endeavors, but allowed me to explore storytelling through taiko. I felt by the end, I got to know my fellow workshop participants and created a narrative about taiko and Japanese culture. It also allowed me to express the important values of taiko in a creative way.  I would highly recommend taking Taiko FUNdamentals!”