Taiko Class Advancement Process

LEVELS & ADVANCEMENT

BEGINNING, PREREQUISITE: Attend one Intro to Taiko workshop (For those with previous taiko experience, contact Michelle Fujii mich@unitsouzou.com)
Take the Beginning Taiko Course for a wonderful introduction to the art form of taiko. No previous taiko training necessary, but students must be 12 years of age and older, and capable of fairly rigorous physical activity.

INTERMEDIATE
Upon completion of completing at least one Beginning Taiko Course, Intermediate students are welcome to take the Monday Songs Class and Wednesday Skills & Drills Class.

ADVANCED
After consistently attending at least 4-5 months of Korekara Taiko classes, interested and committed students can apply to the advanced level by filling out an application form to begin the process. Before submitting an application, reviewing the Korekara Taiko Advanced Student Benefits and Expectations is highly recommended! Scheduling an interview/audition taiko lesson with UNIT SOUZOU Co-Directors will be the next step.

Moving into the advanced level is determined at the discretion of UNIT SOUZOU Co-directors. Upon acceptance to become an advanced trainee, students will pay an initiation fee of $70.00 to receive a UNIT SOUZOU/Korekara Taiko performance guideline manual, UNIT SOUZOU t-shirt, and Asano Taiko performance bachi. ADV trainees will additionally commit to the customized private lesson course assigned by the UNIT SOUZOU Co-Directors from the initial interview/audition. Typically a course is between 3-5 private taiko lessons at $25/hour (special ADV trainee fee) scheduled on days and/or evenings outside of the group taiko classes. After 3 months as an ADV trainee, UNIT SOUZOU Co-Directors will determine acceptance and next steps.

ADVANCED+
Advanced+ students deepen their relationship with taiko by taking on intricate roles in the ensemble such as playing shime ji-uchi (base supporting beat), mentoring other students, holding down one’s part individually, etc. Admission to Advanced+ is by invitation only from UNIT SOUZOU Co-Directors, and students must maintain regular taiko private lessons offered at a discounted price. Advanced+ students will also be invited to join UNIT SOUZOU in small ensemble performances.

FAST TRACK for taiko players with previous performance experience
If you have previous taiko performance experience, you can be fast tracked into the intermediate and/or advanced levels. Please contact Michelle Fujii directly at mich@unitsouzou.com for more information.

UNIT SOUZOU Ensemble
Joining the ensemble is for those interested in learning and performing UNIT SOUZOU’s contemporary repertoire and in being and/or becoming a taiko professional. Compensation will be provided. Local ensemble members must be available for daytime education programs, theatre projects (fluid, intermittent schedule), small ensemble local performances and touring. Please contact Michelle Fujii directly at mich@unitsouzou.com for more information.