Taiko Drums For Orkney – Taiko Drumming Workshop – Instructor

Date:March 19 2022
Time:11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Led by the experienced Tsuchigumo Daiko instructors, Martin Doyle and Shonagh Walker, the Taiko Drumming Instructor workshop is primarily aimed at those interested in teaching Taiko and perhaps starting a group of their own. While a background in other physical or musical activities is certainly a bonus, no previous Taiko experience is necessary.

The workshop aims to provide you with foundational knowledge by first exploring important aspects of the development of Taiko drumming. 

From there, Shonagh and Martin will guide you through an explanation of the physical aspects of Taiko Drumming, including a detailed warm-up, to ensure your body is ready for the activity. 

Next comes the approach to Taiko basics, such as the grip, general striking technique, stance, posture, basic movements, and use of verbal notation. The focus finally shifts to learning a series of drills and exercises to help you develop the foundational elements and provide tools to articulate ideas musically on the drum.


What Do You Need

Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans.  Do bring any food or snacks you require, especially if you are staying for the afternoon workshops. Tea, coffee and water are available at the Centre.

There is the option to buy one of a  limited number of sushi boxes from Sakura Kitchen. The cost to do so will be £12.00 (cash) on the day, and vegetarian sushi boxes will be available. If you would like to pre-order a sushi box, please contact ojainfo@btinternet.com.

Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before the start of the workshop.

Afternoon Workshops

If you would like to also attend the afternoon workshops and talks, please book directly on our website using this link.



If you have any questions about the booking process please contact us at booking@linklatervoice.com and we would be happy to assist you.



‘Taiko Drums for Orkney’ is a project initiated by the Orkney Japan Association (OJA). The Kristin Linklater Voice Centre is pleased to be hosting this series of workshops in partnership with OJA.
The workshop is kindly supported by funding from Voluntary Action Orkney and the Scottish Government.




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