INSPIRED: Kadina High School student Yvette Mazzar participates in a Japanese drumming workshop in the music rooms at Kadina High School.
INSPIRED: Kadina High School student Yvette Mazzar participates in a Japanese drumming workshop in the music rooms at Kadina High School. Marc Stapelberg

Students learn to a different drum

STUDENTS at Kadina High have been given the chance to sample Japanese culture through music with a special drumming session at the school.

Taiko instructor Kiyomi Calwell paid a visit to the school yesterday to show students the specialised drumming technique and teach them the basics.

Taiko drumming is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. It has many defining aspects, including its dynamic playing style, using loud, hard and fast choreographed movements that identify with Japanese martial arts.

Kadina High School's Japanese language teacher, Kirsten Rowan, organised a session of Taiko drumming with the students.

"It's so valuable; musically and culturally, and it helps the students with their listening skills and discipline. It shows the students what can be achieved in a short amount of time," Ms Rowan said.

Ms Calwell teaches Taiko drumming very specifically.

"When we play, we play from the heart, head and body, use your brain," she said.

Tyler Moss, 13, who attends Kadina High School, was one of the 50 students who got to experience Taiko drumming.

"It's different to modern drumming, it's not as hard and it has a rhythm."



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