Taiko is healing to me because it engages my mind and body... my spirit is enkindled by the sound and rhythm of the drums.
Burlington Taiko Group and its Sensei Stuart Paton, conduct 50-75 school performances and residencies annually, providing approximately 5,000 students a year first-hand knowledge of the excitement and power of playing taiko. The purpose of our work in schools is to allow children in North America to further their appreciation for diverse cultures, and to see first hand, role models of adults expressing powerful, even fierce, creative energy in avenues that benefit the community. Taiko is just spectacular. The rhythms, the dancing, the brilliant colors are all especially engaging and compelling for children and young adults. We hope our work can inspire them to find constructive, creative outlets for their abundant energy and to do it with the dedication and joy we bring to our own discipline.
Providing a well-rounded educational experience, Burlington Taiko offers both group performances for the whole school and residencies led by Sensei Paton. Performances typically are arranged in a 45 to 75 minute format to accommodate school schedules. Between pieces, students are encouraged to ask questions about taiko and the group. Workshops provide students with the opportunity to play on the drums and learn a taiko piece themselves. Half day, full day programs and weeklong residencies are available on request. If desired, the curriculum may also include learning a traditional Japanese Obon dance, and discussions of percussion, drum building, how taiko groups train and learn songs, together with the history of taiko and its place in Japanese and American society today.
View some of our past residencies.
In a residency program, students learn to play taiko music and to perform Japanese folk dances and songs. Stuart can teach up to 35 students at a time. He offers rates for 90 minute sessions and for a full day (4.5 hrs) of workshops. An extended residency includes 4.5 hours of instruction per day. At the option of your school, this extended residency may start with a school assembly, and /or culminate in a public recital preformed by your students.
Fee support for Stuart Paton and Burlington Taiko may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
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Below is a "menu" of different taiko workshop and performance options.
One 4.5 hour day: $575
5 day discounted price: $2,625
Solo School Assembly: $350
Burlington Taiko Assembly: $1,250
Recital fee: $170
(Transportation fee is calculated based on mileage traveled. Lodging is requested for extended residencies.)
A K-12/ all-school assembly by Stuart Paton starts this residency. 5 days of instruction culminates in a recital with 5 groups of 35 students. More students can be reached if some of the Taiko classes switch to Folk-dancing, or if the number of recital groups is reduced.
$3,145 + travel and lodging.
K-12/ all-school assembly by Stuart Paton starts this residency. 10 days of instruction culminates in a recital with 10 groups of 35 students. More students can be reached if some of the Taiko classes switch to Folk-dancing, or if the number of recital groups is reduced.
$5,770 plus travel and lodging.
Begin your taiko program with an exciting and energizing performance with Burlington Taiko. Then, have your students experience 10 days of workshops with Paton Sensei, ending with their own fabulous taiko recital. This package includes up to 9 groups of 35 students ready for a recital with Taiko and folk dancing, and a day of shorter workshops with other classes.
$6,670 + travel and lodging.
Includes a Burlington Taiko performance to start the residency, and 5 days of taiko workshops culminating in a recital with 5 groups of 35 students.
$4,045 + travel and lodging.
Three days of workshops with 1 or 2 groups of 35 students, plus shorter workshops where other classes learn a bit of taiko and Japanese folk dances. This ends with a recital by the 1 or 2 groups of 35, and a school performance with Burlington Taiko.
$3,145 + travel and lodging.
Up to 35 students at a time can enjoy 30-90 minute lessons with Paton Sensei, up to 4 ½ hours of contact time all in one day!
$1,825 + travel.