You have come to the right place for a unique experience for your students. We have presented our  school programs worldwide- music being a universal language- children and adults alike have responded unanimously with the cheers and smiles. Feel free to contact us about scheduling or information about our programs- assemblies, residencies, workshops.

Key words:

taiko drums, shakuhachi, fue and dance group, Music Bands
Our Taikoza program will educate the students in joyful way. Opening doors to understanding, diversity and music understanding.
Our programs are popular internationally. This program will stay with you and your students for the rest of your lives, you will cherish this moment for many years to come. Make sure to bring this program to your school or community and students will be thankful you did. We are dedicated and passionate about our music and making sure its passed on and share dd with as many people around the  world as possible. Only by experiencing other cultures do you truly understand diversity and acceptance. 


"This is the best show I have ever seen in my entire live." Quote from a 2nd grader from Connecticut

Quote from Regina Larkin, Manager of Education Programs:

"Taikoza under the direction of Marco Lienhard has been working with us over a decade and, Taikoza is an integral part to our Asian Studies program. Here at Symphony Space we integrate cultural arts programs into the Social Studies curriculum for the Department of Education public and charter schools as well as private schools in the New York City area. Taikoza are an excellent team of artists that have worked with diverse communities and ages. (Pre K - adults) Not only are the students entertained with traditional music, dances and stories of Japan but they also are filled with content that deepens students understanding of traditional and contemporary culture of Japan. They are interactive with students that span learning Japanese words, playing drums, listening to the flutes or hearing the stories behind the traditional songs and dances they present. They acknowledge teachers and students by creating a setting where all participate and feel free to ask questions. Students definitely take away a deeper understanding of the culture and people. The power of the Taikoza drum, the enlightenment of the flute and the beauty of the koto resonates in our students minds years beyond the initial workshops and/or performances.I highly recommend Taikoza to visit your school for they are valuable educators who are dedicated to the culture of Japan."
Regina Larkin, Manager of Education Programs at SYMPHONY SPACE, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, New York 10025

 Teachers and Principals have said about our shows that it was the best assembly they had seen in 25 years! We are too happy to perform and educate and enetertain children of all ages around the world. what best way to entertain and educate at the same time.

 open children's eyes and hearts to a new culture. Our program are available through us at . We are also on regional chapters of Young Audiences on the East Coast.

Feel free to contact us for referrals or for more information on our programs.

We are also with Symphony Space CAP programs in New York city and many chapters of Young Audiences on the East Coast.


What will your students learn through the art of Taikoza?


Students will:

-  learn about a new culture and learning about its history and the context in which the music is used.

-learn Japanese, opening their minds to a new music that they are not familiar with, new scales and melodies.

- learn about the importance of teamwork to create harmony. Also that each member of a group is important to create the harmony of the group.

-learn about the importance of practice to achieve a skill

- learn about taiko, the background , how to play the drums, when they are used and how they are made.

-learn about bamboo flutes

-learn about Japanese festivals


Helpful activities to prepare your students for a performance by Taikoza:


  • Look at the map of Japan, find its capital and other large cities, count how many large island forms Japan
  • Read stories such as:
  • The Peach Boy
  • The drums of Noto Hanto (a great book to introduce children to taiko, its meaning and use and legends about some of the songs used in festivals- the book is out of print but can be found in libraries)
  • Look at web site and get familiar with different instruments
  • Watch cartoon Spirited Away
  • Learn to sing a folk song; Sakura (cherry blossom)

Word to learn before seeing a performance by Taikoza:

Taiko – Japanese barrel shaped drums

Matsuri – Japanese word for festival, can happen in any season, but is usually a dedication to gods to thank them for a good year

Bachi – Japanese word for Taiko drum sticks

Shakuhachi – name of the long 5-hole vertical end-blown bamboo flute

Fue – horizontal bamboo flute

Tokyo – capital of Japan

Ongaku – music in Japanese, each character that forms the word, meaning sound and enjoyment/fun

Kimono – Japanese costume worn by men and women, Happi is a shorter coat worn nowadays for festivals (Taikoza members wear them).

Bon Odori; summer festival involving dances- Odori mean dance

Ohayo Gozaimasu - Good morning- simply Ohayo ( pronounced like OHIO)works too!

Konnichiwa – Hello (daytime greeting)

Sayonara – Good-bye

Arigato – Thank you


Helpful activities to prepare your students for a performance by Taikoza:


  • Look at the map of Japan, find its capital and other large cities, count how many large island forms Japan
  • Read stories such as:
  • The Peach Boy
  • The drums of Noto Hanto (a great book to introduce children to taiko, its meaning and use and legends about some of the songs used in festivals- the book is out of print but can be found in libraries)
  • Look at web site and get familiar with different instruments
  • Watch cartoon Spirited Away
  • Learn to sing a folk song; Sakura (cherry blossom)

Japanese Instruments


Roughly translated, the word Taiko means big drum. It is generally used to describe a particular kind of Japanese drum that is hollowed out from a solid piece of keyaki wood(zelkova wood) and skinned by stretching and tacking a rawhide over each end of the body. The word applies to other type of drums and, on a broader scale, to the art of Japanese drumming itself. Taiko has been associated with many aspects of Japanese culture since ancient times. It is said that Taiko was used to drive away the plague and evil spirits. In the Shinto religion, it was used to call upon and entertain the gods, or kami, and in Japanese Buddhism, its sound was the manifestation of the voice of the Buddha. Both noblemen and commoners played and listened to Taiko which could be found in imperial court orchestras, in Kabuki, in Noh theater, on the battlefield and in the rice fields. Fifth-century clay dolls holding drums and seventh-century poems and paintings are evidence that Taiko was an integral part of the Japanese culture for the past fifteen centuries. It originated in China, where it still bears the same form as in Japan, even though the music played on it is different.

Although Taiko is still featured in various festivals throughout Japan, the art form in its present manifestation is a very recent phenomenon. Modern groups have blended tradition and interpretation with a wide array of percussion instruments and rhythms leading to a powerful, yet graceful synthesis of sound and motion. The spirit of the performers, combined with the pulse of the drums have created a dynamic and highly visual art form that has become quite popular in Japan and in the world. 


The shakuhachi (尺八)is an end blown bamboo flute with four holes in the front and one hole in the back. A type of Bamboo called Madake is used. The root of the bamboo is used to make the flute. It was used by a certain Buddhist sect (Fuke shu) as a tool of Buddhist meditation. In the Meianji temple in Kyoto, monks used to play the instrument as part of their training. The monk’s philosophy can be defined by the following words “Ichion Joubutsu,” which means, “ a single note to reach enlightenment or Buddha hood”.

It was also used in court music ensemble as accompaniment to the koto and the shamisen (a three stringed banjo-like instrument) and in folk songs. Over the years, its presence in popular music has increased and it can now be heard in a wide range of genres. It is believed that it came to Japan from China and perhaps India along with Buddhism- it was then a six hole instrument. The word shakuhachi means: shaku: a measure similar in length to the foot measure. Hachi refer to 8 of the smaller measure, which would be Sun:  which would translate as inch. So literally the name means: Foot-eight. The traditional standard flute can play the following notes: D, F, G, A, C. Each inch added or subtracted from length of flute would change the pitch by half a tone.


The Koto ()is a semi cylindrical zither with 13 strings. Each string has a movable bridge, which allows many different tuning combinations. The strings are plucked with small picks on the thumb and the first two fingers of the right hand, while the left raises the pitch or changes the tone. The earliest koto (yamagoto or wagon) had only five strings and was about three feet long. A sixth string was added in the Nara period (710-794). The 13-stringed Koto is modeled on the Chinese Zheng and is approximately six feet long. It also dates from the 8th century and could be found in the court music ensembles. A number of new schools of solo Koto developed in the late 15th century. There is also a bass koto with 17 strings and modern kotos of 20-25 strings.




The Shinobue (篠笛) or simply the Fue is made out of one segment of  thinner walled bamboo, the inside is lacquered. The most commonly used bamboo is the Medake (女竹)。The Shinobue is part of the family of Japanese side blown flute, also called simply Fue. The origins of the Fue as for most other Japanese instrument are unclear. The Fue usually has six to seven holes.

 It is used in Folk music (Matsuri, Kagura, etc.), Noh theatre and Nagauta for Kabuki music. The Noh flute is lacquered in black and has a very different tuning- usually only one Noh kan is played at a time. The Nohkan replaces the voice and has no exact tuning that could be compared to western tuning. There are 12 different sizes, which represent one octave. The largest flute is the Ipponjoushi tuning #1 and the smallest is 12honjoushi, which is tuning #12. The Shinobue comes as a flute with a Western tuning: Uta Bue or Traditional tuning Matsuri Bue, which can vary in tuning from region to region.


The Keys of the different numbered Fues:

 1   2   3      4           5    6            7   8   9   10   11      12

F   F#  G   A flat      A    B flat    B   C   C#  D   Eflat    E

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