Taiko FUNdamentals: A Workshop for Taiko and Music Teachers

Instructor of Taiko FUNdamentals, Yeeman Mui is dedicated to help create a more creative taiko classroom, while staying within the realms of the art of taiko. The workshop will explore teaching the art of taiko through the Orff approach. Also welcome music teacher who would like to introduce the art of taiko to their classroom and any curious souls who would like to explore creative ways to improve musicality!

December 17 – 18, 2016 (Sat – Sun)
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center – University of Maryland

8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Registration Fee (Spaces are limited!)
Early-bird rate $195 applies until NOVEMBER 17th  November 21st!
After November 21st, standard rate is $235


OrffDrummingFUNdamentalsby the end of the workshop, you will be able to

  • teach a musical language that will make it easier for students to learn (especially for those with no musical background)
  • utilize games and movement to help teach taiko concepts
  • find new ways to help keep students engaged
  • create a musical classroom which not only makes learning intricate pieces fun, but concentrates on group cohesiveness while playing “in the groove”

Workshop Format:

Come ready to participate! Workshops are highly interactive, as participants will take on the roll as students in the classroom. This involves dancing, playing percussion (and taiko drums), and singing. Discussion and questions will follow after each workshop session, as well as at the end of program. Total workshop hours for two days will be 10 hours.

Sample Workshop Schedule: (subject to change)

Saturday December 17
3:00pm-6:00pm (3 hours)
6:30pm – 9:30pm (3 hours)

Sunday December 18
10:30am-2:30pm (4 hours)


Click here for testimonials from past participants

Click here for a sneak peek of TaikOrff 2016 Summer in Asano Taiko U.S.

A performance created by TaikOrff 2016 Summer participants

Message from Manman:
MM_thumbnailIn multiple conversations with taiko artists/performers/teachers, some have inquired as to how to keep young ones (toddlers) focused in the classroom. I have found that no matter how young or old the student is, helping define a student’s natural sense of musicality (through song, dance, body music and taiko) can make the classroom more enjoyable and engaging!
Orff Schulwerk has been extremely influential on my teaching style, I’ve also found that it’s provided a positive influence on my approach of musical pedagogy. Since becoming a certified Orff instructor, taiko has continued to provide me with a gateway to be able to share the tools I’ve accumulated with my students in hopes that their musical experience will reverberate beyond the classroom and will create a musically fulfilling life.
I’m grateful to have studied under wonderful music educators. From them I’ve gathered the tools necessary to develop an approach to create a musical platform which makes learning music and taiko accessible (and enjoyable!) to not only toddlers, but every one of all ages and skill levels. I combined my love for Taiko with my love for teaching. I aspire to continue to find new ways to celebrate the essence of the mind, body and spirit through music. Taiko FUNdamentals is my first step in bringing together taiko teachers who are not only willing to learn a new teaching style, but are willing to find a new meaning to musical appreciation. To all my fellow teaching enthusiast, I’m hoping you’ll be as excited as I am about incorporating pedagogy from non-taiko fields! Let’s all share our love for teaching and grow together!

Yeeman “ManMan” Mui Originally from Hong Kong, Manman graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2010 with an MPhil in Musicology. She is a dedicated taiko practitioner, performer and teacher. Since graduating from San Francisco International Orff, her vision is to continually find new ways to celebrate the essence of teaching of taiko through the mind, body and spirit. In 2012 and 2013, she was awarded a fellowship to study with Kenny Endo at the Taiko Center of the Pacific (TCP). Since then she has been working as a performing member and teacher at TCP. Outside of TCP and Hong Kong, She has also taught at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI), curated the Youth Program at the North American Taiko Conference in Las Vegas 2015, and conducted a series of music teacher workshops in Macau 2015.