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Children’s Music Summer Camp



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9 in stock


10 in stock

Date: June 19 – June 23, 2017
Cost: $275
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm


For grades 3rd to 12th grade students.
Advance registration is required.

The program includes three different workshops for three age groups:

  • Group A: Grades 3 – 5
  • Group B: Grades 6 – 8
  • Group C: Grades 9 -12

Students will have three one-hour sessions: a) Japanese culture, b) 13-string koto and c) shakuhachi with professional musicians, Joseph Amato and Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, and scholar Minako Waseda.


Time Japanese Culture 13-string Koto Shakuhachi
9:00am – 10:00am Group A Group B Group C
10:00am – 10:30am Break Break Break
10:30am – 11:30am Group B Group C Group A
11:30am – 12:30pm Group C Group A Group B


The curriculum will allow students to have both practical and knowledge-based (theoretical/historical) classes. The knowledge-based component is a Japanese culture class taught by Dr. Waseda.  Topics may include the following:

  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture – Part 1 (Students will learn basic phrases, kanji numbers to read the music sheet, etc.)
  • Introduction to the history of Japanese traditional music
  • Craft project: Make a koto practice board and shakuhachi fingering tube to take home for practicing finger techniques and songs
  • Learn about kimono culture and its history. The students will learn how to wear a kimono for their recital.
  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture – Part 2 (Using Morikami’s exhibit, Japan Through the Eyes of a Child, the students will tour and learn about Japan’s geography, schools, home life in Japan, and etc.)

The practical classes include Japanese music instrument instruction. Dr. Amato will lead the basic koto workshops, teaching the students how to use tsume (finger plectrums), how to read Japanese musical notation and how to execute basic koto performance techniques through simple compositions. Professor Blasdel will lead the shakuhachi workshops, teaching the students proper breathing, posture, how to execute simple long notes and how to read Japanese traditional music notation. He will also teach the students a short shakuhachi piece.

On Sunday, June 25 at 3:00pm, the program participants will perform in a special public concert to mark the 40th anniversary of the museum. This performance is free to all visitors at the Morikami.