Japanese Traditional Music Program
Summer 2019

About

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens proudly announce the establishment of a yearly Japanese traditional music education program aimed at the general public and school children. This groundbreaking program coincides with the museum’s 40th year anniversary and will include hands-on workshops and special musical events.

Program content includes practical instruction on the Japanese shakuhachi and the 13-string koto for both children (grades 3-12) and adults. In addition, the program will feature special classes on Japanese music theory and history, culture, and an introduction to Japanese traditional performing arts.

Led by Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, coordinator of the program and koto teacher, the faculty also includes ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi performer Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel and Japanese music professor Dr. Minako Waseda. The Japanese Traditional Music Program is proudly supported through special grants received from the Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation and the Morikami Wisdom Ring Members.

 

 

 

 

 

This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


Instructor Bios

Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato

Coordinator, Japanese Music Program
Koto Instructor

Dr. Amato received his Ph.D. in music composition in 1998 from New York University with primary studies in Italian contemporary music. In 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Bunka-chō Japanese Government Artists Fellowship to pursue formal study of Japanese traditional music at Seiha Hōgaku-kai. He continued studies receiving his teaching license and his professional name Gashō in 2003. Concurrently, Dr. Amato founded the Yokohama International School Japanese Music Program – the first and only traditional Japanese music program in primary/secondary education in the world – directing and teaching until 2011.  In 2011, Dr. Amato established the International Center for Japanese Culture (ICJC), an NPO promoting Japanese traditional arts and culture and is currently continuing his post as director. Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music on the international level, in 2016, Dr. Amato established the Seiha Hōgaku-kai International Summer School and currently continues as its director. Dr. Amato has held teaching positions and special lecturer posts at Robert Stockton College of NJ, Fukuoka International School, Heidelberg College, Seiha Hōgaku Gakuin and Yokohama National University.


Professor Christopher Yohmei Blasdel 

Shakuhachi Instructor

Christopher Yohmei Blasdel began the shakuhachi and studies of Japanese music in 1972 with Living National Treasure Goro Yamaguchi. In 1982 he received an MFA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and is one of only two non-Japanese to be accredited as a shihan master by Yamaguchi. Performing in Japan and around the world, Blasdel maintains a balance between traditional shakuhachi music, modern compositions and cross-genre work with musicians, dancers, poets and visual artists. His discography includes numerous CDs of traditional and contemporary music. He has also composed and performed music for NHK documentaries and various films. He was the Artistic Director of the International House of Japan from 1987 to 2013, co-organized the World Shakuhachi Festival ’98 held in Boulder, Colorado and the Sydney World Shakuhachi Festival in 2008. He was a founder of the annual Prague Shakuhachi Festival. His semi-autobiographical book, The Single Tone—A Personal Journey through Shakuhachi Music (2005) and The Shakuhachi, A Manual for Learning (1988) are two of the most important English language resource books on the shakuhachi. Presently, he is an adjunct lecturer at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa and holds a fourth-degree black belt in Aikido. 


Fushu Daiko Taiko group

Taiko Instructors

Top performers from South Florida’s Fushu Daiko will conduct the workshop. The group is recognized by Seiichi Tanaka, the master of San Francisco Taiko Dojo, who brought taiko to the United States and who trained senior members of the Fushu Daiko group.


Youth Music Summer Camp

The program is for students in grade 3rd to 12th.

Campers will learn to play traditional Japanese instruments from professional musicians, experience Japanese culture, and participate in fun craft activities. Dr. Amato will lead the basic koto workshops, teaching the students how to use tsume (finger picks), how to read Japanese musical notation and how to execute basic koto performance techniques through simple compositions. Members of the local Fushu Daiko Taiko group will teach the basics of traditional Japanese drumming. Professor Blasdel will be a guest speaker for one class introducing the shakuhachi (bamboo flute), teaching the students proper breathing, posture, how to execute simple long notes and how to read Japanese traditional music notation.

Campers will have sessions on Japanese culture, 13-string koto (zither) and taiko drums with professional musicians, Joseph Amato and members from the Fushu Daiko Taiko group. Instruments and sheet music will be provided for use in the workshops. There will be one special introduction class to shakuhachi (bamboo flute) by professional musician Christopher Yohmei Blasdel.

2018 – 2019 SCHEDULE

1-week session: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Session 1: June 24 – June 28, 2019

Register Here

CLASS DETAILS

PRICE

  • 1-week Session: $250
    • Group A: Grades 3 – 5
    • Group B: Grades 6 – 8
    • Group C: Grades 9 -12

(Choose the group by the grade your camper is going into)

MATERIAL FEE

  • N/A

PREREQUISITE

  • For grades 3rd – 12th

LOCATION

  • Throughout the Morikami Museum & Gardens

MATERIALS

  • Instruments and sheet music will be provided for participants to use in the class.

TOPICS

The curriculum will allow students to have both practical and knowledge-based (theoretical/historical) classes. The knowledge-based component is a Japanese culture class, with topics that include the following:

  • Introduction to Japanese language and culture
  • 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 from a special teaching artist about a Japanese cultural art
  • Tours of our exhibit and gardens
  • Creating a variety of Japanese craft projects
  • And having fun!

Summer Music Program Morikami 2018    Group A

Summer Music Program Morikami 2018    Group B

Summer Music Program Morikami 2018 Group C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Artist Workshops: Japanese Traditional Music

There will be two opportunities for adults to take the Japanese traditional music workshops at the Morikami Museum with our professional musicians from Japan. Instruments and sheet music will be provided for use in the workshops.

Koto

Participants will choose which instrument they would like to study: 13-string koto (zither) or shakuhachi (bamboo flute). The program is aimed at beginners, those with no or little experience with the shakuhachi or koto. An intermediate course is be offered on the weekends for those who have taken the beginners course and want to go to the next level.

Shakuhachi

Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Dates: June 22-23, 2019
Cost: $200
Time:

  • 9:00am-12:30pm (10am-10:30am break) (Beginners)
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm (2:30pm – 3:00pm break) (Intermediate)*

Location:

  • Morikami Theater (Koto class)
  • Tea House (Shakuhachi class)

Advance registration is required
*prerequisite is the beginners course or prior experience with the instrument

Shakuhachi Beginner Register HereShakuhachi Intermediate Register Here

Koto Beginner Register Here Koto Intermediate Register Here

 

Sessions Date Time Total Hours Cost
Weekend (2 days)
(Beginners)
June 22-23 9:00am – 12:30pm
(10am –10:30am break)
6 $200
Weekend (2 days)
(Intermediate)
June 22-23 1:30pm – 5:00pm
(2:30pm -3:00pm break)
6 $200


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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