Koto: Beginner

Japanese Traditional Music
Saturday Sessions

Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument first introduced to Japan from China in the 7th-8th centuries. Learn about the history, culture, and techniques of how to play this exquisite instrument in this 5-week course. Instruments will be provided for participants to use in the class.

2024 – 2025 Schedule

  • Days: Saturday sessions
  • Time: 10:30 am -12:30 pm

2024

  • Session 1: October 5, 12,  26 & November 3, 9 (Note: Nov. 3 is Sunday) 

2025

  • Session 2: January 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 8
  • Session 3: February 22 & March 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Session 4: April 5, 12, 19, 26 & May 10

Please note registration opens on August 1st, 2024 at 10 am.


Class Details

Price

  • $155 ($150 members)  – 5 week session

Note: Class sessions run 5 weeks and are purchased as a “session only,” not individual classes.

Prerequisite

  • Beginners of all levels are welcome

Location

  • Morikami Theater

Materials

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

Meet Your Instructor

Emiko Koto started her koto studies in 2000 under Mrs. Yoshiko Carlton, the former koto teacher at Morikami. She also had the privilege of learning from Mrs. Kyoko Okamato, the founder of the Washington Toho Koto Society in Washington, D.C. With a solid musical foundation, Mrs. Koto performed with Mrs. Carlton at various venues, including the Morikami Museum, Epcot, conventions, schools, libraries, museums, and attending local festivals and events. Continuing Mrs. Carlton work at the Morikami, Mrs. Koto will take on the helm of teaching and inspiring new students in playing the koto.

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