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.
About Morikami’s Japanese Traditional Music Program
The Japanese Traditional Music Program was established in 2017 with initial and ongoing funding provided by Toshiba International Foundation. There are two components to the yearly summer program: a) summer youth camp: elementary, middle, and high school students from Grades 3 through 12; b) summer adult weekend workshops.
Students participating in the youth camp have various experiences learning about Japan and Japanese culture. The main focus is hands-on individual and group lessons on the Japanese 13-string zither, the koto. In addition, group lessons are offered on the Japanese taiko drums and in certain years we offer lessons on the shakuhachi, the bamboo flute. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, history, and cultural arts through hands-on activities, presentations, and tours of the Morikami galleries and gardens. The adult weekend workshops focus on beginner/intermediate levels 13-string koto and shakuhachi lessons.
The program staff includes Dr. Joseph Amato, Coordinator of the Japanese Traditional Music Program and Koto instructor, members of Fushu Daiko Taiko group, Morikami staff, and guest instructors on Japanese cultural arts.
- 1-Week Session: 9:00am – 4:00pm
- June 20 – June 24, 2022
- $275 per student
- For grades 3rd – 12th
- Throughout the Morikami Museum & Gardens
- Instruments and sheet music will be provided for participants to use in the class.
- *Recommended companion Koto instructional book available for $35 from instructor Joseph Amato.
Campers will be immersed in Japanese culture participating in fun craft activities, Japanese cultural arts, and exciting music classes which include the 13-string koto (zither) and taiko drums, taught by professional musicians, Joseph Amato and members from the Fushu Daiko Taiko group. All materials and instruments that campers need are provided for their use at camp. The program will allow students to have both practical and knowledge-based (theoretical/ historical) learning, all while having fun.
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
- Learn from special teaching artists about a Japanese cultural art
- Learn about our exhibits and gardens
- Create a variety of Japanese craft projects
- And having fun!
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.
This is a copy of the Summer 2019 schedule for your reference. The schedule will be updated as we get closer to the start of camp.
|8:30am – 9:00am||Check-in|
|9:00am – 10:30am||Group A
|10:30am – 11:00pm||Break|
|11:00am – 12:30pm||Group B||—||—||Group A|
|1:30pm-2:30pm||Group A- Cultural Activity||Group B – Cultural Activity|
|2:30pm – 2:45pm||Break|
|3:00pm -4:00pm||Group A – Cultural Activity||Group B – Cultural Activity|
|4:00pm – 4:30pm||Pick-up time|
Schedule subject to change in order to accommodate all camper enrollments.
Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato
Coordinator, Japanese Music Program
Joseph Gashō Amato received his Ph.D. in 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 the formal study of Japanese music history and Japanese traditional musical instruments at Seiha Hōgaku-kai. Since then, he continued his studies receiving his teaching license (junshihan) and his professional name Gashō in 2003.
Currently, he is the founder and director of the International Center for Japanese Culture since its inception in 2011. Before ICJC, Dr. Amato founded the Yokohama International School Japanese music program in 2003 and served as its director until 2011.
Pursuing his work on sharing Japanese traditional music and culture on the international level, in 2017 Dr. Amato founded and serves as President of Japanese Culture Promotion and Management an NPO dedicated to supporting Japanese traditional arts and culture. He is the coordinator of the Morikami Museum Japanese summer traditional music program located in Delray Beach, Florida, USA.
Fushu Daiko Taiko group
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.