Our Summer Music Program is Major Key!

This summer Morikami is alive with the sound of music as we embark on our second annual Children’s Summer Camp and Guest Artist Workshops: Japanese Traditional Music Program for Adults. Both music programs are perfect for adults and children who are passionate about music and experiencing Japanese culture (from the convenience of Delray Beach).


The Children’s Summer Camp is a fun, five-day workshop, open to students in grades 3 through 12. Camper’s will learn about musical theory, be introduced to Japanese history, language and performing arts, and receive instrumental instruction on the taiko (drum), koto (13-string zither), and shakuhachi (bamboo flute). In addition to touring our hands-on exhibit, Japan Through the Eyes of Child, part of the education will include learning about the traditional kimono, which the students will wear at their final recital, attended by families and visitors of the museum on Day 5 of the camp. Participants will get to build their very own paper versions of koto and shakuhachi instruments as a way to continue practicing their newly learned techniques and lyrical compositions.

The Guest Artist Workshops for Adults begins the last week of June and will be offered as either a weekday or weekend workshop, accommodating the busiest of summer schedules! Enrolled students can chose to learn either the 13-string koto or shakuhachi. This program is aimed at absolute beginners (those with no previous experience with the shakuhachi or koto) and basic beginners (those who have had a little experience with the instruments and want to improve). An intermediate course will be available for students who have taken the beginners course and are ready to advance their skills.

Courses for the Camp and Workshop will be taught by Christopher Yohmei Blasdel, a Hawaiian ethnomusicologist and shakuhachi performer, and Dr. Joseph Gashō Amato, a reknowned koto master and coordinator of Morikami’s musical programs. The taiko workshop will be led by one of the nation’s leading taiko drumming groups, and frequent performers at Morikami, Fushu Daiko.

Children’s Summer Music Camp runs June 25-29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guest Artist Workshops: Japanese Traditional Music runs June 26-28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., June 30 & July 1, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (beginners) or 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (intermediate). Advance registration is required and classes fill up quickly. For more information, call (561) 495-0233 or visit morikami.org/event/japanese-traditional-music-program 


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