Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Studio Spotlight: Taiko Drumming with Peter Marino

Peter Marino has been teaching percussion for the past 20 years and is the head of the Atlanta Taiko Project, whose aim is "spreading the joy of music-making." It is Peter's professional focus to help amateurs understand the secret that professiona musicians know but rarely share: that it is more fun to play an instrument than to listen to one. Taiko drumming - an ensemble style of drumming that originated in Japan - is easy to learn for any age, and does not require any previous experience or even knowledge of how to read music. It's also a great stress-reliever, and great exercise for your brain.

  1. What do you teach at CORE Studios?
    Taiko Drumming
  1. What got you into teaching?
    I’ve done it most of my life. I love the feeling of helping people understand something they didn’t know before.
  1. How long have you been teaching?
    20 years

  1. What two adjectives would you use to describe your classes?
    Engaging and Fun
  1. Tell us a little bit about what your focus is for your classes?
    Getting participants, some who have never played before, to experience the joy of playing music with others.
  1. Do you have any upcoming projects or events you are excited about?
    We are working on a five-movement piece to represent the five classical elements of fire, water, air, earth and spirit.
  1. What do you love about CORE Studios?
    The location, the feel, and the people I have met.

    Learning Taiko takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, with a beginning class from 3:00pm to 4:15pm and advanced class from 4:30pm - 5:45pm. To sign up, visit  atlantataikoproject.com.