Koto Ensembles

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Asian Music Performance: Koto

Asian Music Performance: Koto MUS 127b
When: T, 4:00–5:50 pm
Where: Music Dept Room 114
Instructor: Mr. Darin Miyashiro

This is an introductory course in playing the 13-string Japanese koto in the ikuta tradition. Students will become familiar with the basic hira-joshi tuning and will learn fundamental playing techniques through well-known melodies. Aspects of Japanese language and culture as related to the koto and its music will also be covered.

No experience in music or Japanese language is required.

Japanese Koto Ensemble

Japanese Koto Ensemble MUS 311c
When: Th, 4:00–5:50 pm
Where: Music Dept Room 114
Instructor: Mr. Darin Miyashiro

Present-day sōkyoku traces its origins back to the classics of 17th century Japan which form the core of the standard repertoire. Students will learn relevant ensemble works as appropriate to their level of technical competency. Other traditional chamber instruments, such as the shakuhachi, are available for study pending availability of instruments.

This course is repeatable.