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Beyond the Drum

July 30 - August 1, 2021

Calling All Workshop Proposals!

This summer, the Taiko Community Alliance will be hosting our first-ever fully virtual conference. We recognize that many in the taiko community have been without access to drums and group practice time over the past year. While this sadly doesn’t look like it will be resolved anytime soon, our goal with Beyond the Drum (BTD) is to uplift everything our community has to offer beyond the drum.

Going beyond the drum signifies the immense amount of work and skill that contributes to the preservation and growth of our taiko community outside of playing on taiko. Anyone who has ever played taiko has benefited from the work of those who contribute to the taiko community through these avenues. Someone had to harvest those drum materials. Someone had to build that drum. Someone had to secure that space to drum. Someone, somewhere, somehow brought taiko into our lives, gave us the opportunity to play, and now here we are.

Below is a collection of topics that highlight ways in which our community engages with taiko “beyond the drum.”

What are you interested in seeing at Beyond the Drum this summer? You can let us know through any of the following options:

  1. Click on the “thumbs up” (👍) icon on any topic that you are interested in. You can “upvote” as many topics as you’d like. If you change your mind, simply click the thumb again to tuck it away.
     
  2. Click on the topic to read the full description, and leave a comment if there are particular areas you are interested in, whether they’re included in the description already or not. We recognize that many of these topics can go in a huge array of directions!

  3. Send an email to sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org to suggest another topic that we have not already included here. We will continue adding to this list throughout the first few weeks of April.
  1. Click on the “thumbs up” (👍) icon on any topic that you are interested in. You can “upvote” as many topics as you’d like. If you change your mind, simply click the thumb again to tuck it away.
     
  2. Click on the topic to read the full description, and leave a comment if there are particular areas you are interested in, whether they’re included in the description already or not. We recognize that many of these topics can go in a huge array of directions!

  3. Send an email to sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org to suggest another topic that we have not already included here. We will continue adding to this list throughout the first few weeks of April.

These topics are not guaranteed for our Beyond the Drum conference this summer. The finalized session offerings will depend on many factors including the availability of facilitators and how the conference continues to evolve through the work of our BTD Committee and community input.

Would you like to teach/present/facilitate/do something at Beyond the Drum? We are now accepting proposals through April 19, 2021. To learn more about the types of proposals we are seeking, eligibility requirements, compensation, and – of course – to submit your proposal, please follow the link below.


Questions?
Please contact TCA Program Manager, Kristina McGaha (kristina@taikocommunityalliance.org).

Would you like to teach/present/facilitate/do something at Beyond the Drum? We are now accepting proposals through April 19, 2021. To learn more about the types of proposals we are seeking, eligibility requirements, compensation, and – of course – to submit your proposal, please follow the link below.


Questions?
Please contact TCA Program Manager, Kristina McGaha (kristina@taikocommunityalliance.org).

Stay tuned for updates on the schedule, session offerings, facilitators, registration, and more exciting announcements in May 2021!


*A Note on Information Collected When Voting: Many WordPress voting systems require the entry of a name and email in order to prevent multiple votes from a single person. We are unable to turn this feature off, but we trust you. We are not tracking nor saving this information, and you are welcome to enter a name and email in a way that protects your anonymity. There will be no need to confirm the email, and the name entered will not be tied to the topic(s) you vote for. There have been some reports of issues with this feature on mobile devices, so voting on a laptop/desktop is recommended. For any additional questions or concerns, please reach out at any time to Sarah Gilbert (sarah@taikocommunityalliance.org).

Beyond the Drum – Topics of Interest

  • 13
    Taiko and Healing/Taiko and Music Therapy
    3 weeks agoopen1
    Music Therapy is a long-standing and ever-expanding tool for healing and well-being. How are music therapists incorporating taiko into their practices? What are some of the ways that taiko is being usRead more…
  • 11
    Fitness & Injury Prevention for Taiko Players
    3 weeks agoopen0
    Taiko can hurt. (But it’s a good hurt, right?) Playing taiko can take a toll on our bodies. If you want to explore best practices for preventing injury in your taiko playing and effectively developingRead more…
  • 9
    Production and Stage Management
    3 weeks agoopen0
    Front of house, back of house, setting the stage – so much preparation goes on behind the scenes before the drumming begins. If you’re interested in learning about the art of being a production/stage Read more…
  • 8
    Drum Building/Repair
    4 weeks agoopen0
    Anything you can think of related to creating and repairing drums (whether they’re made of wood, tire rubber, or something extra creative). Add your areas of interest in the comments section!
  • 8
    Grant Funding Strategies
    3 weeks agoopen0
    If you are in the taiko community, you know that grant funding has paved the way for making many taiko projects, adventures, and events into realities. This topic is for you if you would like to learnRead more…
  • 8
    Audio Engineering
    3 weeks agoopen0
    If you’ve ever thought about, tried to, or aspire to produce a recording or a live performance, balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalization, dynamics processing and audio effects, mixing,Read more…
  • 7
    Creative Practice Drum Solutions – How to Practice at Home
    3 weeks agoopen0
    With or without a drum, how are folx tailoring their at-home (or elsewhere) practice setups to continue playing despite space, noise, equipment endurance, or other restrictions?
  • 7
    Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
    3 weeks agoopen0
    What do these words mean? In a global context, a national context, a community context, a taiko community context, and within our own groups and personal networks, how we recognize, interpret, and takRead more…
  • 7
    Event Coordination
    3 weeks agoopen0
    How do events go from ideas to realities? If you want to learn about the ins-and-outs of coordinating an event from dreaming to planning to execution, this topic is for you. Events can vary in size, sRead more…
  • 6
    Producing Taiko Shows
    3 weeks agoopen0
    What goes into envisioning a staged event? Whether that event is indoors, outdoors, on a stage, on the grass, or on Zoom screens worldwide, take a look at the mind of a producer and learn what this prRead more…
  • 5
    Talk Story: Life in a Youth Group
    3 weeks agoopen0
    Many organizations present a separate program for the younger demographic, which often requires a different administrative and instructional approach. This informal sharing session offers an opportuniRead more…
  • 4
    Group Leadership Structures
    3 weeks agoopen0
    Have you founded or are you in the process of founding a taiko group? Are you a group member? Do you hold a leadership position within a group? This topic is for you if you want to take a look at and Read more…
  • 3
    Video Recording
    3 weeks agoopen0
    These days, cellphones can do anything; but, if you are wanting to learn about video recording concepts such as best practices, tools of the trade, a deeper understanding of video recording practices,Read more…
  • 2
    How To: Become a Certified 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization
    3 weeks agoopen0
    Are you considering enrolling your organization as a 501(c)3 Nonprofit? We’ve lived this life. This topic is for you if you’d like to learn step-by-step what goes into this process and how you too canRead more…
  • 2
    Taiko and Community Engagement
    2 weeks agoopen0
    What are best practices for building partnerships with community organizations, planning appropriate activities, fundraising to support your work, and the many other actions that go into successfully Read more…
  • 1
    Marketing Strategies
    3 weeks agoopen0
    How are you marketing your group, your school, your own talents, your products – anything that you are trying to share with the world? This topic is for you if you want to uncover new ideas for brainsRead more…
  • 1
    Composition
    2 weeks agoopen0
    Whether you’re an experienced composer, fledgling composer, or somewhere in between, this topic is for you if you’re wanting to learn more about how taiko composition is approached by individuals in tRead more…
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