Mark H Rooney

  • About the Artist:

    Mark H Rooney studies, performs, and teaches taiko, a dynamic form of full-body drumming based in Japanese tradition. Mark combines this traditional foundation with a modern sensibility to create performances and classes that emphasize connection, reaction, and interaction.

    Based in the DC area, Mark’s credits as a performer and teacher span multiple continents and genres. He began his taiko career in Boston with Odaiko New England in 1998, serving as Artistic Director from 2008-2010, and architect/instructor of their widely successful classes and workshops. Mark toured Europe and the U.S. extensively as a member of Taikoza and performed with groups in Japan - he has also collaborated with artists including Tiger Okoshi, Opera unMet, UpRooted Dance, Arts on the Horizon, and ilyAIMY. Mark's high-energy style appeals to students of all ages, as is evidenced by his growing number of Mark H Rooney Taiko School students and his popularity as a guest artist in schools and communities.

    Category:

    • Music

    Type of Programs Offered

    • residency
    • workshop
    • assembly
    • virtual
    • An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming

      Description:

      This interactive program features the performance of both traditional and contemporary songs and rhythms and explores the instruments, the use of one’s voice in taiko and a bit of history and Japanese vocabulary, as well. Performances include the chance for volunteers to get up and try their hand at playing these BIG drums!

      Virtual program options may be available.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • assembly
      • virtual
    • Introductory Taiko Workshop

      Description:

      With an emphasis on listening skills and a focus on fundamentals, this workshop (best for grades 3+) introduces the basic techniques for getting a large sound with efficient movement, the practice of drumming as a community and the traditional way to learn taiko music – all centered around the key principals of respect and connection. For more experienced students, intermediate, advanced and master class options are also available.

      Virtual program options may be available.

      Appropriate Grade Levels:
      PreK-12

      Curriculum Connections

      Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, STEM, World Languages, Character/SEL

      This program is offered as:

      • residency
      • workshop
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  • Name or Art Agency:
    Artivate, Inc.
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Phone:
    (301) 588-7525
    State / County:
    Maryland

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