Want to Learn to play the Japanese Koto
Koto workshops offered by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto
Koto master Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto is offering workshops for beginners interested in learning to play the koto Instruments and equipment will be provided for these meetings Limited to the first 5-10 participants
About Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and learned to play the koto from her mother, and jiuta shamisen from Kazue Kudo In 1976, Shirley Sensei received her Shihan€¯ degree (instructors license) with Yushusho (highest) honors from the Chikushi School in Fukuoka, Japan, and her "Dai Shihan" Masters degree from the same school in 2000 for her mastery of the koto.
Shirley Sensei has taught the Japanese koto for over 40 years, including private lessons and meetings at public schools and at universities. In 2012, she was inducted into the Bunka Hall of Fame administered by the Hokka Nichibei Kai Japanese American Cultural Association of America for her life-long dedication to teaching and performing on the Japanese koto. She became the first koto performer from outside of Japan to qualify for the prestigious Kenjun Koto Competition in Kurume, Japan in 2018.
What is a Koto? The beautiful sound of the koto has long been used to represent nature: the flow of water, the soft sound of wind, and the chirping of birds and insects. The koto is an ancient stringed instrument with roots in Asia that extend back over 1,000 years. The koto is very adaptable; it can be tuned in a variety of ways, played in many styles, and blends well with many diverse instruments.
What will be covered in the Koto Workshop?
This workshop will be a basic introduction to playing the koto. You will be shown how to set up and break down the instrument, basic position and beginning techniques, and learn to play some simple songs. You will also learn to read basic koto sheet music.
You do not need to know Japanese to take this workshop. Koto instrument, finger picks and sheet music will be provided. Workshops are once a week, 45 minutes per meeting, four meetings in one month.
Cost of workshop 4 meetings for $120.00 for the month, in October (Cost includes use of koto, finger picks and rental of the venue. Must pay per month) or $35 per session.
Schedule: Workshop 1: Mondays October 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Location: Oakland Buddhist Church 825 Jackson Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto