Natural rhythms at Barnard Academy

  • Stuart Paton, co-founder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko, leads the Barnard Academy fourth and fifth grade class Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, through a piece they are learning during a five-day taiko drumming workshop in Barnard, Vt., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Each of the school's classes is spending an hour outside on each day of the workshop before a performance on Friday that will be recorded for parents. "I'm teaching Taiko as if it were a language," said Paton who engaged the class with repetition, vocalizations of the drum sounds and treating the movements of beating the drum as choreography. "Kind of like a language immersion program." (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Snow falls on a pair of sticks and a drum between class sessions of a taiko workshop at Barnard Academy in Barnard, Vt., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. All of the school's kindergarten through sixth grades are participating, with each class spending an hour session outside over the five days of the workshop. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Anabelle Park, 8, joins her second and third grade classmates at Barnard Academy in Barnard, Vt., as they learn Japanese taiko drumming from Stuart Paton, of Burlington Taiko, during a five-day workshop sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council, Barn Arts, and the Barnard Education Fund, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. "Everybody thought I was insane to bring them here in February," said Principal John Hansen, not pictured. "But in April, you've got rain and mud, and they're tough kids." (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Stuart Paton, co-founder and artistic director of Burlington Taiko, left, bows to his students at the Barnard Academy in Barnard, Vt., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, after a question and answer session about his time attending elementary school as a child in Japan and his favorite Japanese foods. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Published: 2/10/2021 9:40:40 PM
Modified: 2/10/2021 9:40:38 PM




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