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Jonathan Kirby’s Taiko Drumming Book

£30.00 exc VAT

£30.00 inc VAT

Age 7 - 18+

  • L 1cm x W 21cm x H 30cm
  • Stock: 2
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5 - 9 3 % £29.10
10+ 5 % £28.50

Jonathan Kirby brings ten years of Taiko teaching experience together in this quick-start guide to Taiko drumming. The book is designed primarily for teachers and group leaders who are keen to get Taiko started without previous Taiko experience.

Jonathan says: ‘I worked on a project with some music teachers in North Devon, and we came up with the formula of a series of short online instructional videos, supported by a book. Purchase of the book gives the buyer the password to access the videos.’

One complete term of Taiko is laid out in simple, easy-to-follow lesson plans starting from the basics of how to stand at the drum, through to a full performance at the end of term – always following Kagemusha Taiko’s four key principles.

This is a concise, yet thorough guide that makes Taiko accessible to all in a way that is clear and easy to understand. The accompanying DVD shows Jonathan taking Kagemusha Junior Taiko’s newest members through the programme, step-by-step. Following the DVD chapters, read Jonathan’s teaching tips and notes and see Taiko teaching in action.

Drums for Schools are the exclusive UK distributor for Kagemusha Taiko Practice Drums

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Product Information

What's included

Chapters Include;

    • Introduction
    • What you need to succeed
    • History of Taiko, Taiko Principles
    • Taiko Notation
    • Running a Taiko Session
  • Ten Taiko Lesson plans (supported by DVD)


We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders up to 5kg – Courier 2 to 3 working day delivery. This would typically include books, smaller instruments, percussion baskets and djembes up to 40cm.

Orders over 5kg – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way.

Large orders – Pallet service, 3 to 5 working day delivery. Used for large orders and those with more fragile contents.

Please note:

  1. Above timings are from dispatch date. Time from placing your order will usually be one or two days longer, depending on the order and destination.
  2. Delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance. Please note that in these cases it’s fine to go ahead and place your order, and there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.
  3. For some destinations, where a courier service isn’t available, we may send by Royal Mail instead.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and large orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order prior to confirming shipping costs, and that there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you. Payment for international orders, including shipping costs, is required before dispatch of the goods.


Please let us know straight away if anything arrives damaged or otherwise in a substandard condition and we’ll be happy to replace it, refund the cost or provide you with an alternative product to your satisfaction. Speed is of the essence here as most courier companies will only accept responsibility for damage in transit if the damage is reported within 24 hours of delivery.

 In the event of damage, please take photographs, including any damage to the packaging, and email these to us ASAP.

Similarly, if an instrument  develops a fault within 12 months of purchase in the course of normal use (though excluding fair wear and tear), please let us know, and we’ll replace it or refund the cost. It’s also very helpful for us to see photos of the issue as this gives us solid information for changing the design, the production method or the packing materials.

But please do contact us before returning any damaged or substandard items. Once we’ve approved their return, please send to:  Drums for Schools Limited, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Burton Joyce NG14 5GL 

We really appreciate your feedback in the case of faults (or if you think an instrument could be improved in any way) and we take all such feedback very seriously indeed.

The order arrived very promptly, it was all music books so I cant make any comments about instruments. Everything we ordered arrived promptly & was all in good condition.

Sandra Bilham
Windstruments & Music House

We love the books here. Your texts are really clear, concise and in-depth without being complicated. The most popular is the taiko book, especially for high schools.Taiko drumming is becoming more popular here in Australia so it’s really great to have a text to go with our packages.

Anita Cook
Optimum Percussion