The sixth grade general music students of Mr. Josh Senn at the Newcomerstown Middle School recently spent working on a unit about Taiko (tie-koh) drumming. Taiko drumming is a Japanese drum art that is loud, energetic, and very choreographed. Each type of body movement and strike on the drum is accompanied by a specific Japanese syllable. This ensures that all students are using the proper movement when a certain beat is used. Each student was given their own drum (a five-gallon bucket) and sticks (two large dowel rods), on which to play. After practicing with several basic rhythms, students were then challenged to create their own rhythms using the taiko syllables learned in class. Mr. Senn noted that, "The students had a blast and the creativity expressed by all of them was truly amazing."