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The marimba is a type of keyboard percussion instrument.

It is similar to a xylophone, but the greatest difference would be its resonant sound, particularly in the lower register.

It has large resonators placed below the keys.

There are different types of marimba - traditional marimbas (diatonic - 1 row of keys) or concert marimbas (Chromatic - 2 rows of keys).

A concert marimbist normally performs with "mallets", often holding 2 of them in each hand.

They come with different materials, weight or hardness to produce different tones.

During the last 100 years or so, it has developed into a common instrument for ensembles or solo performance.

I perform a full concert marimba with an extended range of 5+3/4 octaves, made by Korogi.

My instrument is about 3m wide!
Private Lessons

Tauranga / Hamilton


Yoshiko teaches all levels, from young child to adult. The marimba lessons are mostly focused on solo repertoire.

The lessons will be at her place in Tauranga, on her 5+2/3 octave marimba.

If you would like to have an instrument to practice at home, Yoshiko may be able to arrange a suitable instrument for hire or to purchase.


Yoshiko teaches Timpani and Orchestral Percussion, for both solo and orchestral purpose. (*NO drum-set)

Flexible combination of instruments, including the marimba.

The lessons will be either at her home or at a band hall in Tauranga, depending on the instrument.


Yoshiko provides lessons through video chat (eg. Skype, FaceTime) for intermediate - advanced players.

You will need to have a good internet connection and the instrument you'd like to learn at your side.

It is recommended to come for lessons in person once in a while, for better improvement.
Group Lessons


For introduction only, Yoshiko can arrange group lessons.
Please contact Yoshiko for more details.


Yoshiko teaches at her Percussion Class on Tuesday nights in Tauranga. The class is focused on preparing for large ensembles and percussion ensemble.
More information about the class here => Class Information
If you would like to have 'Private' group lessons, please contact Yoshiko for more details.

Percussion Workshop

If your school owns some percussion instruments, Yoshiko explains them one by one. Playing percussion is not just hitting things but making music. Knowing proper use of the instruments can make percussion playing more exciting. Believe it or not, one triangle can make several different sounds by playing it differently.

Yoshiko talks about the instrument and different kinds of music while performing on her 5+3/4 octave concert-marimba. The marimba is not just a big xylophone. Its musical ability has developed dramatically over the last decades. The size of the instrument leads the performer to move extensively and this visual experience helps the students to enjoy the concert more. That is one of the reasons why marimba is a popular instrument for school concerts.

Optionally a couple of student can come up to the stage to be part of the performance playing other percussion instruments.

For percussion ensemble groups or the percussion section of your school orchestra, symphonic band, etc, Yoshiko can tutor them on the pieces they are working on.