Fall class schedule with a new structure and exciting content!
Beginning in the fall, all new taiko students will be required to enroll in our Taiko 101 workshop. Afterwards students can enroll in a series of four classes covering a variety of instruments, stances, techniques, and repertoire (Movement and Matsuri, Naname Fundamentals, Odaiko and Shime, and Power Taiko: Ha!). After completion of the four classes, select students will be encouraged to enroll in Beyond Basics, which concentrates on form, timing, ensemble playing, soloing, and improvisation. If you have previous taiko experience, please contact us so we can determine the most appropriate class for you. We hope to see you in the fall!

Taiko 101 Workshop
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $30.00 plus registration fees
Learn the basics of taiko (rhythms, stances, and hitting techniques) in this fun-filled and accessible TAIKO 101 WORKSHOP. Instructors will guide participants through a variety of physical and musical activities and introduce background information on the tradition of taiko in Japan and North America. No experience necessary. Suggested age: 8 – 88.

Movement and Matsuri
Wednesdays, October 4 through November 15, 5:00 to 6:05 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $95.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Beginning Taiko class, Taiko 101 Workshop, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor
This class will focus on Midare Matsuri, Portland Taiko’s arrangement of traditional matsuri (festival) rhythms. Participants will learn drills highlighting choreography, soloing, keeping time, and basic techniques for playing hand-percussion instruments associated with matsuri. Class sessions will also explore the history of taiko in North America.

Movement and Matsuri
Wednesdays, October 4 through November 15, 6:15 to 7:20 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $95.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Beginning Taiko class, Taiko 101 Workshop, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor
This class will focus on Midare Matsuri, Portland Taiko’s arrangement of traditional matsuri (festival) rhythms. Participants will learn drills highlighting choreography, soloing, keeping time, and basic techniques for playing hand-percussion instruments associated with matsuri. Class sessions will also explore the history of taiko in North America.

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, October 4 through November 15, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $100.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Intermediate Taiko class, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor
This class will delve deeper into the fundamentals of taiko performance. Students will strengthen skills, build on repertoire learned in previous classes, and concentrate on form, timing, and ensemble playing. Classes will offer techniques to improve soloing and improvisation, and encourage learning through peer teaching and review.

Youth Scholarship Program
Congratulations to our Youth Taiko Scholarship winners! Adiv G and Timber M will continue their taiko training in our fall classes with a scholarship covering all fees! Watch for future posts for our next round of scholarship opportunities!

All workshops and classes are held at the Oregon Buddhist Temple unless otherwise specified.  The OBT is located at 3720 SE 34th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97202. Sorry, we are unable to provide refunds for workshops or classes.