Class schedule
New students should 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). Note: new students can enroll in Taiko 101 and one of our four classes at the same time.

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 or any questions, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org so we can determine the most appropriate class for you. We hope to get you drumming soon!

Taiko Tune-Up
Wednesdays, August 8 through August 29, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $50.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: One session of PT classes, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor.
Tune up your taiko skills! In this mixed-level class, you’ll develop fundamental skills, practice new and familiar drills, and express your individual creativity.  Register here!

Taiko 101 
Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $30.00 plus registration fees
No experience necessary. Suggested age: 8—88.
Big drums and enthusiastic drummers! 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. Register here starting August 1!

Naname Fundamentals
Wednesdays, September 26 through November 14 (no class on Oct 17), 5:00 to 6:05 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $95.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Portland Taiko class, Taiko 101 Workshop, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor.
This class will focus on naname (slant-stand) stance, form, and hits, while also touching on the basics of soloing. Students will review Renshu Daiko, a “practice” piece that includes all the basic ways of hitting the drum, and learn how to keep time. Class sessions will also provide an overview of Portland Taiko’s history. Prerequisite: Taiko 101/one session of PT classes, or equivalent.  Register here starting August 1!

Naname Fundamentals
Wednesdays, September 26 through November 14 (no class on Oct 17), 6:15 to 7:20 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $95.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Portland Taiko class, Taiko 101 Workshop, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor.
This class will focus on naname (slant-stand) stance, form, and hits, while also touching on the basics of soloing. Students will review Renshu Daiko, a “practice” piece that includes all the basic ways of hitting the drum, and learn how to keep time. Class sessions will also provide an overview of Portland Taiko’s history. Prerequisite: Taiko 101/one session of PT classes, or equivalent.  Register here starting August 1!

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, September 26 through November 14 (no class on Oct 17), 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $100.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Beyond Basics 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. Register here starting August 1!

Youth Scholarship Program
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.