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). 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 101
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 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!

Taiko 101 (SOLD OUT!)
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 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! (SOLD OUT!)

Power Taiko: HA!
Wednesdays, April 25 through June 6, 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 high-energy class will emphasize spirit and perseverance as students learn PT’s signature piece, HA! Students will learn how kata (form), kiai (voice), and koshi (using your core), create a full body experience that will generate a good sound, high energy, and group cohesion. Class sessions will also include discussion of Japanese American history. Register here!

Power Taiko: HA!
Wednesdays, April 25 through June 6, 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 high-energy class will emphasize spirit and perseverance as students learn PT’s signature piece, HA! Students will learn how kata (form), kiai (voice), and koshi (using your core), create a full body experience that will generate a good sound, high energy, and group cohesion. Class sessions will also include discussion of Japanese American history. Register here!

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, April 25 through June 6, 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!

Youth Scholarship Program
Congratulations to our Youth Taiko Scholarship winners! Adiv G and Timber M will continue their taiko training in our 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.