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, please contact us so we can determine the most appropriate class for you. We hope to get you drumming soon!

Taiko 101
Thursday, February 1, 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.

Introduction to Odaiko and Shime
Wednesdays, February 7 through March 21, 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.
The odaiko (big drum) and shime (small rope-tied drum) are the heartbeat and backbone of a taiko ensemble. In addition to learning the basics of playing these drums, participants will be able to develop their taiko skills with exercises in improvisation, soloing, and stick technique. Class sessions will also include discussion of taiko in Japan and the origins of kumidaiko (group drumming).

Introduction to Odaiko and Shime
Wednesdays, February 7 through March 21, 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.
The odaiko (big drum) and shime (small rope-tied drum) are the heartbeat and backbone of a taiko ensemble. In addition to learning the basics of playing these drums, participants will be able to develop their taiko skills with exercises in improvisation, soloing, and stick technique. Class sessions will also include discussion of taiko in Japan and the origins of kumidaiko (group drumming).

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, February 7 through March 21, 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.