Taiko Workshop and Classes
New students are invited to first enroll in our Taiko 101 workshop. Afterwards or simultaneously, students can enroll in a series of classes covering a variety of instruments, stances, techniques, and repertoire (Taiko Traditions, Movement and Matsuri, Naname Fundamentals, Odaiko and Shime, Power Taiko: Ha!). Click here for class descriptions. 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 email@example.com so we can determine the best class for you. We hope to drum with you soon!
Safety Protocols for In-Person Workshops and Classes
For in-person classes, Portland Taiko will limit enrollment to ensure safe distancing, open windows on two opposite walls, run three large-room air purifiers, and require masks, vaccinations, and booster shorts (if age-appropriate) for all participants. Portland Taiko performers, staff, and board members are all vaccinated. Drum pods will be set up prior to the class so students will not need to move any drums or stands. In addition, students will use only one pair of bachi/sticks (their personal sticks or a pair of Portland Taiko sticks on loan for their dedicated use during the session). Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available during each class.
Power Taiko: HA! [SOLD OUT]
Wednesdays, April 20 through June 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. [No class on April 27]
Tuition: $110.00 plus fees
This beginning-level taiko class will emphasize spirit and perseverance as students learn Portland Taiko’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. All members of Portland Taiko have been vaccinated and boosted and the class is limited to twelve participants to ensure safe distancing. For all participants, vaccinations, booster shots (if age-appropriate), and masks are required. Prerequisite: Taiko 101 workshop or equivalent.
Beyond Basics [SOLD OUT]
Wednesdays, April 20 through June 8, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. [No class on April 27]
Tuition: $125.00 plus fees (in-person) or $75.00 plus fees (online)
This seven-week session of “Beyond Basics” for advanced taiko students will provide a broad overview of basic playing on beta and naname stands along with the specialized techniques for the odaiko, shime, and narimono (hand-held percussion). Students will review past repertoire with a focus on Ondekoza’s Utsu-Hachijo and Portland Taiko’s HA! All members of Portland Taiko have been vaccinated and boosted and the class is limited to twelve participants to ensure safe distancing. Online participation is available. For all in-person participants, vaccinations, boosters, and masks are required. Prerequisite: Four beginning-level classes and permission from instructor.
All workshops and classes are held in-person at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (3720 SE 34th Avenue) or online, unless otherwise specified. Sorry, we are unable to provide refunds for workshops or classes.