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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and vaccinations 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.
Taiko 101 Workshop
Wednesday, January 19, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuition: $35.00 plus fees
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. No experience necessary. Adults and kids at least 12 years old. All members of Portland Taiko have been vaccinated and the workshop is limited to twelve participants to ensure safe distancing. For all participants, vaccinations and masks are required. Register here!
Beginning Class: Introduction to Odaiko and Shime [SOLD OUT]
Wednesdays, January 26 through March 9, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tuition: $110.00 plus fees
The odaiko (big drum) and shime (small rope-tied drum) are the heartbeat and backbone of a taiko ensemble. Students will learn the unique stances, grips, and techniques when playing these drums. Exercises in stick control, timing, odaiko soloing, and solo accompaniment will be introduced. All members of Portland Taiko have been vaccinated and the class is limited to twelve participants to ensure safe distancing. For all participants, vaccinations and masks are required. Prerequisite: Taiko 101 workshop or equivalent.
Advanced Class: Beyond Basics [IN-PERSON SOLD OUT]
Wednesdays, January 26 through March 9, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
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 a core repertoire of five pieces: Osuwa Daiko’s Hiryu Sandan Gaeshi and Isami Goma, Ondekoza’s Utsu-Hachijo, and Portland Taiko’s Midare Matsuri and HA! All members of Portland Taiko have been vaccinated and the class is limited to twelve participants to ensure safe distancing. For all participants, vaccinations and masks are required. Prerequisite: Four beginning-level classes and permission from instructor. Register here for online participation!
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.