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.
After completion of 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 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
Starting in the fall 2021, Portland Taiko will offer its classes both in-person indoors and online. 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, require masks, and strongly recommend 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.
Students enrolled as online participants will log-in via Zoom and participate in real time with the in-person class. Online students will not get the same amount of individual attention as the in-person students, but will participate in all other aspects of the class (warm-ups, drills, repertoire practice, etc.). All students will have access to the class videos and extra resource videos.
Taiko 101 Workshop
Wednesday, September 22, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuition: $30.00 plus fees
Learn the basics of taiko (rhythms, stances, and hitting techniques) in this fun-filled and accessible Taiko 101 Workshop, held outdoors at the Oregon Buddhist Temple parking lot. 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. Prerequisite: Taiko 101 workshop. Register here.
Beginning Class: Naname Fundamentals
Wednesdays, September 29 through November 17, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Tuition: $115.00 plus fees (in-person) or $70.00 plus fees (online)
This class will focus on the unique naname (angle-stand) style of taiko drumming while reviewing and learning Renshu Daiko, Midare Matsuri, and Utsu-Hachijo. Students can choose between in-person class sessions held at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (limited to 12) or live broadcast via Zoom. All students will have access to class videos and additional resource videos. Prerequisite: Taiko 101 workshop. Register here.
Advanced Class: Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, September 29 through November 17, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuition: $125.00 plus fees (in-person) or $75.00 plus fees (online)
This eight-week session of “Beyond Basics” for advanced taiko students will provide a broad overview of basic hitting techniques, grip, and stances on both beta and naname stands. Students will learn and 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! Prerequisite: Four beginning-level classes and permission from instructor. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.