several sets of taiko drumsticks bachi

Taiko Classes and Workshops

New students are invited to start with a Taiko 101 workshop. Afterward 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 classes@portlandtaiko.org so we can determine the best class for you. We hope to drum with you soon!

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Taiko Workshop for the AAPI Community

Monday April 3 & Monday April 10 from 7pm—9p
This two class series is open to all individuals ages 12 or older who identify as AAPI (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders). No experience is necessary, but you must register in advance. [SOLD OUT]  Join the Waitlist

Kenny Endo Taiko Workshop [SOLD OUT] 

Monday April 17, 2023 from 7:00—9:00pm
Join the Waitlist

Taiko 101 Workshops

Wednesday April 5th from 7:00—9:00pm
Tuition: $40 + Eventbrite fees
Learn the basics of taiko (rhythms, stances, and hitting techniques) in this fun-filled and accessible 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. Open to adults and kids 12 and older. [SOLD OUT] Join the Waitlist

Introduction to Odaiko & Shime: Beginner Taiko Class

Wednesdays April 19th-June 7th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Tuition: $165 + Eventbrite fees

The odaiko (big drum) and shime (small rope-tied drum) are the heartbeat and backbone of a taiko ensemble. Students will develop their taiko skills and learn the basics of playing the odaiko and shime through drills, exercises in stick control, improvisation and soloing, and application with existing class repertoire.

Prerequisite: Taiko 101, one session of Portland Taiko classes, or equivalent experience. If you have questions, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org or (503) 288-2456. >>> Register here

Beyond Basics: Intemediate/Advanced Taiko Class

Wednesdays April 19th-June 7th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Tuition: $165.00 plus fees (in-person) or $100.00 plus fees (online)

Experienced taiko students will have an opportunity to dig deeper into form, timing, ensemble playing, and soloing, through various drills and song focus.

Prerequisite: four beginning-level classes and permission from the instructor. If you are not a current Beyond Basics student and have previous taiko experience, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org before registering. >>> Register here

>>> Important Info for All Classes and Workshops 

  • All workshops and classes are held in person at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (3720 SE 34th Avenue) or online, unless otherwise specified.
  • For all participants, vaccinations, booster shots (if age-appropriate), and masks are required. 
  • Sorry, we are unable to provide refunds for workshops or classes.

For questions, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org or (503) 288-2456.

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, and run three large-room air purifiers. Masks, vaccinations and booster shots are required for all participants. Portland Taiko performers, staff, and board members are all vaccinated. Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available during each class.

If you’re not feeling well or if you’ve had a recent close exposure please stay home. If you’ve been ill recently, please test negative on a rapid antigen test before returning.