Class schedule
New students are invited to first enroll in our Taiko 101 workshop. Afterwards or simultaneously, 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 or any questions, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org so we can determine the most appropriate class for you. We hope to get you drumming soon!

Update
Due to COVID-19, Portland Taiko has transformed its in-person taiko classes to online class sessions! Our next class session is scheduled for the fall 2020 and information will be posted later this summer. Updates on our Taiko 101 workshops will also be posted soon. In the meantime, we are pleased to present two guest taiko artists for online taiko workshops via Zoom, facilitated by Portland Taiko. We are very excited about these workshops, especially since the content is fantastic and the equipment needed is minimal–just your body for ManMan’s workshop and a fun assortment of things for Kris’s. We hope to see you there!

Online Taiko Workshop with Yeeman “ManMan” Mui (“Body Bayashi”)
Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Zoom platform
Cost: $15.00 plus registration fee
Prerequisite: Open to all.
Portland Taiko is pleased to present an online taiko workshop with guest artist Yeeman “ManMan” Mui from Los Angeles. ManMan will teach traditional taiko rhythms using her unique approach to body percussion. The online workshop will last for 75 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for Q/A and socializing. Participants will receive a Zoom link via email upon registering. See registration link for full workshop description.

Online Taiko Workshop with Kris Bergstrom (“Small Drum: Tick, Ting, Ten”)
Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Zoom platform
Cost: $15.00 plus registration fee
Prerequisite: Open to all.
Portland Taiko is pleased to present an online taiko workshop with guest artist Kris Bergstrom from Los Angeles. Kris will present small-drum and shime rudiments, covering grip, strike, drills, and compositional techniques. The online workshop will last for 75 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for Q/A and socializing. Participants will receive a Zoom link via email upon registering. See registration link for full workshop description.

 

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.