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!

Taiko 101
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $30.00 plus registration fees
No experience necessary. Suggested age: 8—88.
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. Additional workshop added due to demand. SOLD OUT, but join the waitlist here!

Taiko 101 
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $30.00 plus registration fees
No experience necessary. Suggested age: 8—88.
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. SOLD OUT, but join the waitlist here.

Movement and Matsuri
Wednesdays, January 29 through March 11, 6:00 to 7:20 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $110.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Portland Taiko class, Taiko 101 Workshop, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor.
This class will focus on Midare Matsuri, Portland Taiko’s take on traditional matsuri (festival) rhythms. Participants will learn drills highlighting choreography, soloing, and keeping time, as well as basic techniques for playing small hand percussion typically played for matsuri. Class sessions will also explore the history of taiko in North America. SOLD OUT, but join the waitlist here.

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, January 29 through March 11, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3720 SE 34th Avenue
Cost: $110.00 plus registration fees
Prerequisite: Prior Beyond Basics class, or equivalent experience in consultation with our instructor.
This class will delve deeper into the fundamentals of taiko performance. Students will strengthen skills, build on repertoire learned in previous classes, and concentrate on form, timing, and ensemble playing. Classes will offer techniques to improve soloing and improvisation, and encourage learning through peer teaching and review. Register here!

Youth Scholarship Program
Congratulations to our two scholarship recipients, Aili and Noah!

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.