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!

Introduction to Odaiko and Shime

Wednesdays, April 22 through June 3, 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.
PT’s instructor will teach the “Introduction to Odaiko and Shime” class with a foundation in basic strikes, focus on hits, ji (ongoing pulse), grips, stances (beta, shime, odaiko), and drills based in and extending from “Renshu.” While the class was originally developed for extensive odaiko work, we will instead focus on drumming on a horizontal surface, which is easier to replicate at home. Students will receive prerecorded videos through a Youtube link and will meet in small groups via the online meeting platform Zoom on Wednesday evenings.

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, April 22 through June 3, 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.
PT’s instructor will teach the Beyond Basics class with a focus on drills, sticking exercises, and skill development. Students will receive prerecorded videos through a Youtube link and will meet in small groups via the online meeting platform Zoom on Wednesday evenings.

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.