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 four classes covering a variety of instruments, stances, techniques, and repertoire (Movement and Matsuri, Naname Fundamentals, Odaiko and Shime, and Power Taiko: Ha!).

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 Workshop
Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: Pay What You Will
Class via Zoom. You don’t need a big taiko drum at home to take this online workshop. You can set up a pillow or cushion on a folding chair and use drumsticks or two grocery-bags. Watch the video here, starting at 1:40. Register here.

Movement and Matsuri
Wednesdays, January 20 through March 10, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Fee: $100.00
Registration via Eventbrite, Class via Zoom.
This beginning-level class will focus on two examples of festival drumming: the flowing choreography and precise timing of Midare Matsuri and the interlocking rhythms of Shishimai, the traditional Japanese lion dance. Class sessions will also include small handheld percussion (on common household items), soloing, and new video tutorials. Prerequisite: Taiko 101 workshop. Register here.

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, January 20 through March 10, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $125.00
Registration via Eventbrite, Class via Zoom.
This online session of “Beyond Basics” for advanced taiko students will focus on naname-style drumming. In this class, we will replicate the angled stand with a chair and pillow or cushion. Students will work on the flowing choreography of Midare Matsuri, the power and grace of Hachijo, and the interlocking rhythms of Shishimai, the traditional Japanese lion dance. Prerequisite: Four beginning-level classes and permission from instructor. Register here.

 

All workshops and classes are held online unless otherwise specified. Sorry, we are unable to provide refunds for workshops or classes.