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 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!

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, run three large-room air purifiers, and require masks, vaccinations, and booster shorts (if age-appropriate) for all participants. Portland Taiko performers, staff, and board members are all vaccinated. Drum pods will be set up prior to the class so students will not need to move any drums or stands. In addition, students will use only one pair of bachi/sticks (their personal sticks or a pair of Portland Taiko sticks on loan for their dedicated use during the session). Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available during each class. 

 

Taiko 101 Workshop [SOLD OUT but click here for the waiting list]
Wednesdays, September 21, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuition: $35.00 plus fees
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. For all participants, vaccinations, booster shots (if age-appropriate), and masks are required. 

Movement and Matsuri [In-Person SOLD OUT but online still available]
Wednesdays, September 28 through November 16, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Tuition: $125.00 plus fees (in-person), $80.00 plus fees (online)
This beginning-level taiko 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. Prerequisite: Taiko 101, one session of PT classes, or equivalent experience. If you have questions, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org or (503) 288-2456.

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, September 28 through November 16, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Tuition: $140.00 plus fees (in-person) or $80.00 plus fees (online)
This eight-week session of “Beyond Basics” for advanced taiko students will provide a broad overview of basic hitting techniques, grip, and stances on both beta and naname stands. Prerequisite: Four beginning-level classes or permission from instructor. If you have questions, please contact us at classes@portlandtaiko.org or (503) 288-2456.

 

All workshops and classes are held in-person at the Oregon Buddhist Temple (3720 SE 34th Avenue) or online, unless otherwise specified. Sorry, we are unable to provide refunds for workshops or classes.