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Taiko Classes and Workshops

New students are invited to first enroll in our Taiko 101 workshop. Afterward 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 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 shots for all participants. Portland Taiko performers, staff, and board members are all vaccinated. Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes will be available during each class.

If you’re not feeling well or if you’ve had a recent close exposure please stay home. If you’ve been ill recently, please test negative on a rapid antigen test before returning. 

Taiko 101 Workshops 
Spring 2023 Dates Coming Soon
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Tuition: $40 + Eventbrite 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. 

Naname Fundamentals
Wednesdays Feb 1—Mar 22 2023 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Tuition: $165.00 + Eventbrite fees
This beginning-level taiko class will focus on the unique naname (angle-stand) style of taiko. Students will learn/review the practice piece Renshu DaikoPrerequisite: Taiko 101, one session of PT classes, or equivalent experience. If you have questions, please contact us at or (503) 288-2456.

Beyond Basics
Wednesdays, Feb 1—Mar 22 2023 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Tuition: $165.00 plus fees (in-person) or $100.00 plus fees (online)
Experienced taiko students will have an opportunity to dig deeper into form, timing, ensemble playing, and soloing, through various drills and song focus. Prerequisite: four beginning-level classes and permission from the instructor. If you have previous taiko experience, please contact us for class placement.

If you have questions, please contact us at 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.