Newcomers start each month!
We recommend the Intro Workshop for a taster of what our classes are like. Read more and register on Eventbrite.
Beginner class is a 4-month curriculum teaching multiple styles and songs. After completing the course, you can join our performances and additional class times are available. Our location is in downtown Oakland. Classes are weekly and ongoing, and students are expected to attend on all Wednesdays. Please read all the information on this page then use the form below to express your interest. We cannot accept walk-ins.
Expanded class offerings
After completing the Beginner class series, you have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in order to participate in Beginner 2 and/or Intermediate classes, and to learn additional songs and skills. All classes are at our dojo in downtown Oakland. Members use online communication channels to stay connected with curriculum, activities, and performances.
Open to 8 and up
Kids classes (age 8 and above) are 9-9:50 AM on Saturdays. Please read all the information on this page then use the form below (or email us directly at email@example.com) to inquire and register your child. Our dojo began in 1998 as a project to teach taiko to kids in the East Bay, and we are thrilled to continue this quarter-century tradition.
What to expect
Be prepared for active fun
Once you've attended beginner classes, we'll share info on additional class opportunities. Beginners play alongside more experienced students and teachers - it's a supportive group activity. Note, after your first class, you will need to purchase bachi (drumsticks) which we sell at cost for $20.
What to wear
Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing in which you can fully move. Loose jewelry (rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc.) should be removed before class.
Once we begin warmups, class is in "dojo mode". We'll teach you our dojo etiquette that makes class effective and still fun.
Taiko is taught in the tradition of martial arts. The essence of Taiko is not only looked upon as the skillful playing of percussion instruments, but as the discipline of mind and body in the spirit of complete respect and unity among the drummers. Taiko players are more than just fellow drummers. We are family. We help each other.
How to learn and practice
Our instructors will tell you what to practice. After class, we will invite you to join our member communication channels for receiving study materials and announcements.
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