• Beginner classes are back!

    Interested in learning and playing taiko with us? Email info@etaiko.org !

    Beginner classes available!

    Members: see our Slack channels for class info.

  • New Beginner classes

    Oakland Asian Cultural Center

    Classes are at OACC in Oakland [map]. Classes are two hours long 7-9 PM Tuesdays and 10am-noon on most Saturdays. Email us at info@etaiko.org to express your interest. NOTE: we cannot accept walk-ins.



    We have resumed classes for existing members. All classes are at OACC. Use our Slack channels (or contact other members) for details.

    Kids classes

    Open to 12 and up

    Kids (age 12 and above) are welcome to join beginner classes. Email us at info@etaiko.org for more information.

  • Class Fees

    Cash and check only. Classes are two hours long.

    10 class and 5 class cards expire after three months of inactivity.

    10 classes $140

    kids $90, seniors $110

    5 classes $80

    kids $50, seniors $60

    All you can taiko $120

    unlimited 1 month (seniors $100)

    $18 single class

    Financial assistance available

  • What to expect

    Be prepared for active fun

    Class schedule

    New students may attend Tuesday or Saturday class. Once you've attended a first beginner class, we'll share info on additional class opportunities. The more often you attend, the faster you'll learn and the more fun you'll have! Beginners play alongside more experienced students and teachers - it's a supportive group activity.

    What to wear

    As of June 2022, masks are still required. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. All jewelry (rings, watches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces etc.) should be removed before class. This is an active class - dress for martial arts.

    Getting there

    Arrive on-time to register and get instructions. Payment is cash or check only.


    OACC: 388 9th St #290. The OACC entrance is on the second floor, on the north side of the courtyard. Convenient to BART, and parking in the basement. [map] Look for Emeryville Taiko sign inside or outside the OACC lobby to guide you to the classroom. As of latest updates, parking is $3 in evenings and $7 on Saturday.

    Class structure

    Most of our classes have the same structure:

    • Students arrive and sign in
    • Drums are setup
    • Warmup exercises
    • Drills and group instruction by sensei
    • Breakout sessions
    • Group reconvenes for mini-performance
    • Drums put away
    • Line up for closing


    Once we begin warmups, class is in "dojo mode". We'll teach you our dojo etiquette that makes class effective and still fun. For instance:

    • Once class starts, use your eyes and ears to follow along, listen to instructions
    • Drums are handled with care. Don't touch the drumhead with your hands

    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. They are sisters and brothers. We are family. We help each other.

    How to learn and practice

    Sensei and assistant teachers will tell you what to practice. Give us your email again when you signup at class so we can invite you to our Slack channels to receive study materials, reminders and announcements.

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    We are now accepting donations from current students for online classes. All donations are tax deductible.