• Interested in learning taiko?


    Please see our new website: www.otaiko.org for current information


    Intro Workshops

    Thinking of trying out Taiko but not ready to commit? Workshops on the first Sunday of each month are a “taster” of what our classes are like. Come learn the basic form and part of a song. Each workshop will teach a different song on a different drum, so both new and repeat attendees are welcome. First Sunday of every month, 2:30pm-4pm. Register on EventBrite. No walk-ins allowed. Age 12+.

    Beginner classes

    Beginner classes start on the first Wednesday of every month. Contact us to learn how to join a new class cycle. Please read this entire page about how to contact us, pricing and what to expect, then fill out the form below. Online registration (below) is always required. No walk-ins allowed.


    Experienced taiko players

    We'd love to hear from you! Please read the general information on this page, then fill out the form below, and let us know about your experience!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Kids classes

    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 info@etaiko.org) 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.

  • Class Fees

    We accept check, paypal, and cash. Classes are two hours long (kids: 50 minutes).

    Multi-class cards expire after three months of inactivity.

    10 classes $140

    kids $90, seniors $110


    Compared to single class price, that's a $4 discount per class off for adults, $9 discount for kids, $7 for seniors.

    5 classes $80

    kids $50, seniors $60


    Compared to single class price, that's $2 discount for adults, $8 discount for kids, $6 for seniors.

    All you can taiko $120

    Unlimited monthly pass to all classes (seniors $100).

    $18 single class

    A great value. Class fees cover expenses.

    Financial assistance available

    For information, email info@etaiko.org

  • What to expect

    Be prepared for active fun

    Class schedule

    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.

  • Yes I'm interested!

    Keep an eye out for our email response :-)

    If you don't see an email, check your spam or go ahead and email us at info@etaiko.org