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Taiko drumming combines music, communication and teamwork, with a touch of dance and martial arts, into a uniquely dynamic art form. Taiko drumming is fun and exciting to learn at any age. As our youngest students grow as taiko drummers, they enjoy the experience of learning rhythms, moving through space, and playing together, as well as picking up some Japanese language and culture. All classes have the opportunity to participate in our annual recital/concert in June.

 
 
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Summer Open Houses

We’re hosting four open houses for our Taiko Tots and Youth classes. Stop in with in your kids to experience the joy of Taiko drumming.

 

Taiko Tots Open House Dates
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wednesday July 24, 2019
Tuesday August 6, 2019
Monday August 19, 2019


Youth Taiko Open House Dates
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday July 24, 2019
Tuesday August 6, 2019
Monday August 19, 2019


 
 
 

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Taiko Tots

Age 3-5 • Beginner
Preschool and kindergarten students enjoy learning about working together as a group, counting, following directions, and taiko drumming through fun activities, songs and games. Students also learn a short performance piece to showcase at our annual recital in June.

Register now for September classes

 
 
 

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Taiko Youth

Age 6-12 • Beginner
Students learn the basics of taiko drumming through fun drills, games, as well as rehearsing an original composition to perform at our annual recital in June.

 
 
 

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Taiko youth 2

Age 8-12 • Intermediate
Students with some previous taiko drumming experience will be challenged to hone and improve their taiko playing. In addition to reinforcing foundational concepts and techniques, we will explore drum-specific skills, as well as learn a song with multiple parts and advanced rhythms to perform at our annual recital in June.

 
 
 
 
 
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+ How young can I start taiko classes?

Classes are available for students as young as 3 years old.

+ Are there any extra start-up costs?

Students are required to purchase their own pair of “bachi” (drum sticks). Bachi are available for purchase at the Taiko Center (typically $10).

+ Will I have any performance opportunities?

Every June, we produce a full recital and concert at a local theater. All students are encouraged to participate in this annual event.

+ Is participation in the recital/concert required?

Participation in the June recital/concert is optional, but participation is highly encouraged as it can be a beneficial and educational experience.

+ Do I need to commit to the whole year?

The curriculum of a typical class at the Taiko Center is set up as a continuous course of 34 classes. However, it is a month-to-month contract, and you may withdraw at anytime with 30 days’ notice.