Learn how to play Japanese taiko drums with our Beginner Taiko Classes! Classes are open to adults of
all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. We will teach you
everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks, striking technique, and the history and
traditions of taiko. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.
Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It is a good workout, so you may want to
bring a bottle of water too.
The fee is $60 per four week session. Classes are 90 minutes, once a week on Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Students can begin in any session and will renew per session.
Please note: Classes take place at the Defensive Arts Center located within the Greenbriar Club
Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131
Each session focuses on one of four styles of taiko: beta, odaiko, shime or naname. New students can
start with any style. In beta style, the drumhead faces up to the drummer (is parallel to the ground). With the dramatic odaiko style, the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drumhead perpendicular to the ground. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat or what we call the “ji.” In the shime session you will learn the basic “ji” patterns. With naname style, the drum is set at a slant, which opens up lots of opportunity for beautiful choreography. The full schedule with list of styles is below.
2019 Beginner Taiko Sessions:
Session 5 – Beta: August 8, 15, 22, 29
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Session 6 – Odaiko: September 5, 12, 19 & 26
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Session 7 – Shime: October 3, 10, 17, 24 (no class October 31st)
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Session 8 – Naname: November 7, 14, 21, and December 5
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