Junior Taiko

The San Jose Junior Taiko program began in 1985 and is the oldest continually running children's taiko program in the country. Serving students from ages 8 to 18, the program consists of classes taught by members of San Jose Taiko's professional company who provide young players not only with instruction in taiko but also with opportunities for building creative expression, self-esteem, cultural awareness, and group cooperation. 

Early Beginnings

In 1985, San Jose Taiko began its very first Junior Taiko class. At the time, the program lasted 3 months and had 13 students who learned taiko twice a week. At the end of the session, these students performed the first song that is still taught today, Renshu, a practice piece utilizing basic taiko rhythms.

Junior Taiko Today

The Junior Taiko program has grown to over 70 students learning in 6 different class levels. Classes are held September through May, and the season ends with a program-wide recital.

With the increasing number of collegiate taiko groups, San Jose Junior Taiko becomes fertile ground for skill development and relationship building within the taiko community. Junior Taiko alumni have gone on to play in collegiate taiko groups at Stanford, UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, USC, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, and in professional groups such as Portland Taiko, TaikoProject, and San Jose Taiko.

Registration for 2017/18 is closed. Enrollment is still open for the Youth Recreational Class (ages 8-14) and the Adult Recreational Class (ages 15+). 

These classes are not affiliated with the Junior Taiko Program.


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