Public Workshops & Oyako Workshops

You’ve seen San Jose Taiko play – now it’s your turn! Join fellow taiko enthusiasts in learning the basics of SJT’s style in a fun and engaging three-hour workshop.  

All dates and times are subject to change.


A brief history of taiko is presented, and participants learn a song based on fundamental stance, rhythms, and technique. No taiko experience is necessary, but participants must be at least 15 years old and capable of fairly rigorous physical activity.

  • Saturday, May 2 -- 1:00-4:00PM

  • Sunday, June 21 -- 10:00AM-1:00PM

  • Sunday, August 23 -- 10:00AM-1:00PM

  • Saturday, October 10 -- 10:00AM-1:00PM

  • Sunday, November 15 -- 1:00-4:00PM

Workshops are $50 per participant plus processing fees. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.

OYAKO (parent/child) WORKSHOPS 

The Oyako workshop is geared toward students aged 7-13 and their parents/guardians. Parent and child will work together to learn the basics of SJT-style taiko playing. 

  • Saturday, May 30 -- 9:00AM-12:00PM

  • Saturday, August 1 -- 9:00AM-12:00PM

Fee: $100 = 1 parent + 1 student; $150 = 2 parents + 1 student OR 1 parent + 2 students. Does not include online processing fees. 

Preregistration is required for all workshops.  All SJT workshops are closed events; only paid participants will be allowed in the studio.  


Join our e-newsletter list to be among the first to find out when a workshop date is announced. For other youth programs, check out our Junior Taiko and Summer Taiko at Stanford pages.

What people are saying about our workshops:

"San Jose Taiko's public workshops are an incredible experience. They give you an invigorating workout for mind, body, and spirit... I've attended two workshops and can't wait for my third."

"Through a relaxed and fun atmosphere, the workshops introduce you to music-making, mind-body connection, and respect for the art. San Jose Taiko's instructors and performers are masters of the art, patient and encouraging."

"It was so fun to hear them play and to listen to their descriptions of the history and philosophy of taiko. When it came time for our turn, the entire class was mesmerized by the feeling of playing the big drums. I couldn't believe we could make music together after only 3 hours!"


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