Public 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.

  • Sunday, August 20 -- 10:00AM-1:00PM

  • Saturday, September 23 -- 10:00AM-1:00PM

  • Saturday, November 18 -- 1:00-4:00PM

Adult workshops are $50 per participant plus processing fees.  Enrolment is limited to 15 participants.

OYAKO WORKSHOPS (Parent and Child)

The OYAKO Workshop is geared towards 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 27 -- 9:00AM-12:00PM 

  • Saturday, June 24 -- 9:00AM-12:00PM

 The June workshop has sold out. Email meg(at)taiko(dot)org to put your name on the waiting list.

$120 = 1 parent + 1 child. $180 = 1 parent + 2 children. Fees include snacks and craft supplies. 

If you would like to register 2 parents + 1 child, please choose the "1 parent + 2 children" option when registering.

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 Youth Recreational Classes 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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