Photo credit: Michael Gale, April 2017 at Morris Arboretum

Photo credit: Michael Gale, April 2017 at Morris Arboretum

“Doro Kara Don Don Don”:  If you can say it, you can play it!


Come try playing taiko with our ongoing Beginner Taiko Drumming Classes. You can begin in any session and renew per session. Classes are held once a week for 4 weeks.


2019 Beginner Taiko Session 4

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
July 11, 18, 25 & August 1 (no class July 4)
Therese Stephen, Instructor

This session will focus on the “naname” style of drumming. With the naname style the drum is set at a slant, which opens up opportunities for beautiful choreography. We will teach you everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks, and striking technique and styles, in addition to teaching you about the history and traditions of taiko.

Classes are open to adults of all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It’s a good workout, so you may want to bring a bottle of water too.

LOCATION: Classes take place at our dojo in the Defensive Arts Center, located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131. Entrance to the complex is across W Country Club Rd.

COST: Instructional Fee – $60 for each 4-week session

REGISTRATION: Please register for the class at this page: Beginner Taiko Class Registration


Session 5 – Beta: August 8, 15, 22, 29
Session 6 – Odaiko: September 5, 12, 19 and 26
Session 7 – Shime: October 3, 10, 17, 24 (no class October 31st)
Session 8 – Naname: November 7, 14, 21, and December 5

To sign up for future classes, please click on “Other dates…” in the registration page above.

For more information on classes, please contact KyoDaiko at
For registration assistance, please contact Shofuso staff at

Playing taiko is a lot of fun and is also a great workout, we hope you’ll join us soon!