“Do Ro Ka Ra Don Don Don”:  If you can say it, you can play it!


We’re holding a 2-hour beginner workshop as part of Philadephia’s Cherry Blossom Festival! (Regular monthly class information follows below)

April 22, Sunday – 4:00 to 6:00 pm:

Taiko Taster – Beginner Workshop –This 2-hour beginner taiko drumming workshop is a great way to learn about taiko and try the BIG DRUMS yourself. No experience required. This workshop is open to adults and children ages 12 and up. Cost is just $25. Defensive Arts Center at 3901 Conshohocken Ave., Phila. 19131 (on the grounds of the Greenbriar Apartment complex).

Regular monthly taiko classes:

Come try playing taiko with our ongoing Beginner Taiko Drumming Classes.  You can begin in any session and renew per session.  Classes run in 4-week sessions.


2018 Beginner Taiko Session 4

Thursdays, 6:00-7:30pm
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Paul Butler, Instructor

This session will focus on the “shime” style of drumming. The small shime drum is the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat or what we call the “ji”. This is a key part of taiko drumming and you will learn the main basic “ji” patterns. 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 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: $60 for the 4-week session

REGISTRATION: Please register by clicking on “Tickets” at this page: Beginner Class Registration



Session 4 – Shime Style:           April 5, 12, 19, 26
Session 5 – Naname Style:       May 3, 10, 24, 31 (no class on the 17th)
Session 6 – Beta Style:             June 7, 14, 21, & 28
Session 7 – Odaiko Style:         July 5, 12, 19 & 26
Session 8 – Shime Style:           August 2, 16, 23 & 30 (no class on the 9th)
Session 9 – Naname Style:       September 6, 13, 20 & 27
Session 10 – Beta Style:           October 4, 11, 18 & 25
Session 11 – Odaiko Style:        November 1, 8, 15 & 29 (no class on 22nd)
Session 12 – Shime Style:         December 6, 13, 20 & 27

Reserve your spot on future sessions by clicking on “Events” and selecting “taiko” under Categories or Tags in the registration link above.

For more information on classes, please contact Kyo Daiko at kyodaikogigs@gmail.com
For registration assistance, please contact Shofuso staff at info@japanphilly.org

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