Photo credit: Maya Laincz, 40th St. Summer Series, September 2015

Photo credit: Maya Laincz, 40th St. Summer Series, September 2015

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


2019 Beginner Taiko Session 7

Try taiko with our ongoing Beginner Taiko Drumming classes. Each class session runs for 4 weeks.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
October 3, 10, 17, 24 (no class the 31st)
Therese Stephen, Instructor

This session will focus on the “shime” style of drumming. The small shime drum plays an important role as the timekeeper in a taiko ensemble, keeping the base beat or what we call the “ji.” You will learn the basic ji rhythms in this class session. 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 8 – Naname: November 7, 14, 21, and December 5 (no class the 28th)

There will be no session in December.

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

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