Beginner Workshops

Interested in learning how to play taiko? Join us for a beginner workshop!

Workshop Information

Note: Our next beginner workshop for students without taiko experience will be scheduled in late summer or early fall 2018. 

In May 2018, we are offering a continuing class for the students from our March-April beginner session and any returning taiko students who want to continue learning taiko with us!

The May 2018 class is open to people who’ve attended another Pittsburgh Taiko beginner class or have other prior taiko experience. If you have questions about the entrance requirements, please contact us at for more details!

Class dates and times:

Spring 2018 Schedule for Returning Students –
2:00-3:30 PM each week

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Saturday, May 19 2018
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018

Classes will be held at Winchester Thurston School City Campus, in the Lower School building – 555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

About the Workshop

Over the course of the workshop, you will learn basic movements and techniques used to play taiko.

Each week, we will do some calisthenics and drills, work on improving skills, and learn some simple taiko repertoire.

Drumsticks will be provided, as will earplugs (although you’re welcome to bring your own if you have some).

This class is designed for adults and students in high school or older.


Registration for the four-week course is $40 for community members, $25 for students (9th grade and up), and $20 for JASP members.

Click here to register.

Things to Know

    • As taiko are loud, and we’ll be in an enclosed space, we highly recommend wearing earplugs (but don’t worry if you don’t have any – we’ll have some disposable/reusable ones available for you).
    • Playing taiko is a physical activity, so please wear something comfortable in which you can easily move around, and in which you don’t mind sweating.
    • We suggest bringing a water bottle (you can fill it up in the building).
    • Please note that street shoes are not used in the practice space. You can go barefoot, but because the floor is slippery you might want to bring a second pair of clean shoes, or yoga socks (with grip). As close to barefoot as possible is best!
    • Please enter the Winchester Thurston from the main driveway on Morewood – we’ll have someone there to greet you and instruct you on how to get to our practice space. (The lower school is the building between Ellsworth and Bayard St.)

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at pitt.taiko [a]

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

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