Beginner Classes

A few times a year, we hold a four-week series of beginner classes. Keep an eye on this space for upcoming classes!

Registration for our winter 2023 session is open!

Classes will be from 10:00 to 11:30am on these Sunday mornings:

February 12, 2023
February 19, 2023
February 26, 2023
March 5, 2023

2 North Balph St., Bellevue (15202), second floor*

Ready to sign up?

Register at the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania website.

What happens at beginner sessions?

Each lesson will include:

  • Calisthenics and other exercises to get your body ready to play
  • Lessons on how to stand and how to hit
  • Drills to learn and improve your taiko skills
  • Learning some simple taiko repertoire


What should I wear/bring?

Please wear comfortable clothing. Be prepared to remove your shoes to enter the studio – we practice barefoot or in clean/indoor-only shoes. Grippy yoga socks or slipper socks with grip are fine too.

A bottle of water is nice to have. You should wear earplugs in the studio; we have disposable reusable ones available.

We provide drums and drumsticks (bachi).


What are your COVID safety protocols?

When you register for class, you must agree to follow our COVID-19 safety guidelines. These include: 

  • Everyone must wear a mask while in the building, including during class
  • Don’t attend if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19
  • If you contract COVID-19, do not return to class until your home tests are negative

More details: COVID-19 Safety 

The good news: 

  • Our studio has an air filter and we can open the studio windows if the weather allows
  • We can offer a remote Zoom connection to class or a recording of the session if you notify us that you'll be absent


Can children join?

These classes are designed for adults; older kids (13+) are welcome with a parent or guardian.

Is the studio wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, our practice building does not have an elevator. You must be able to climb stairs to access the studio.

Beginner Classes | Pittsburgh Taiko