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!

Get notified about our next class

Use the form below to be added to our class interest list. We'll contact you as soon as a new class is scheduled.

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 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