Taiko Lessons for Adults

Our Adult Taiko education programs can take you from “never played before” to apprenticeship.

Ask about Yakudo Gift Certificates – good towards Taiko Classes or Workshops yakudo@yakudo.com

The Masterclass Series

Yakudo is offering a special series of Masterclass Workshops at Yakudo Studio, every month starting in April.  These workshops will focus on different aspects of Taiko: technique, styles, playing in an ensemble, musicality and performance. The workshops will be taught by the senior and most experienced members of our team, whom are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and talent. These workshops are designed for all levels of taiko experience including no prior experience. Learning and playing taiko is fun and rewarding for everyone!
*Taiko Ramen Special!* add $5 to any workshop and receive a voucher for a Taiko Ramen at Niwatei Restaurant, located in J-Town above Yakudo Studio.  A hearty bowl of Niwatei ramen gives you the energy you need to play Taiko with Yakudo! (a $10 value!)


Khaled HanshaKhaled Iwamura, Instructor – Kodaiko Class, Founding Member – Board of Directors

  • Yakudo & Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers: 11 yrs
    • One of the founding members of Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers (2000) and Not-for-Profit Incorporation (2003)
    • Performer: 8 yrs
    • Marketing Director: 3 yrs
    • Composer

Masterclass Workshop 6: Odai
ko (Big Taiko)

Yes! That’s right you get to play the “BIG ONE”. A rare chance to try out our largest taiko. Focusing on proper stance and form for playing Odaiko style, where the taiko is on a high stand and you are face to face with the taiko.
Instructor: Khaled Iwamura

Sunday September 28, 2014 4:45 – 6:15 pm
$55 contact education@yakudo.com to register



akiko strapdrum tokinohenkaBW Akiko Date Creative Director, Classes & Cultural Program Director

  • Yakudo & Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers: 17 yrs
    • One of the founding members of Yakudo Traditional Japanese Drummers (2000) and Not-for-Profit Incorporation (2003)
    • Performer; 16 yrs
    • Director/Creative Director; 9 yrs
    • Producer/Director: 3 Concert Productions, 2 joint Concert Productions
    • Composer/Music Arrangements for commercial and corporate projects
    • Start-up of Yakudo Taiko Classes (2000), Yakudo’s Youth Membership Program (2010) and initiated the Kodaiko Class program for kids age 4 – 7 (2009).

Masterclass Workshop : Kumidaiko

One of the joys of playing taiko is to play in an ensemble. This workshop will focus on playing with others, forming a relationship through the taiko and creating wonderful music together.
Instructor: Akiko Date

Sunday October 26, 2014 4:45 – 6:15 pm
$55 contact education@yakudo.com to register


“If the whole wide world had a heartbeat, it would sound like Taiko!….(it’s) the most fun I’ve ever had hitting something with sticks.”
– Ed Leung

“…great teachers with such enthusiasm and energy; very obviously dedicated to the art of Taiko and to passing on the skill and traditions to the students. The class itself always went by far too quickly…it was so easy to get caught up with the drumming, and always fun.”
– Dr. Jane Toyota

“Thanks so much for the last ten Monday evenings and allowing me the opportunity to play your precious drums at the dojo. I found the experience humbling, invigorating and enlightening. You all teach with a wonderful, refreshing positive spirit.”
– Hugo von Levetzow

Email education@yakudo.com for more information and to register for the workshop and classes.

























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