San Jose Junior Taiko

The San Jose Junior Taiko program began in 1985 and is the oldest continually running children's taiko program in the country. Serving students from 2nd through 12th grades, the program consists of classes taught by members of San Jose Taiko's professional company who provide young players not only with instruction in taiko but also with opportunities for building creative expression, self-esteem, cultural awareness, and group cooperation. Since its humble beginnings, the Junior Taiko program has grown to over 60 students learning in 5 progressive class levels.

Admission to the Junior Taiko Program is by audition only. Students interested in the Junior Taiko Program must take the 4-week AUDITION CLASS held in August. Students will learn taiko fundamentals based on SJT's Four Principles, and those who show the required skill, maturity, and enthusiasm will be selected to join the Junior Taiko Program in September. Students invited to the Junior Taiko Program will join the beginning-level class on Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm. Junior Taiko classes are held September-May.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2019/20 JUNIOR TAIKO SEASON

Please see this website in January 2020 for information about the 2020/21 Junior Taiko Program.

If your child would like to take a taiko class in the meantime,

they can sign up for the YOUTH RECREATIONAL CLASS (ages 8-14)

or the ADULT RECREATIONAL CLASS (ages 15+).

No auditions or previous experience necessary for either class. More info and online registration are available at the links.

Questions? Email meg@taiko.org.