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 invitation only. Students interested in the 2019/20 Junior Taiko Program must take the 4-week INTRODUCTORY CLASS. 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 2019.

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.


August 1, 15, 22, & 29 (no class Aug 8)

Thursdays, 5:30-7pm

SJT Studio, 150 S Montgomery St, San Jose

Fee: $120 + online processing fee

Age range: 2nd-12th grades during the 2019/20 school year

Class size: 16-18 students; 2-3 instructors

If your child would like to take a taiko class in the meantime, they can sign up for the Youth Recreational Class, a beginning-level class for students aged 8 (or turning 8 in the calendar year) to 14. Students aged 15+ can take the Adult Recreational Class. No auditions or previous experience are necessary for either class. More info and online registration are available at the links.

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