Taiko for Parkinson’s Disease

Taiko is a fun, cultural activity that helps improve physical activity, stress management, cognitive engagement, and social support. This class was designed by Performing Members of San Jose Taiko and Sydney Shiroyama, consulting Occupational Therapist, to address the needs of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The class will cover taiko history and etiquette, San Jose Taiko’s philosophy, and basic playing techniques, which emphasize large amplitude movements, full extensions, trunk rotation, and using a loud voice. Caregivers or family members are welcome to sign up and participate as well. No experience necessary, and appropriate accommodations will be provided for those who need it.

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Tuesdays, September 3 - October 22 - 10:00-11:30AM

This 8-week session is offered free of charge thanks to funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Registration is still required; please use the button below. Donations gratefully accepted; suggested donation of $25 per class. Donations can be made at the class or through our donations page.

Classes will be held at the San Jose Taiko studio: 150 South Montgomery Street, San Jose 95110 (Please park in the lot north of the building. Entrance to the parking lot is from Autumn Street.)

To protect the drums, we like to keep the studio floor clean and request that you remove your shoes upon entering the practice space.  Accommodations can be made if you are unable or uncomfortable doing so.  You are welcome to bring shoes with clean soles ("indoor" shoes) to prevent slipping or we will have shoe covers available.  Contact sydney@taiko.org with any questions or concerns.

This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.