Workshops & Classes

When are the 2020 workshops?

With the onset of COVID-19 and the Quebec governments’ regulations, Arashi Daiko has ceased all of its activities, including classes and workshops, since the end of March. We take health and safety very seriously, particularly because there is increased risk with taiko due to the sweat, movement, and heavy breathing. As the situation is quickly evolving and impossible to predict, until further notice, we will not be resuming classes or workshops. If and when the time is appropriate, we will issue a new notice to announce the change of situation.

Thank you for your continued interest in Arashi Daiko. We hope to be able to respond to you in the near future.

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“Introduction to Taiko”

Every year (usually in the fall) Arashi Daiko offers introductory taiko workshops to the general public.  No musical background or experience playing percussion is necessary.  You just need to be interested in trying this dynamic art form!  These workshops are generally open to people who are 14 years of age and older.  Even though taiko is quite physical and requires stamina, no need to worry about that; the workshops are demanding but we always respect everyone’s abilities and limitations. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of upcoming workshop dates!


Weekly Classes

Weekly Classes for adults

We do offer weekly classes for adults but you must have taken the “Introduction to Taiko” workshop and we do not accept new students after the regular classes have started. Due to the limited number of spots available in the weekly classes at this time, a selection process will be held following the fall workshops. If you missed the last workshops, please join our mailing list to keep informed about our next workshops and upcoming performances.

Weekly Classes for kids (age 4 to 12)

Students are taught how to play the Japanese taiko, an instrument that comes in many sizes and is hit with large sticks or mallets. Classes begin with a warm up and children are taught the basic positions and methods of this style of drumming. Emphasis is placed on respect and discipline. All materials are provided; participants should wear comfortable clothes.

Schedule for kids classes (ages 4 to 12): Every Sunday morning, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. You must register in advance!
Cost: $5 per class
Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Center of Montreal, 8155 Rousselot, Montreal
To register, or for more information: Please contact us via our contact form.