Classes & Practice Sessions

Taiko has been called the least martial and most artistic of the martial arts. It combines elements of percussion, movement and expression in a dynamic and disciplined team practice. It can be a path to personal growth... and a whole lot of FUN! As southern Arizona’s oldest and most-established taiko learning center, Odaiko Sonora is the leading source of taiko training in southern Arizona. All classes are held at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall, and are open for observation. For info, email info@tucsontaiko.org.

Lack of funds is not considered a good reason for not studying taiko. We've been making this happen since 2002 on very little ourselves. So, in cases where the tuition is a hardship, email karen@tucsontaiko.org. We live by a strict "it should sting but not hurt." policy, and we'll work something out. Your first class is always free!

CLASSES

Date/Time Event Location

Mondays
4:30-6:00pm

CLASS: Youth Taiko for ages 9–14. This class introduces young people to the discipline, culture and joy of taiko. $50/month. Scholarships available. Call 520 461-5922 or email rome@tucsontaiko.org
1013 S. Tyndall

Saturday
March 1, 8, 15
2:30-4:30pm

CLASS: PRACTICUM We'll review material covered in all AART units. Depending on who attends, students may be introduced to the songs and drills required to join the Odaiko Sonora Community Group (CG), brush up on material they've already learned, and/or prepare to join the CG. The third, on March 15, is a free, introductory session specifically for those new to taiko. However, it will also be an opportunity for those who already play to review basics and cultural context from a more informed place. The first two sessions are $20 each or both for $30. The third intro session is free!
Payment Options
1013 S. Tyndall

Saturdays
2:30-4:30pm

CLASS: AART (All Ages Recreational Taiko)
A 6-week beginners unit to learn rudiments of taiko: form & technique, drills and songs. Register by calling (520) 481-8003 or emailing info@tucsontaiko.org. Next session start date is March 29th. 2014. If you wish to pre-register online, please use the Paypal button below.
1013 S. Tyndall

PRACTICES

Date/Time Event Location

Wednesdays
5:30–8:30pm

PRACTICE: Performing Understudy Practice 1013 S. Tyndall

Fridays
2–4pm

PRACTICE: Performing Ensemble 1013 S. Tyndall

Saturdays
9:00am

PRACTICE: Community Group Track, for students moving from AART to CG 1013 S. Tyndall

Saturdays
10–noon

PRACTICE: Community Group
Our all ages, all levels playground! Ask to join after a few AART sessions
1013 S. Tyndall
Saturdays
12:30–2:15pm
PRACTICE: Performing Understudy Practice 1013 S. Tyndall

Odaiko Sonora Group Structure

Odaiko Sonora is the leading source of high quality taiko instruction available to the communities of Tucson and southern Arizona. Opportunities to learn and play taiko include:

  • Recreational Taiko Classes for all ages and abilities, designed for those new to taiko and those wishing to promote physical and spiritual health through taiko. AART (All Ages Recreational Taiko) is also great for the players who wish to focus on technique and learn new songs. Enrolled students may observe and participate to the best of their ability in the OS Community Group (CG), but will receive no instruction there.
  • Odaiko Sonora Community is a self-guided entity for players who wish to work together as a group to increase skill levels, expand repetoire, and work towards community performances 3–5 times a year. Students qualify to join the CG after taking one to three ART units and learning several required songs and drills. The CG is led by senior players and instructed by Performing Ensemble Members once a month. A free CG Track exists for recreational students who wish to join the ongoing CG.
  • Odaiko Sonora Performing Ensemble. With over 60 appearances—for nearly 50,000 people—each year, these are players committed to taiko as a performing art form. Performances vary from outdoor festivals to private parties to staged theatrical productions. Dedication, rigorous training, creative contribution, flexibility and a great attitude are what define these players. Performer Understudy Practices are for CG members who want to challenge themselves.

Master Classes

In addition to weekly classes, Odaiko Sonora regularly brings guest teachers to Tucson for intensive workshops. Some of the most highly acclaimed taiko players and instructors in North America have come to the area through this program, including Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan, San Jose Taiko leaders, members of Mu Daiko from Minneapolis and Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble. Odaiko Sonora also hosts international taiko artists such as Shidara, and programs through Kodo Arts Sphere America (KASA). Bookmark the News & Performances page for announcements about upcoming workshops!



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