Classes and Workshops

Location and Directions

Uminari Taiko classes & workshops are held at our practice space in the Bert Richman Auditorium at Gordon Head Rec Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way off of Feltham Road.   View Map

3 Hour Introductory Taiko Workshop

In our three-hour introductory workshop you will be shown the basics of taiko stance and technique and will learn a simple taiko piece. The workshop is a tremendously fun and energetic way to experience what it's like to play a taiko drum and is particularly suitable for people with little or no drumming experience. Note:  Unless you have previous taiko experience, this workshop is a pre-requisite for taking our 6-week class.

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Upcoming course dates

  • Sunday, Feb 3, 2019

All Workshops run on Sundays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.


  • Regular - $54  ($49 if paid two weeks in advance)
  • VNCS Member - $49

6 Week Taiko Class

Our 6-week Taiko Class is geared to those who wish to advance their knowledge of taiko.  In this course you will focus on learning the proper stance and hitting techniques, different taiko rhythms, the use of vocalizations, and the importance of movement in taiko. You will have the opportunity to develop skills on various taiko drums and drum stands.  You will also learn to perform a more advanced taiko song as a member of an ensemble.  The level of class will be adjusted depending on the skill level and experience of the participants.  Note:  We require that you take our introductory workshop before trying this course, unless you have previous taiko experience.  

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Upcoming course dates

  • Sundays, Feb 10 to Mar 17, 2019

All Classes run on Sundays from 2:15pm to 3:45pm.


  • Regular - $99   ($89 if paid 2 weeks in advance)
  • VNCS Member - $89

Drop In Taiko Lessons 

The Drop In Taiko lessons is an alternate way of being introduced to taiko or continuing your taiko experience.  Commencing Mar 31, 2019 we will be holding 1 hour taiko classes every Sunday from 2:15 to 3:15 at our practice space at the Gordon Head Rec Centre (Bert Richman Auditorium).  At these sessions there will be an instructor present to teach taiko techniques and advance your taiko skills through drills and practice pieces.  Anybody is welcome; no previous taiko experience is required.

Upcoming course dates

Sunday, Mar 31 throught to Jun 2, 2019

(A total of 8 drop in sessions.  No drop-in on Apr 21, Easter Sunday and May 19, Victoria Day Weekend.)

All Drop In Sessions run from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm.


  • Pay as you go - $10 session
  • Pay in advance - $60 for all 8 sessions

Sign Up Procedure

If you are interested in participating contact us at info [at] uminaritaiko [dot] com

In order to keep the student-to-teacher ratio high, we limit the number of participants in both the workshop and the course. Register early to ensure we have sufficient room. Please note, participation in the workshop does not automatically guarantee space in the course which is limited to a smaller number of participants than the workshop.

Full Registration and Payment

After you sign up for a course, to confirm your space, you will need to fill out the provided registation form and send payment.  If you need additional information, please contact us at info [at] uminaritaiko [dot] com.

Refund Policy


Class registration withdrawal requests that are received one week prior to the start date of the class are eligible for a full refund. Requests received after that time will be credited to your next class registration.


Workshop refund requests are only eligible for credit. Credit expires one year from date of issue.

All refunds and credits are subject to Uminari Taiko approval.