7-week Session
7 classes per session plus a recital performance at ShapeShifter Lab.
$215 per session

- September 29th - November 24th (No class on October 27) *sign-up available now!

Beginner Class
7 classes, Sundays, 11am-1pm
Repertoire: Yatai Bayashi (in the standing position)

Intermediate Class
7 classes, Every Sunday, 1-3pm
Repertoire: Miyake

Ensemble Class
Class: Every Sunday 3.15-5.15pm
Rehersal: Every Wednesday 7-9pm
Repertoire: Review and development of Yatai Bayashi, Miyake, Chakuto, Edobayashi, Hachijo, etc.

Monday Night Drills KWTC
Every Monday night 7-9pm.  Drop-in class.  $10 per session.  Limited to students taking classes.
Monday nights, the KWTC studio is open to any enrolled student who'd like to continue to train outside of regular classes.  There will be a suggested regiment towards building stamina, speed, precision, listening skills, improvising over various ji, and more.

Make-Up Policy
All the students except ensemble class are allowed to come to Thursday drill session to make up for a missed class up to two times with no extra cost if a notice is given to the instructor in advance.


Kaoru Watanabe
Fumi Tanakadate
Barbara Merjan


Beginner / Intermediate / KWTC Ensemble Classes…$200 per session
Payment types accepted: Cash, check, or PayPal. 

Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund if a student cancels more than a week before the first class.
- 50% refund if a student cancels within a week of the first class.
- No refund if a student cancels on the day of or after the first class.

Registration Policy for continuing students
5th class is the deadline for continuing students (currently enrolled) to sign up in order to secure a spot for the following session.  After this date, the registration opens to general public as well.  Students are accepted on first come first serve.

Private Lessons…Prices vary.
Please inquire at info@taikonyc.com


Private Lessons in Taiko or Fue (Japanese bamboo flute)
We offer private lessons in both taiko and fue for individuals, small groups or other taiko or music groups/organizations. Please consult with us on pricing and scheduling. 

Performances & Workshops
Kaoru Watanabe and/or our ensemble group, Ne-O, are available for performances and workshops. Please inquire with us if you are interested in having us perform at your event. 

Please inquire at info@taikonyc.com


Taiko drumming can be a very physical, often strenuous activity. Safety and health are our top priorities. If you have any health issues or conditions that may affect your drumming, please notify the instructor in advance.

Classes can get physical, so we suggest you bring the following:
- Water
- Small towel
- If you don't want to go barefoot, then bring indoor shoes (clean tabi or other types of shoes with flexibility and traction). Street shoes are not allowed in the studio. 
- Bachi (taiko drumming sticks). If you don't own bachi, you can purchase them through us. For trial sessions, we are happy to lend you a pair.

- Street shoes are not allowed in the studio. You may go barefoot or wear shoes with clean soles (ex. tabi, water shoes)
- To avoid injury or damaging the instruments, please remove jewelry during class, in particular jewelry on the hands, wrists and feet.
- No hats (unless worn for cultural/religious reasons), chewing gum or eating during class.
- We are a small community dojo. Please do your best to respect the space and help keep our studio clean and well-maintained.