Taiko has been called the least martial 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! All classes are held at Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall, and are open for observation. For info, email info@tucsontaiko.org.

Classes & Practice Sessions

Your taiko training with Odaiko Sonora begins in the All Ages Recreational Taiko (AART) class. You can try your first class without committing to the session. Once you have a few AART sessions under your belt, you can ask to join the ongoing Community Group.



AART (All Ages Recreational Taiko)
A 5 o 6-week beginners unit in which you'll learn the rudiments of taiko form & technique. We focus on one song from the Odaiko Sonora repertoire and drills that support it. Register by calling (520) 481-8003 or emailing info@tucsontaiko.org. Your first class is obligation-free. If you like and decide to sign up for the whole session, the cost is $100 or $120 depending on the session length.



The 9am. This is an informal, hour-long session intended to help students moving from AART to CG. However, it is open to all members and any student who has taken at least one AART session.


Community Group. This is our all ages, all levels playground! AART students may ask to join after 3-6 AART sessions.
Performing Understudy Practice (Saturday PUP). Open to any CG member.


Performing Understudy Practice (Wednesday PUP). CG members may attend with approval of group leaders.


Performing Ensemble.

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:

  • All Ages 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. Students may ask to join the CG after taking one to three ART units and learning several required songs and drills.
  • Odaiko Sonora Community Group 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.
  • Performer Understudy Practices (PUP) are for CG members who want to challenge themselves. Any CG member may stay for the Saturday PUP and/or ask if they may attend the Wednesday PUP.
  • Odaiko Sonora Performing Ensemble. With over 60 appearances — for over 150,000 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.

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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