At the Mark H Taiko School, we believe in offering taiko for all people at all levels.
Mark H is committed to creating a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive environment where everyone can develop their taiko skills. Our classes and workshops are informative, fun, and challenging — whether you’ve been playing taiko for 8 weeks or 8 years.
In everything we do, our focus is on CONNECTION. We help our students connect to the drums we are playing, to our fellow drummers, and to the audiences with whom we share our taiko.
We offer 3 – 4 class sessions each year in the Washington, DC area, with new classes starting up seasonally (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). We also offer individual workshops throughout the year.
Not sure which class or workshop is right for you? Contact Mark H and he’ll be happy to help.
This 3-hour workshop will introduce you to the basics of taiko playing while also having a great time. Mark H Rooney has been teaching taiko for over 15 years and has developed an 11 step program for good taiko practice. We offer this workshop several times throughout the year.
Our 8-week class series focuses on “kumidaiko” (ensemble drumming). Mark H uses a variety of rhythms, drills, and song-learning to help students learn and build their taiko skills in a fun and engaging atmosphere. A great class for beginners as well as more experienced players!
This class will help students explore, develop, and enjoy different kinds of taiko. Mark H uses guided feedback to help you understand the movement and mechanics of a given style. This class moves at a faster pace than the Rec Class and is appropriate for students looking to learn new techniques for the first time or for more established players who want to develop their form and taiko vocabulary.
Ready to take your taiko skills to the next level? This class series offers a deep dive into particular taiko skills. Mark H gives individual feedback to help you hone and perfect your taiko mojo. Students will discover new drills, techniques, and insights that they can use in their regular taiko practice.