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Youth Taiko Team Registration

  • Japanese Friendship Garden 2215 Pan American Road East San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

Join an exciting and dynamic music program at the JFG!!!

JFG is initiating a taiko team for middle school high school youth, led by Genbu Daiko Ensemble Master Instructor Noel Garcia.

Noel Garcia brings twenty years of professional taiko teaching experience to build his students into performance-level musicians. Regardless of prior experience, all participants will train to perform a full pieces of music to be performed at JFG festivals and private events.

We are looking for serious students ready to follow teacher instructions, be accountable to their teammates, practice on her or his own outside of class, and come punctually and prepared every class. You do not have to be a musician or have any particular skills to play taiko. Anyone can learn to play taiko! As long as they have a team oriented attitude and are willing to work hard, we highly encourage any middle school child to try out this incredible experience!

This unique taiko program for children is the ONLY one of its kind in San Diego and provides a great value for a musical education program!!!


Proposed program runs every Thursday 4pm - 5pm after school, holidays and garden events excepted. We must have at least 5 students to begin the program, so RSVP today if you are interested. Contact Frederic Hewett at and Noel Garcia at

Registration for class: $25 for single class, $200 for 10 weeks (add $60 annual fee for JFG family membership for non-members, not applicable to first-time class)


“Thank you so much for all you do to help create this wonderful events for the students! [My child] is excited at the prospect of playing more. She really enjoyed camp and is looking forward to more time playing the drum” -- Barbary Mulvany

“The Taiko camp was especially exciting and I hope that the group will be able to continue. Noel Garcia was absolutely wonderful! He had a great way with the kids and made the art very creative, engaging and expressive. I hope you can pass the word on to the powers that be to continue the Taiko group there at the Gardens. It would be a wonderful addition to the museum.” –Arden Graupp


Noel’s teaching style not only teaches the mechanics of beating a drum. Students will learn to appreciate and respect the art of taiko in its entirety. They will learn the Japanese etiquette, vocabulary, oral notations, and history of taiko. Students will learn basic compositional rhythms and have fun experimenting and progressing in a new skill every morning. They will take pride joining the legion of artists who thrive to the thundering beat of an ensemble.


It is well established that exercise and music contribute to building moral character, team players, and overall health and wellness. It encourages focus, relaxation, and release of stress. Taiko becomes the medium through which children can reach their highest potential through artistic expression. The JFG youth taiko program instills the values of etiquette, respect, and teamwork and trains the children to become competent taiko players.


It is no coincidence that many students and taiko summer camp alumni have continued to practice privately with Noel Garcia and still stay in touch with one another.  The intensive training and huge sense of accomplishment at the end has been a milestone experience for early participants in the program. The Japanese Friendship Garden has recently purchased taiko drums and endeavors to build a permanent youth taiko team, performing regionally and at major JFG events. 

Earlier Event: August 17
18th Annual Gala and Dinner
Later Event: September 16
Urasenke Tea Ceremony Class