Sydney Shiroyama

Sponsored Vocationist

Sydney Shiroyama, OTR/L began playing taiko at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple when she was 7 years old. While studying psychology at UCLA, she joined the intercollegiate group Kyodo Taiko. After college, Sydney moved to Japan for two years to teach English and played with a local community group on Awaji Island.

Inspired by special needs taiko groups she observed in Japan, Sydney explored the therapeutic potential of taiko drumming while obtaining her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Sydney has designed and led taiko workshops for children and adults with disabilities, and for adolescents and adults seeking mental health services. She now works with various taiko groups as a consulting occupational therapist, which has included TaikoIN’ with Eri Uchida, San Jose Taiko Parkinson’s Recreation Class with Yurika Chiba and Franco Imperial, and Rhythmic Flow Taiko with ManMan Mui and Vivian Lee.

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