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Welcome to the web page of the Great Lakes Taiko Center/Raion Taiko.


Summer session registration is live. Visit the class registration page to see available classes. Not sure which class is right for you? Call or email to set up a free trial lesson or class. or give me a call 248-773-8899. (日本語)

2015 is year #5 for the Great Lakes Taiko Center. We are prepping for our 5th anniversary Concert/Recital on June 6th and we are very excited. We will have returning guests from Japan, Yamada Mizue and Higashikawa Yuna, who also visited in 2011 and 2013. They will be joined by two new performers as well. The concert will be held at the beautiful and historic Redford Theatre with it's Japanese themed decor, ceiling with moving clouds and, yes, even the theater organ. Tickets are available now at


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Taiko Classes

Do you live in Michigan and want to learn Japanese taiko drumming? Visit the Taiko Classes page to register for beginner/introductory classes and to find out more about or ongoing classes.

If you've been waiting to give taiko a try, now is the perfect opportunity. All are welcome, regardless of age, gender, musical ability, etc.

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The Great Lakes Taiko Center offers classes for children and adults.

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Find out where we're playing next by checking the performances page or our Facebook page to get details. There are several fall performances coming up. Don't miss out!


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Celebrating 5 years of Taiko in Michigan

5th Anniversary Celebration Concert and Recital

7:30 PM Saturday, June 6 at the Redford Theatre

Don't wait to get your tickets for the Taiko Center's 5th Anniversary Concert and Recital. 7 PM on Saturday, June 6th at the amazing Reford Theater. To help us celebrate five years, we've invited back Ms. Mizue Yamada and Ms. Yuna Higashikawa, who joined us for our concerts in 2011 and 2013. This year, they will be joined by two more performers, Ms. Yasuyo Tokuda and Ms. Shoko Harada. Last time they were here in 2013 it was standing room only, so make sure to get your tickets early. Purchase online at or purchase directly from any student or instructor at the Great Lakes Taiko Center.

Check out classes at the Taiko Center

Are you looking for music classes with a twist? If you want to learn to play music, but don't get excited about traditional instruments like violin or piano, you should give taiko drumming a try. We are offer a wide selection of classes for all ages and all skill levels. Follow this link to register - Michigan Taiko Classes, or call to set up a free trial class or lesson 248-773-8899.

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Taiko drumming is a unique way to learn a fun and new skill, learn a musical instrument, be more active, exercise on a regular basis (yes, exercise), meet new people, and even pick up some Japanese language. Sign up now from the Registration page.

The Great Lakes Taiko Center is committed to sharing authentic, Japanese taiko drumming through education, workshops and performances. We love to share taiko and hope you will join us for a class at the Center.

What is taiko drumming? Japanese Taiko drumming combines music, communication skills, teamwork and a touch of martial arts to create a fun and unique art form.

Do I need to read music? No, it is not required. Our instructors teach in such a way that musicians and non-musicians alike can enjoy playing music together in a group.

Are there any age limits? we offer classes for almost every age, from 3 to 103. (Check out the video below to see what a toddler taiko class is like.)

Are your classes authentic? Our instructors were trained by professional taiko drummers in Japan and all our drums were purchased and imported from Japan.

Can I visit and observe a class? Yes, of course. Please contact the Taiko Center at 248-773-8899 or email at to inquire about the best class to visit

Can you speak Japanese? はい、日本語でどうぞ。


Check out our spot on Kam's Corner, Fox 2 Detroit


Free trial classes are always available. Contact Brian or call 248-773-8899.


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We are listed on the Michigan Humanities Council Touring Program. Non-Profits are eligible to apply for grants to help cover the cost of hosting a performance or workshop.

 Visit here for information about applying for grants: Michigan Humanities Touring Program


Do you want to learn Taiko Drumming in Michigan?

"I've always wanted to learn taiko drumming, but don't think I'd be able to do it." Have you ever said that after seeing an exciting and energetic taiko performance? I told myself that for 7 years before I finally gave it a try. My only regret is that I didn't try it sooner.

We always welcome visitors to our classes to observe and/or participate. If you have not played taiko drums before, but would like to, please also consider one our beginner options.

Check out the Performance page for details about our upcoming performances.



 Great Lakes Taiko Center, LLC

43000 W. Nine Mile rd, Novi, MI 48375


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