Taiko Classes


The Great Lakes Taiko Center offers a wide selection of classes for all ages and all skill levels. Explore our class offerings below and contact us with any questions or to set up a free trial visit by email <raion.taiko@gmail.com> or call (248)773-8899. 日本語可

GLTC Fall 2017 Class Listings

Registration is now open for 2017-2018 Classes!
Fall Session starts September 5th 2017

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New to Taiko? Consider attending an informative Free Drop-in Taiko Class this Fall!

Free Drop-In Taiko Drumming Class in Novi

Novi, MI
674 Taiko Drummers

Want to learn more about Taiko? Come to the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Novi, Michigan, for a fun and free introduction to Taiko Drumming: You'll get a quick overview about different kinds of taiko drums, how to play the taiko, and some basic rhythms. By the end of class, we will play a short song together! Children & families are welcome.

Next Meetup

Let's Meetup and try Japanese Taiko Drumming

Sunday, Aug 27th* (date change) 2017, 1:00 PM
10 Attending

Upcoming Meetups in Fall 2017 (SUN Oct. 8th, Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd 2017) →

or Join our new Intro to Taiko Class offered

through Novi Community Education:

(All GLTC Class Listings are subject to change based on enrollment.)


GLTC Summer 2017 Class Listings


SUMMER TAIKOFIT: Cardio Exercise with Real Drumming!

Looking for summer fitness fun? Exercise with music and drums in TaikoFit! Get a good workout while drumming along to popular musical selections. No taiko or musical experience necessary to have a great time! Join us for a 4 class summer TaikoFit series.

*Novi Classes SAT (12:15-1:15pm) on 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5.

>RSVP on Meetup.com/Novi-Taikofit-Cardio-Drumming for drop-in dates ($15/class)

In the Lake Orion area? Check out our summer series TaikoFit classes held at the Orion Center. A set of four series will be offered this summer on WED morning (9:15am) or THU evenings (7pm).

*Orion Classes WED (9:15-10:15am) on 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2
*Orion Classes THU (7-8pm) Series #2 (7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10) and Series #3 (8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7)

REGISTRATION: Call the Orion Center at 248.391.0304 Ext 3500 to register. Fee is $48 for each series of 4 classes.

>Visit TaikoFit Cardio Drumming *in Lake Orion* on Facebook


YOUTH SUMMER TAIKO [6 classes; July - August]

Tiny Tots Taiko (MON 4:30-5pm) Students have fun with games & activities to teach the concepts of playing in a group, following directions, counting, and playing taiko drums. (Ages 3~6 yrs)

TinyTots Class Dates:  7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/14, 8/21; no class 8/7.


[8 classes; June - August] 

Nagado Basics (MON 7:15-8:15pm or SAT 9-10am)
This summer taiko class helps beginners and continuing students to build and reinforce a strong foundation of taiko playing. We will focus on form, technique drills, and playing the nagado taiko with uchi komi - using your whole body to get a full and powerful sound from the drum.

Basics MON Class Dates:  6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/14, 8/21; no classes on 7/3, 8/7.

Basics SAT Class Dates:  6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/19; no classes on 7/8, 8/12. 


*New* ADULT TAIKO INTENSIVES [4 weeks each session]  

Odaiko Techniques (July-August session: TUE 7-9pm or SAT 10:15am-12:15pm)
The odaiko, with its powerful sound, is the focal point of almost every taiko performance. Odaiko players are challenged to demonstrate flexibility and control of form. Learn proper techniques and style for playing the "Big Drum". Note: this intensive is a prerequisite for playing the odaiko part in future classes. Limit of 4 students per class.  

Odaiko TUE Class Dates:  7/27*THU, 8/1, 8/15, 8/22; no class on 8/8

Odaiko SAT Class Dates:  7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/19; no class on 8/12


*New* HULA CLASS [8 classes; June - August]

Hula with Molly (SAT 1:15-2:45pm)
This summer we are excited to offer a Hula arts class taught by Molly Eguchi, one of our Taiko Center students and a skilled Hula dancer. In this fun class introducing Hula, Molly will teach fundamental steps for a basic dance and introduce accompanying rhythms played on the ipu - a traditional hand drum made from a gourd. She will also teach a simple oli (poetic Hawaiian chant).

Hula SAT Class Dates:  6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12* (rescheduled last class); no class on 7/8.


"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. ~Brian Sole, GLTC Director 

FAQs: About Learning Taiko Drumming in Michigan

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. Check out our taiko videos on YouTube!

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, including options for Pre-schoolers, Youth, and Adult classes.  

4:30 - 5:00 PM Tiny Tots Taiko (ages 3-5)

5:15 - 6:15 PM Youth Intro Taiko (ages 6-and up)