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7-8 PM Wednesdays (Intro)

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NEW! 10:30-11:30 AM Saturdays (T-Pop! Fun for all levels)

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Openings still available for Fall 2018! Contact us for a free trial class or visit to any youth or adult class.
Great Lakes Taiko Center

raion.taiko@gmail.com  (248)773-8899  日本語可

43000 W. Nine Mile Rd (Suite #309), Novi, MI 48375

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Free Drop-in Taiko Drumming Class in Novi (MI)!

Let's Meetup and try Japanese Taiko Drumming! 900+ Taiko Drummers on Meetup.com

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.

*Upcoming 2018 drop-in sessions: Sunday 1:00-2:15pm on Nov. 18th & Dec. 2nd! Register online at https://www.meetup.com/Free-Drop-In-Taiko-Drumming-Class-in-Novi/ or contact us if you're interested in a free class visit this Fall!

"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.

*How can I try taiko drumming? Join an upcoming Free Drop-in on Meetup or ask about a free trial visit to a Tiny Tots, Youth Intro, or Adult Intro class. [Contact us at raion.taiko@gmail.com or (248)773-8899]


INTRO & CONTINUING TAIKO through Community Ed

Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation FALL 2018 "Japanese Taiko Drumming" classes: WEDNESDAYS 9/26-11/14 @Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg (Ann Arbor, MI) $159/8 weeks

INTRO Taiko (7-8pm) > link here to Intro Class in Ann Arbor

CONTINUING Taiko (8-9pm) > link here to Continuing Class in Ann Arbor

Taiko drumming combines music, communication and teamwork, and a touch of dance and martial arts, to create a uniquely dynamic art form. Experience the joy of taiko with us in these fun classes! The INTRO Class introduces new players to the basic form, movement, and rhythms of taiko drumming, and our CONTINUING Class reinforces fundamentals and continues to develop concepts through creative play and musical exploration. Instructors: Eileen Ho and Larry An, teachers and performing group members from the Great Lakes Taiko Center. Ages 16+



Our GLTC Youth and Adult students share in the joy of playing taiko throughout the year in classes which begin in the Fall with a Holiday Party and mini-recital in December, continue in Winter & Spring, and culminate with a celebratory recital concert in June. Taiko opportunities in the summer include continuing taiko classes, specialty courses for small and big drum playing techniques, and youth summer camps. 

*2018-2019 TAIKO CLASSES*

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  • All 2018 - 2019 courses meet 34 times.
  • The first day of the 2018-19 session is TUE Sept. 4th.
  • The last day of the 2018-19 session is MON June 3rd.
  • The 2019 recital date is SUN June 9th at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Tuition is collected on the 15th of each month (1st payment due 8/15/2018).
  • Which class/es should I take? Download Taiko Class Info Sheets linked below. 

    Adult/Teen TAIKO [download> Taiko Class Info Sheet]

    MATSURI (Beginner/Intermediate) SUN 2:30PM *This class begins in October Learn the song “Matsuri” meaning festival, an especially popular piece among North American taiko groups. New concepts and techniques of Naname/Slant-style, Odaiko and Shime Daiko playing will be introduced and practiced. We will also work on solo composition and improvisational playing. Instructors: Eileen Ho & Larry An

    DREAM (Intermediate) MON 7:15PM / SAT 9AM Continue your taiko "Dream" with this fun and festive piece. You will continue to refine and reinforce basic concepts of proper form, stance, basic rhythms and playing techniques. There will be opportunities to focus on Shime daiko or Odaiko playing as well as Nagado. At least one year of taiko classes recommended.

    TOMOE - Odaiko + Shime (Advanced) TUE 7:15PM / THU 10AM "Tomoe" is a piece for Odaiko and shime daiko. Class will focus on developing techniques for these two styles of drumming. All students will be expected to play both shime daiko and Odaiko, and to compose an odaiko solo. Recommended for self-directed, advanced students. Instructor: Brian Sole

    TAIKO POP! *new class* (Fun for all levels) SAT 10:30-11:30AM Try our NEW class, T-Pop! Learn or reinforce your basic taiko and musical skills by playing along with today's and yesterday's popular music. This is a fun, low pressure class that can be enjoyed by all levels. Instructor: Brian Sole


    YOUTH TAIKO [download> Youth Class Info Sheet]

    Tiny Tots Taiko (4:30-5:00PM) MON / TUE / WED  Pre-school and Kindergarten students (ages 3 – 6) enjoy learning about working together as a group, counting, following directions, and taiko drumming through fun activities, songs and games. Students will learn a short performance piece to showcase on stage at the June Recital.

    Youth Taiko (Intro/Beginner) TUE 5:15-6:15PM Students (ages 6 ~ 11) learn the basics of Taiko drumming through fun drills, games, and an original composition which students learn and perform on the stage at our June recital. [A daytime class is also scheduled for Homeschoolers MON 1:00-2:00PM.] 

    Youth Taiko (Intermediate) MON 5:15-6:15PM Students (ages 8 ~ 12) with some previous taiko experience will be challenged to hone and improve their taiko playing. In addition to foundational concepts and skills, songs with multiple parts, advanced rhythms and drum-specific skills will be included. 



    We are also happy to offer our GLTC community the opportunity to take Hula Class and TaikoFit Cardio Drumming which are open to current taiko students as well as the general public.  


    Hula and Tahitian Dance Class (at Main Studio in Novi)


    Open to new and continuing Hula students. Learn fundamental Hula dance elements and accompanying songs and rhythms in the context of various dance forms and musical instruments such as the ipu (a traditional gourd drum) or bamboo pu'ili sticks. Students will also explore Hawaiian history, culture and language relevant to the Hula arts, such as learning the meaning behind the mele (song or chant) of a dance. Tahitian dance will also be explored. Instructors: Molly Eguchi & Angie Dewey. Class Time: Saturdays from noon to 3PM. Fall 2018 Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 12/1

    > Register here for Hula & Tahitian Dance (7 classes in Fall 2018)


    TaikoFit Cardio Drumming: a fun fitness class for everyone! 

    Have fun and work up a sweat while moving to the music and beating the drums! TaikoFit Cardio Drumming classes are all about having a good time while you exercise. Instructors from the Great Lakes Taiko Center will guide your through dynamic routines with upbeat music and varying intensity options of movement and rhythm. No previous experience required. TaikoFit takes cardio drumming to the next level with added excitement and power of the booming Taiko Drums and a more intense workout from using the sturdy bachi sticks. Drums and sticks are provided.

    In the Lake Orion area? Check out our TaikoFit sessions at the Orion Center. Classes taught by GLTC TaikoFit instructor Cindi Carter. Call the Orion Center at 248.391.0304 Ext 3500 to register or link below. Fee is $120 for 12 classes or pay per class options available (2018 FALL: 9/20 to 12/13, no class 11/22). *This popular class fills quickly!*

    > Register for TaikoFit 2018 Fall sessions in Lake Orion on Thursdays 6:20-7:20PM

    Visit TaikoFit Cardio Drumming *in Lake Orion* on Facebook