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 2017-2018 Class Listings

(class descriptions, schedules, and fees; subject to change based on enrollment)

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Fall 2017 classes are currently in session (9/5 to 12/16)
Winter Holiday Party on Sunday, December 17th, 2017!


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

Let's Meetup and try Japanese Taiko Drumming! 700+ 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 Meetups in Winter 2018 (1pm SUN:  Jan. 7th, Feb. 4th, Mar. 4th) →

"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.


Share the Joy of playing taiko with the Great Lakes Taiko Center! Take a moment to look over our course offerings below for new and beginning students.


Tiny Tots Taiko Preschool 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. Each class is 30 minutes in length from 4:30 – 5:00 PM on Mondays (2018), Tuesdays (2017-18) or Wednesdays (2018). Monthly fee is $50. Class materials fee $10 for a pair of taiko drum sticks. 

Register here for Tuesday Tiny Tots Class

Youth Intro to Taiko Elementary age 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. Youth Intro to Taiko is a 60-Minute class and is offered on Tuesdays from 5:15 – 6:15 pm. The monthly class fee is $65. Class materials fee $10 for a pair of taiko drum sticks. 

Register here for Tuesday Youth Intro to Taiko (Beg/Int) Class


Intro to Japanese Taiko Drumming (Basics) 

This course, offered through Novi Community Education, will introduce new Taiko students to basic forms, techniques and rhythms in Taiko Drumming, along with an introduction to musical phrasing and group arrangements. [This Intro to Taiko Basics course is a prerequisite for the next level class, Beginning Taiko.]

2018 Winter Class Dates:  Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm 1/16 - 3/20 (no classes on 2/20 & 2/27) Class Fee: $160 for 8 classes. Class Location:  Deerfield Elementary School (26500 Wixom Rd, Novi, MI 48374). Class Registration through NoviCommunityEd.org is now open. Register here for 2018 Winter: Intro to Japanese Taiko Drumming

Students who have previously completed an Intro to Taiko (Basics) course may Register here for 2018 Winter: Beginning Japanese Taiko Drumming which will be held Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm right after the Intro Class. This class will continue to reinforce foundations of Taiko playing while learning the piece "Mushi Okuri" which is based on traditional rhythms from rural Ishikawa prefecture in Japan.


Our GLTC Youth and Adult students share in the joy of playing taiko throughout the year in classes which begin in the Fall, Holiday Party in December, continuing classes in Winter & Spring, a celebratory recital concert in June, and specialty classes in the Summer. We are excited to offer the following 2017-18 GLTC classes for continuing taiko students. 


"Daichi no Arashi" Class (Int/75 min) MON 7:15pm, SAT 9am

"Raigun" Youth/Adult Class (Adv/90 min) TUE 7:00pm *new*

"Godaiko" Class (Adv/90 min) SAT 10:30am

"Yuugi" Katsugi Oke & Nagado Class (Adv+/90 min) THU 10am

*Godaiko Drummers* student performing group (Adv+) WED rehearsals 7-9pm

GLTC Students > Register through your Customer Portal 


In addition to taiko drumming classes, we are happy to offer these TaikoFit Exercise Classes and Hula Arts Class through our Center.


TaikoFit Cardio Drumming: a fun fitness class for everyone! (Saturdays 9-10 AM through Novi Community Ed)

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. Fee: $75 for 5 classes. Location: Orchard Hills Elementary gym in Novi, MI. 

Register for Novi TaikoFit Winter 2018: January 20th - February 17th


In the Lake Orion area? Check out our TaikoFit sessions at the Orion Center. Classes taught by GLTC TaikoFit instructor Cindi Carter. Sign up for a free class and call the Orion Center at 248.391.0304 Ext 3500 to register or link below. Fee is $48 for each series of 4 classes.

Register for Lake Orion TaikoFit: Thursdays 7:45pm Jan-Feb 2018 (Free Trial Class on Jan. 4th)

Visit TaikoFit Cardio Drumming *in Lake Orion* on Facebook


Hula Class with Molly


Open to beginners and continuing Hula students: 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) and dances with various implements such as the puili bamboo sticks. We are excited to offer this Hula arts class taught by Molly Eguchi, one of our Taiko Center students and a skilled Hula dancer. This is a full year class held on Saturday afternoons (1-2:30pm) at our main studio in Novi and will continue until early June 2018.

Register here for Hula Class with Molly