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

Introductory taiko classes are offered throughout the year and our youth & adult taiko courses begin in the Fall and continue through Spring with a recital in June. Link to > GLTC 8th Annual Concert & Showcase Dream  on SUN June 10th 2018

Sign up now for 2018 Summer Classes!

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*Early Registration: receive a 10% discount off your summer tuition if you sign up for Novi taiko classes by THU May 31st!


2018 Summer Class Descriptions

Nagado Basics (all levels):  Reinforce and improve your nagado skills while having fun and composing a short piece as a class! Open to all levels. Instructor: Brian Sole. 8 Classes (MON nights or SAT mornings, no classes 7/2 & 7/28) @GLTC in Novi, MI.

Swing Shime Daiko (Int/Adv):  Half of the songs in our Taiko Center’s repertoire have a swing beat, starting with Mushi Okuri, the first song most of us learned.  This class aims to improve our tempo-keeping, and the loud/quiet dynamics that bring a jiuchi line to life, all while maintaining that mysterious, hard to describe light & festive feel that swing songs should have. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level students. Instructor: Ken Brady. 8 Classes (TUE nights, no class 7/3) @GLTC in Novi, MI.

Odaiko Form & Basics (Int/Adv):  Learn, refine, improve your Odaiko playing techniques. We will focus on basic form, relaxation and playing "big". The class will incorporate different drills and concepts learned will be applied in a short performance piece. Recommended for intermediate to advanced level students. Instructor: Brian Sole. 8 Classes (SAT mornings, no class 7/28) @GLTC in Novi, MI. 


Hula Class with Molly (all levels):  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. Open to new and continuing Hula students. Instructor: Molly Eguchi, Hula teacher and taiko player. 8 classes (SAT afternoons, 6/23 - 8/18, no class 7/28) @GLTC in Novi, MI.

"Taiko Play" in Ann Arbor, MI location (all levels):  Come play taiko drums with us this summer! Join us for a fun-filled hour of Japanese taiko drumming activities including basic exercises (practicing form, movement and rhythm), creative play (composing and improvising), and musical exploration (song phrasing, drumming styles, and group arrangements). Open to both new and experienced taiko students who want to develop their understanding of this dynamic art form and broaden their horizons as taiko players. We provide drums for class; you must bring or purchase your own pair of sticks (bachi) for $10. Optional practice drums (gomidaiko) will also be available for $65. Wear comfortable clothes to move in and plan to play barefoot or with indoor shoes (no street shoes). Instructors: Eileen Ho and Larry An, teachers and performing members from the Great Lakes Taiko Center. 6 Classes (MON nights, 6/25-8/6, no class 7/2) @Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg, Ann Arbor, MI.

Link to register (beginning WED May 23rd) through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed > Taiko Play 2018 Summer Class at www.A2schools.org/reced

*Youth Taiko Summer Camp in Novi (all levels):  Kids learn and play taiko together in this fun summer camp at the Taiko Center (TUE-FRI sessions, August 7-10 OR August 14-17). *More details coming soon.



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

Let's Meetup and try Japanese Taiko Drumming! 850+ 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 2018

"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.



Link to > 2017-2018 TAIKO CLASS LISTING

Class Schedule and Descriptions below.



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.

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.



Intro to Japanese Taiko Drumming (Basics) 

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


Novi Community Education Spring 2018 Intro Taiko class: 7-8pm TUESDAYS 4/17-5/22 @Deerfield Elementary gym (Novi, MI) link to class here on novicommunityed.org

Have fun learning Japanese Taiko Drumming in this 6 week course introducing basic forms, techniques and rhythms. This class will be led by Eileen Ho from Novi's own Great Lakes Taiko Center. No drumming or musical background is necessary to start enjoying this class right away.


Ann Arbor Community Education & Recreation Spring 2018 Intro Taiko class:

8-9pm MONDAYS 4/23-6/4 Japanese Taiko Drumming: Intro Class @Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg (Ann Arbor, MI) link to class here on www.a2schools.org/reced

Taiko drumming combines music, communication and teamwork, and a touch of dance and martial arts, to create a uniquely dynamic art form. Anyone can join this fun course that introduces new players to the basic form, movement, and rhythms of taiko drumming. Instructors: Eileen Ho and Larry An, teachers and performing group members from the Great Lakes Taiko Center.



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. The 2017-2018 Classes will be performing at our June 10th Concert!

The Taiko Center is proud to present our

GLTC 8th Annual Concert & Showcase Dream 

 on June 10th 2018 (SUN 4pm)

at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts (West Bloomfield, MI).

More info & updates about this event on our Taiko Blog.



We are also happy to offer GLTC community classes such as TaikoFit, Hula, and Yoga, which are open to current taiko students as well as the general public:  


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 $48 for each series of 4 classes. *This popular class fills quickly!*

Register for Lake Orion TaikoFit: Thursdays 6:20-7:20pm, next open session from 5/10-6/7 (registration for 2018 Summer sessions begins June 1st)

Visit TaikoFit Cardio Drumming *in Lake Orion* on Facebook


Hula Class with Molly (Saturdays 1-2:30pm 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. Instructor: Molly Eguchi. 2018 Summer session: 8 classes (SAT afternoons, 6/23 - 8/18, no class 7/28) @GLTC in Novi, MI.

Register here for 2018 Summer Hula Class with Molly


Yoga Express with Joe (Saturdays 12:15-1:00pm at Main Studio in Novi)

Perfect for all ages and fitness levels, beneficial for taiko players, and open to the general public.

Using a multitude of yoga poses and flows, this class is specifically designed for Beginner to Intermediate Yoga students to obtain maximum gains in minimum time. We’ll focus on strength, flexibility, timing, coordination and abdominal strength while also exploring the mind-body relationship, breathing techniques and inner calm.

INSTRUCTOR: Joe Mason, certified in yoga & fitness and loves to play taiko.

TIME: 45 min class, SAT after noon (12:15-1pm)
COST: $10 drop-in fee (or $32/series of 4 classes)

WHAT TO BRING: exercise/yoga mat, bottled water, bath towel (optional) for extra padding and warmth, and fun-loving attitude. Expect to practice barefoot or use grip socks.


 *Memorial Day Weekend (no classes) SAT 5/26 - MON 5/28*