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

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*Summer 2017 Class Schedule/Fees*

Classes offered June thru August:

Summer Taiko Classes

Adult Taiko Intensives

TaikoFit Cardio Drumming (also in Lake Orion)

Hula Class

A2 Taiko Intro (in Ann Arbor)

[Class Listings described below are subject to change based on enrollment.]



GLTC Summer 2017 Classes in Novi

Summer Session classes start as early as SAT 6/17

(No Classes in Novi: 7/3-7/8 & 8/7-8/12) 


[8 classes; June - August] 

Classes for youth ages 3+ and older introduce taiko skills and group play through fun and age appropriate activities. Summer 2017 offerings are limited due to current enrollment, but please contact the GLTC if you are interested in having your child/ren participate in taiko class or activities this during the summer.




[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]  

Shime Daiko Techniques (June-July session: TUE 7-9pm or SAT 10:15am-12:15pm)
The shime daiko is the most difficult of all the taiko drums to play. Strong shime daiko players are crucial for a successful ensemble. Learn the playing technique and style, as well as care, of the shime daiko. The small drum techniques you learn in this class are also beneficial when playing other taiko drums. Note: this intensive is a prerequisite for playing the shime part in future classes. Limit of 5 students per class.

Shime TUE Class Dates: 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18; no class on 7/4

Shime SAT Class Dates:  6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/15; no class on 7/8

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:  7/25, 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


TAIKOFIT CARDIO DRUMMING [4 Classes; July - August]

Novi TaikoFit Cardio Drumming Class (SAT 12:15-1:15pm)

Have fun and work up a sweat while moving to the music and beating the drums! TaikoFit classes are all about having a good time while you exercise. Instructors will guide you 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 the 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. Limit of 10 participants per class. 

Novi TaikoFit SAT Class Dates (Summer Session 2):  7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5

TaikoFit Cardio Drumming *in Lake Orion*

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 THU evenings (7pm) or WED morning (9:15am). $48/series. Call 248.391.0304 Ext 3500 to register and check out the Facebook page for more info or contact.


*Orion Summer Morning Series WED (9:15-10:15am) Class Dates: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2

*Orion Summer Evening THU (7-8pm) Class Dates: Series #1 (6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13), Series #2 (7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10), Series #3 (8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7)


*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, 8/19; no classes on 7/8, 8/12.



[8 classes; June - August]

Adult Intro Taiko classes in Ann Arbor
Have fun learning basic taiko drumming form, technique, and rhythms. This one hour introductory class takes place at the Amma Center on Monday evenings starting at either 6:15pm or 7:30pm. Also enjoy a brief Taiko Demo weekly at 7:20pm by your instructors who are performing group members! Limit of 10 students per class. 

A2 Intro MON Class Dates:  6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21 (8/28 makeup); no class on 7/3.
Location:  Amma Center of Michigan (4201 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103)
*Come for a free trial but registration required to participate*


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FAQs: About Learning 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. ~Brian Sole, GLTC Director

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.


Taiko in Michigan = http://www.michigantaiko.net



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

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