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Register for adult/teen Introductory Taiko Class

Register for WINTER 2019 Classes 7-8PM in Novi (MON) or Ann Arbor (WED) through Community Ed (see below for details)

*Meetup! in Novi for a Free Drop-in Taiko Class 1PM SUN Nov. 18th or Dec. 2nd

Register now for 10:30-11:30AM SAT Taiko Pop! (Fun for all levels) in Novi

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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 WINTER 2019

"Japanese Taiko Drumming" classes on WEDNESDAYS 1/23-3/20

@Eberbach Cultural Arts Bldg (1220 S. Forest, Ann Arbor, MI 48104)

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! Our free DEMO Class (7-8pm WED 1/23) gives participants an overview of taiko history, a brief performance, and hands-on activities on the drums. 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+

Free DEMO Class (7-8pm) on WED 1/23 only

INTRO TAIKO CLASS - new students and previous Intro students welcome!
Section 1: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20
Section 2: 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20
Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:00PM
Fee: $79 per section (students may enroll in either one or both 4 week sections) + $10 for bachi sticks

CONTINUING TAIKO CLASS - students should have completed our Intro Class or permission of instructor.
9 weeks (1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20)
Wednesdays 8:00 to 9:15PM
Fee: $199

Register for Taiko Classes in Ann Arbor through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed > Adult Classes > Music (starting 12/12/2018)

Novi Community Education WINTER 2019

"Intro to Japanese Taiko Drumming" classes on MONDAYS 1/14-3/25

@Parkview Elementary (45825 W 11 Mile Rd, Novi, MI 48374) Room 125B

Have fun learning Japanese Taiko Drumming.  This 4-week course will give a solid foundation to the novice Taiko player by introducing basic forms, techniques and rhythms.  Drums will be provided and material fee of $10 covers sticks.  The class will be led by staff from Novi’s own Great Lakes Taiko Center.  No drumming or musical background is necessary to start enjoying this class right away.  Children ages 12 and up can sign up with a parent.

Intro Taiko I: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11 ($75 for 4 sessions; no class 1/21)
Intro Taiko II: 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25 ($90 for 5 sessions)
Mondays 7:00 to 8:00PM (Students may enroll in either one or both classes)

 Register for Intro Taiko in Novi through Novi Community Ed > Enrichment - Adult > Dance & Music (starting 12/10/2018)



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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  • 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.
  • Which class/es should I take? See notes on GLTC Classes Calendar (link or below). 

    MATSURI (Beginner/Intermediate) SUN 2:30-4PM 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 "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

    POUNDING HOOVES (Advanced) SUN 4:30-6PM *This new class begins in December. Learn the song "Pounding Hooves" by Rick Shiomi. Fundamental rhythms and techniques will continue to be developed on various drums. New concepts and techniques of Naname/Slant-style and multi-drum playing along with various accompanying percussion instruments will be introduced and explored. We will also work on solo composition and improvisational playing. Instructors: Eileen Ho & Larry An

    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



    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. NOTE: We are also a Community Resource Partner offering our homeschool taiko drumming class through the Center Line Partnership program of Center Line Public Schools. Open enrollment for Semester 2 is Dec. 3-14 by appt only. https://clp.clps.org/] 

    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