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 Fall 2017 (1pm SUN:  Oct. 8th, Nov. 5th, Dec. 3rd) →

"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 7-week course will provide students with a solid foundation in proper form, movement, rhythm and etiquette in taiko drumming. You will learn how to get a big sound on the drum by relaxing, play the drum with your WHOLE body and learn the building block rhythms of taiko music. This class will prepare you to merge into one of our beginning “song” classes where we learn a piece for performance in the June recital. This 7-week course is offered through Novi Community Education and will meet on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM at Deerfield Elementary School in Novi (starting September 12th). The fee is $140 for all 7 classes. Class materials fee $10 for a pair of taiko drum sticks.

Register here for Adult Intro to Taiko Classes


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.


Youth Taiko Class (Int-Adv/75 min) MON 5:15pm

"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: Cardio Exercise with Real Drumming! (Saturdays Noon-1pm, Novi studio)

TaikoFit is a new, exciting, fun 60 minute fitness class designed to help you get your workout in the most enjoyable way! Combining Taiko drums and drumming techniques with big taiko bachi (sticks) and fitness moves, you'll get your heart rate up and be sweating in no time. No music to memorize (just follow the instructor), no difficult rhythms (if you can clap along with a song, you'll do fine), just sweat and have fun. You'll be surprised how quickly a 60 minute workout can pass. TaikoFit classes are offered in packages of 4 for $48 ($12 per class) or pay-as-you-go for $15 per class. NOTE: new class time is Noon to 1pm on Saturdays.

Register for Novi TaikoFit Fall Session 2: October 21 – November 18 (First class is free!)

[Limit of 10 per class: to save your spot, register before each session or RSVP at $15 drop-in rate on Meetup.com: Novi TaikoFit Cardio Drumming]

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.

Register for Lake Orion TaikoFit: Thursdays nights

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). 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 at our main studio in Novi and will continue until early June 2018.

Register here for Hula Class with Molly