Taiko drumming is performed by many groups worldwide and features the powerful sound of Japanese-style drums. Taiko rhythms and movements reflect roots in the musical traditions of ancient Japan while also expressing the creativity and diversity of today's taiko artists. We are happy to give you the opportunity to learn the art of Japanese taiko drumming here in Michigan!

All classes have the opportunity to participate in our annual recital in June.

Fall 2019 is now in session. Contact us to learn about class openings!


1| Intro to taiko

Start your taiko journey with an Introductory taiko drumming class series for adults and teens (age 16+) at our main studio in Novi or through Ann Arbor Rec & Ed.

Intro Taiko • $120 • 6 weeks
Experience the joy of playing taiko as you learn basic form, movement, rhythms, and a Renshu (practice) song. Our next Intro Taiko series begins on TUE 10/29 or SAT 11/2!

A2 Taiko Level 1 & 2 • $95/$115 • 5 weeks
Join us for these fun classes in Ann Arbor! Taiko Level 1 class focuses on taiko basics and a Renshu (practice) song. Taiko Level 2 class continues to develop concepts through creative play and musical exploration with a Matsuri (festival) song. Our next Fall series of classes starts WED 11/6.


2| Taiko Hiit!

Fitness class • All Levels • $180 per term
High Intensity Interval Taiko!
A variety of classic taiko movement styles and rhythms are incorporated into fitness routines designed to increase your cardio fitness, build strength and core power, and develop better balance and flexibility. All fitness levels welcome, and no drumming experience is required, but prepare to challenge yourself in this whole body taiko training experience! 

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Taiko Skills & Drills

Beginner & Intermediate • TUE or SAT
Learn and develop taiko concepts and skills through practice drills. TAIKO S&D is also a companion class for students enrolled in the song class WORLDWIDE MATSURI and an optional class for current INTRO TAIKO students wanting more practice time.





Song by Ash Brown • Beg & Int & Adv • MON or SAT
Explore the interplay of taiko parts, voice, and movement in this fun song. This class is enjoyable for all students whether you have just completed one session of Intro Taiko or have been playing taiko for many years.





Song by Shoji Kameda • Intermediate & Advanced • TUE or SAT
Celebrate the generous spirit of taiko in this new festive song featured on Students taking this class should have at least 1-2 years of taiko experience and are required to also enroll in TAIKO SKILLS & DRILLS or another song class.





Song by Brian Sole • Advanced • MON or SAT
Grow your shime daiko (small drum) technique and ensemble play in this song of Spring. Students should have at least 3 years of taiko experience or permission of instructor.


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…more about classes, schedule and tuition.


+ Is there a minimum/maximum age to enroll in adult classes?

Students should be at least 16 years old to join the adult classes. There is no maximum age for adult classes.

+ Are there any start-up costs other than tuition payments?

Students are required to purchase their own pair of “bachi” (drum sticks). Bachi are available for purchase at the Taiko Center (typically $10).

+ Do adult classes participate in the June recital/concert?

All classes in which we learn a taiko piece are given the opportunity to perform in our June recital/concert.

+ Is participation in the June recital/concert mandatory?

Participation in the June recital/concert is optional, but participation is highly encouraged as it can be a beneficial and educational experience. Our Spring term curriculum will be focussed on Recital preparation and participation.