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December 4th Monday 6:00-7:30PM
Korekara: Let's play together!
Tuition $20 Member/$30 Non-Member

Composed as a gift to the taiko community at the 2005 North American taiko conference, Korekara expresses the spirit of deep appreciation for the past as the taiko community builds with excitement towards the future. It has also served as a creative catalyst for groups to re-arrange in their own unique way. On Tuesday, December 5th, join Michelle and Toru from Unit Souzou to perform this open source taiko composition together on the stage. You will need to attend one taiko workshop on Monday, December 4th and review the composition arrangement. Let's celebrate our taiko community and bring the power of our beat together in unity. You may still join this workshop if you are not performing the song Tuesday Dec 5th.

December 6th Wednesday 8:00-9:30PM
Tuition $40 Member/$50 Non-member

Through selected kakegoe (vocal phrases) inspired by music from the 47 prefectures of Japan, you'll explore vocal techniques that will improve the volume and quality of your kiai. Through some surprisingly challenging combinations with energetic taiko rhythms, the voices of drums and players combine to create a festive atmosphere that will leave you inspired by and assured of the power of kiai!

December 7th Thursday 6:30-8:00PM
Uchiwa Movement
Tuition $40 Member/$50 Non-member

As an instrument, uchiwa daiko (fan drums) offer the versatility and mobility to coordinate complex movement with sound. This workshop will teach uchiwa movement drills that will lead into learning lively choreography from UNIT SOUZOU’s composition, ‘Korekara,’ to illustrate the expansive opportunity this instrument can provide. 

Introductory Classes & Workshops

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Come drum with us - no experience necessary!  (Ages 13+)
Join in the fun! Learn basic taiko form (kata), rhythms, and history.
We offer two options for the beginner student:
1. Two hour workshop to give you a taste or "crash course" of the taiko experience.
Teacher: Michiko Todokoro Buchanan
Choose one from below:
Dec 16th, Saturday 12:00-2:00 PM
Jan 20th, Saturday 10:30-12:30 PM
Feb 24th, Saturday 10:30-12:30 PM
Mar 17th, Saturday 10:30-12:30 PM
Apr 14th, Saturday 10:30-12:30 PM
May 26th, Saturday 10:30-12:30 PM
Tuition: $50

2. Eight week introductory class series of weekly 60 minute classes.
Teacher: Iris Shiraishi
Time: Sundays 1:00-2:00PM
Dates: Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18 ,25
Tuition: $200


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Become part of the TaikoArts Midwest family!
Your investment will build and sustain taiko in MN!
2017-2018 TAM Annual Membership Rate

$100 adults, $50 for students/seniors
Member benefits:
Discounted Studio Class Tuition Rates
Discounted & Early Registration for Master Class Workshops
Special Member Events & Activities
Preferred Seating at TAM concerts
Other taiko related discounts
* due to these benefits, Adult memberships are NOT tax deductible


TWO step process: 1. First purchase a pass/punchcard 2. Then register for each class you wish to attend.

Below is our class calendar - click on the date & class you want to reserve your spot.


Performance challenge

Saturday 9:00AM-10:30AM
Teacher: Emma Valentine
Level:    Advanced
Do you want to perform taiko more than once a year at the annual student recital? This new offering will focus on kata, stage presence, and learning standard Enso Daiko repertoire. Expect an accelerated pace while you build your confidence and performance skills. Some students may be invited to join Enso Daiko in small performances in the future.

Taiko Advanced Lab

Saturday 10:30AM-12:00PM
Teacher: Jennifer Weir
Level:    Intermediate to Advanced
In addition to skill development, we will focus on creating new songs, solos, ideas, and arrangements. Students should be flexible and willing to try new things!

Taiko Energy – Basics

Sunday 6:00PM-7:30PM
Teacher: Michiko Todokoro Buchanan
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
In this class, you learn how to receive energy from taiko, work on kata 'form', energetic kakegoe 'shout', and how to communicate with other players. Classes will focus on simple songs, rhythm drills, and uchikomi 'repetition training'.

Taiko Energy – Advanced

Sunday 7:30PM-9:00PM
Teacher: Michiko Todokoro Buchanan
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
In this class, take your taiko training to the next level. Expect more complex repertoire, an accelerated pace, and a focus on performance skills, solos, and musicality.


Sunday 2:30-4:00 Level 1 (starting Oct 8)
Sunday 4:00-5:30 Level 2 (starting Oct 8)
Teacher: Iris Shiraishi
Learn the wonderful music of the Shinto shrine - Edo Bayashi and Edo Kotobuki Jishi - as taught to by master artists Suzuki Kyosuke (Wakayama Shachu) and Kenny Endo (Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble/Taiko Center of the Pacific).


Wednesday 6:30-8:00 (Starting 10/11/17)
Teacher: Iris Shiraishi
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (minimum one year taiko training required)
Join Iris Shiraishi in a holistic approach to learning the art of taiko that enriches the body, mind, and spirit. It is geared to students of all ages and abilities with special outreach to for older adults. TaikoAlive! can be accessed as a single workshop, class series, or residency. All formats teach taiko technique, repertoire, history, and cultural aspects designed to fit the needs of the students.

Click here to bring TaikoAlive! to your organization or facility.

Read Chris Farrell's New York Times column "Retiring" here.
Listen to Chris Farrell's podcast "Unretirement" interview with Iris here.
See TaikoAlive! in action with older adults, young adults and first-graders!


Ten Class Punch Card: $200 Member/$250 Non-Member
Five Class Punch Card: $125 Member Tuition/$140 Non-Member
Master Class Workshop: $40 member/$50 Non-member/$20 observer
Single Drop In class fee $30
Taiko class punch cards are valid for 12 months and are nonrefundable and nontransferable.
Pay online or provide check payable to "TaikoArts Midwest" to your instructor.