2161 University Ave W, Suite 117, St. Paul, MN 55114
Please enter and park at the rear of the building.

Please bring water & indoor shoes for class.

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Introductory Classes & Workshops

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:
July 21, Saturday 10:30AM-12:30PM
August 18, Saturday 10:30AM-12:30PM
Tuition: $50

2. Eight week introductory class series of weekly 60 minute classes.
This series is in progress. Please check back for a new series this fall.
Teacher: Chiaki O'Brien
Time: Sundays 12:30-1:30PM
Dates: May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15
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 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 2:00-3:00 Level 1
Sunday 3:00-4:00 Shishimai/Nimba
Sunday 4:00-5:00 Level 2
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
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.