Classes will NOT be held at the studio in the sears warehouse, but instead at alternate locations.
Note: This may require students to help load in or out drums from the Sears TAM studio. Your teachers will be reaching out to you directly to coordinate this as needed.

1. Edo-Bayshi classes will be held at:
1860 Princeton Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
Sunday - starting Jan 21st
2-3PM  Edo Level 1
3-4PM  Shishimai & Nimba
4-5PM  Edo Level 2

2. The below classes will be held at:
Off-Leash Area Rehearsal Studio: 4200 E 54th St, Mpls, MN 55417
Sunday - Intro Series
1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 12-1PM

Sunday - Energy Basics & Advanced
1/14 & 1/28 6:00-7:30, 7:30-9:00
1/7 no class, 1/21 at different location

Wednesday- Taiko Alive
1/17, 1/24, 1/31 6:30-8:00PM

3. The below classes will be held at:
Grainbelt Building: 79 Thirteenth Avenue NE, Mpls, MN, 55413, Studio 212.

There is a loading dock on the East side of the building. You can back into the dock and then go in the front door to open the loading door. Make sure to lock the loading door when finished. Don't park in the parking lot on the East side of the building. You can park on the street or on the west side of the building.

Saturday - Performance Challenge
1/20, 1/27 9:00-10:30AM

Sunday - Energy Basics & Advanced
1/21 6:00-7:30PM, 7:30-9:00PM

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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:
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 12:00-1:00PM
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.