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TAIKOPROJECT Academy

Taiko classes in little tokyo, downtown los angeles

 

Located in downtown LA's historic Little Tokyo district, the TAIKOPROJECT Academy offers taiko drumming classes for students of all ages.

The TAIKOPROJECT Academy is Los Angeles’ premiere taiko school, established in 2002 by Bryan Yamami and Masato Baba to perpetuate the art form of taiko in America. The Academy offers classes in taiko drumming to the general public for all ages and all skill levels.  

Since its inception, hundreds of children and adults have studied taiko at the Academy under the tutelage of highly-trained instructors from the TAIKOPROJECT.  David Wells is the Academy’s Lead Instructor, responsible for the overall growth and development of each student.  

Courtesy of the Los Angeles TImes (2016)

Courtesy of the Los Angeles TImes (2016)

 

Phone

(213) 268-4011

 

Location

505 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

 

Hours

Sun 3pm – 9pm
Mon 6pm - 10pm
Thur 7pm - 10pm

Adult Beginning Classes - Winter 2016

Adult Beginning Classes - Winter 2016

Adult Beginning Classes

Adult Beginning Classes are for adults entering our taiko program.  Basic form, technique, rhythm, philosophy, and spirit are the primary elements of these introductory classes.  Adults 18 years and older are encouraged to start their taiko journeys in this class.  High school-age students who are starting taiko for the first time are welcome to start in this class or in our youth program, depending on their preference.

Classes take place on Mondays from 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Summer Session 2016: Jul. 4 – 25, 2016 (4 sessions over 1 month) $60 (continuation class from Spring)

Fall Session 2016: Sept. 5 – Nov. 21, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180 (Class is full)

Winter Session 2017: Jan. 2 – Mar. 20, 2017 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Spring Session 2017: Apr. 3 – Jun. 19, 2017 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

*New students may start in the Winter, Spring, or Fall sessions

Adult Intermediate Classes

Adult Intermediate Classes


Adult Intermediate Classes

Adult Intermediate Classes are for adults who have successfully completed one year of our Beginning Classes.  Intermediate concepts such as improvisation, movements, and more complex rhythmic patterns, as well as new styles of taiko performance are elements that will be introduced in these classes.

Classes take place on Mondays from 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Winter Session: Jan. 4 – Mar. 28, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Spring Session: Apr. 4 – Jun. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Summer Session: Jul. 4 – 25, 2016 (4 sessions over 1 month) $60

Fall Session: Sept. 5 – Nov. 28, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

*Students must have completed at least one full year of Adult Beginning Classes to enroll in Adult Intermediate Classes


Bombu Taiko at Rhythmic Relations 2015, photo by Kim Nakashima

Bombu Taiko at Rhythmic Relations 2015, photo by Kim Nakashima

Bombu Taiko

Bombu Taiko is the performing ensemble for adults who have successfully completed our Intermediate Classes and are committed to further study and are interested in public performance opportunities.

Classes take place on Mondays from 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Winter Session: Jan. 4 – Mar. 28, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Spring Session: Apr. 4 – Jun. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Summer Session: Jul. 4 – 25, 2016 (4 sessions over 1 month) $60

Fall Session: Sept. 5 – Nov. 28, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

*Entrance into Bombu Taiko is determined by Academy instructors

 

Youth Beginning Classes

Youth Beginning Classes are for children entering our taiko program.  Basic form, technique, rhythm, philosophy, and spirit are the primary elements of these introductory classes.  Children aged 8 to 12 years are encouraged to start their taiko journeys in this class.  High school-age students who are starting taiko for the first time are welcome to start in this class or in our adult program, depending on their preference and maturity level.

Classes take place on Sundays from 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Summer Session: Jul. 3 – 24, 2016 (4 sessions over 1 month) $60

Fall Session: Sept. 4 – Nov. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Winter Session: Jan. 8 – Mar. 26, 2017 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Spring Session: Apr. 2 – Jun. 18, 2017 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

*New students may start in the Winter, Spring, or Fall sessions

Youth Intermediate Classes

Youth Intermediate Classes are for students who have successfully completed one year of our Youth Beginning Classes.  Intermediate concepts such as improvisation, movements, and more complex rhythmic patterns, as well as new styles of taiko performance are elements that will be introduced in these classes.

Classes take place on Sundays from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Winter Session: Jan. 3 – Mar. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Spring Session: Apr. 3 – Jun. 26, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Summer Session: Jul. 3 – 24, 2016 (4 sessions over 1 month) $60

Fall Session: Sept. 4 – Nov. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

*Students must have completed at least one full year of Youth Beginning Classes to enroll in Youth Intermediate Classes

 

Rhythmic Relations 2015, photo by Kim Nakashima

Rhythmic Relations 2015, photo by Kim Nakashima

Kitsune Taiko Performing Ensemble

Kitsune Taiko is the performing ensemble for youth taiko students who have have shown exemplary performance in our Intermediate Classes and are committed to further in-depth study of taiko.   Performing Ensemble members graduate out of KTPE when they graduate from high school and many have gone on to become performers and leaders in the collegiate taiko community all over the U.S.

Classes take place on Sundays from 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Winter Session: Jan. 3 – Mar. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Spring Session: Apr. 3 – Jun. 26, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

Summer Session: Jul. 3 – 24, 2016 (4 sessions over 1 month) $60

Fall Session: Sept. 4 – Nov. 27, 2016 (12 sessions over 3 months) $180

*Entrance into Kitsune Taiko takes place at the beginning of the annual Fall Session and is determined by Academy instructors

Special Sessions

2015 Summer Intensive participants, photo by Viola Lee

2015 Summer Intensive participants, photo by Viola Lee

annual Summer Intensive

The Summer Intensive is an annual three-day program for advanced taiko drummers in a variety of workshops.  Participants from all over the world have traveled to Los Angeles to train in this program.

2016 Dates: July 15 – 17, at Asano Taiko U.S., Torrance, CA

 

Group workshops with the Genki Spark (Boston, MA), Chibi Taiko (Vancouver, CA), Naruwan & SDT (San Diego, CA), and high school students (Cleveland, OH)

Group workshops with the Genki Spark (Boston, MA), Chibi Taiko (Vancouver, CA), Naruwan & SDT (San Diego, CA), and high school students (Cleveland, OH)

Group Workshops

TAIKOPROJECT has taught workshops for taiko groups all over the world, and when we are on tour, we try as much as possible to meet local groups and coordinate workshops tailored to their interests and skill level.  Topics for Group Workshops include: (Basic – Introductory Drills, Naname/Slant Drum Technique, Basic Odaiko Form, Intermediate – Hip Hop Taiko, Omiyage, Sling Okedo, Narimono/Hand Percussion, Improvisation, Bachi Twirling and Manipulation, Many Sides Double-Drum Playing, Advanced – Stage Presence, Deeper Improvisation, Advanced Omiyage)


Private Lessons

Members of TAIKOPROJECT can teach private lessons in various topics for students of all levels who are looking to deepen their understanding of certain taiko styles or techniques, as well as the shinobue (bamboo flute).  Rates are developed based on the frequency and duration of lessons.

 
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To register for taiko classes at the TAIKOPROJECT Academy, start by filling out the form below.

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contact us

Call our Managing Director Bryan Yamami at (213) 268–4011 or email our staff at taikoproject@gmail.com