In-Person Courses

Enrollment will begin September 1, 12:00am(PT)!

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Session 3 In-person Course Listing

12-Weeks - September 13 ~ December 6, 2021


Naname Fundamentals (M1~5 Recital Prep) - by Yuta Kato

Tuesdays 8-9:45pm

  • Great for beginners or those who have been away from taiko for a while and want to review the basics.

  • Covers fundamentals of the Naname Style (drum oriented on diagonal stand)

  • Culminates to M1~5 Arrangement Piece for the Recital


(Listed by Style and Alphabetical Order)

BETA Style

Awakening - by David Wells (Course has been cancelled)

Tuesdays 6-7:45pm

  • Originally composed for Aiki Taiko in Whittier, CA, this piece focuses on use of dynamics, some syncopation, and careful timing. The piece uses beta style and combines elements of "power" taiko with practice of musicality along with brief, simple solos.

Dokokara - by Yuta Kato

Wednesdays 6-7:45pm

  • Originally commissioned and performed by Zenshin Daiko, "Dokokara" draws its name from taiko syllabary, where “doko” means two strikes in the center of the drum and “kara” is two on the rim. In Japanese, the phrase “doko kara?” also means "where from?". The piece’s arrangement plays on the concept of the rippling effects of energy on its surroundings. Where does energy come from? And where does it go?


Mata Ne - by Fred Visaya

Wednesdays 8-9:45pm

  • A continuation of Session 2's 'Mata Ne Prep' (not required for enrollment).

  • "Mata Ne" loosely translates to "Until we meet again", and serves as a reminder that although everyone has their own journey, any good-byes aren't forever, and we should look forward to our next encounter. I wrote “Mata Ne” in 2015 as a thank you gift for Puna Taiko, my taiko group on the Big Island of Hawaii; it was my way of expressing a joyous "goodbye/until we meet again" before I left the island to study abroad. This song took on additional meaning last year when I made the move to LA to pursue my dream–to study hard and make taiko a career.



Hachijo Solo Development - by Masa Miyano

Saturdays 12-1:45pm (Fridays 8-9:45pm course has been cancelled)

  • A course designed for students who have taken a Hachijo course or have experience with Hachijo Daiko in the past.

  • Students will be introduced to a series of drills/exercises that focus on kata, technique, sound, and emotions, encouraging the soloist to speak from the heart through the rhythms played on the drum.



Odaiko Battle - by Isaku Kageyama

Sundays 4-5:45pm

  • If you want to have fun playing Odaiko, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will be learning how to solo (in an ensemble setting) on the Odaiko. This course is recommended to students wanting to learn about improvisation, expand and reinforce their Odaiko technique and learn new Odaiko vocabulary.


Rei - by Isaku Kageyama

Fridays 6-7:45pm

  • If you want to learn an Odaiko piece that is both physically and technically challenging, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will learn Rei, an ensemble piece written for 4 Odaiko. This course is recommended to students wanting to improve Odaiko technique and broaden their range of expression on the Odaiko.



Ji Team - by David Wells

Thursdays 6-7:45pm (No class on November 25 due to Thanksgiving Day)

  • The "Ji Team" will practice to be able to perform all of the ji-uchi parts to various pieces that will be performed in the upcoming recital. The class will focus on small drum parts with occasional use of multi-drum techniques.

Rose d'Afrique - by Isaku Kageyama

Sundays 2-3:45pm

  • If you want to play a fun piece that celebrates the Earth's wealth of rhythmic traditions, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will be learning the multi-drum part for Rose d'Afrique. This course is recommended to students wanting to improve small drum technique and increase their world drumming vocabulary.


Summer Reprise (FINALE PIECE) - by UnitOne

Saturdays 2-3:45pm

  • Composed and arranged by members of Asano’s performance team UnitOne, this piece will be taught for the first time ever, in-person and online, and will be performed as the Finale Piece at the Recital

  • You will have the option to learn any of the parts (Chudaiko/Shime+Oke/Odaiko/Kane+Chappa)

  • For the Fue part, please take David's fue class listed below



Jack Bazaar - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Kris Bergstrom

Mondays 6-7:45pm

  • Jack Bazaar is arranged from a large set of "named phrases"; movements and rhythms developed as independent building blocks. During a three-year period of choreographic experimentation, more than 130 such phrases were created, revised, practiced, and finally video recorded. The most unique phrases were then selected from the video library and arranged to form Jack Bazaar.


LATI Bayashi - by Isaku Kageyama

Fridays 8-9:45pm

  • If you enjoy playing Bon Daiko and wish you could play all year round, this is your lucky day. In this course, we will be learning the Naname part for LATI Bayashi. This course is recommended for students wanting to expand and reinforce their Naname technique and learn extended Bon Daiko vocabulary.


Modori - by David Wells (Course has been cancelled)

Saturdays 12-1:45pm

  • Modori is a joyful piece that combines energetic rhythms and a spirited fue melody to evoke the feeling of warmth and contentment upon returning to something familiar or nostalgic. Participants can expect to practice naname-style movement and swing beat.

  • LATI Virtual Recital Video

Omiyage - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Shoji Kameda

Tuesdays 10-11:45am and Wednesdays 8-9:45pm

  • Omiyage refers to the traditional Japanese custom of gift-giving. During workshops and residency activities, the LA-based TAIKOPROJECT has taught Omiyage and offered it to communities as their omiyage for all the gifts they received from their taiko teachers and community. It is a taiko song that fuses solos, bachi twirling, and a truly unforgettable beat.


Quitiplas in the Pocket - by Manman Mui

Sundays 2-3:45pm

Sep 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 (skipping Nov 28), Dec 5

  • Welcome those who did not participate in the Jul-Aug Session

  • Continue building on dynamic movement drills that align with the polyrhythmic base-beat

  • Develop original solo/duet/trio as part of the arrangement

  • Utilize body percussion to internalize the polyrhythm of Quitiplas (African-Venezuelan style music)

  • Learn the shime/oke elements of the piece

  • Create an arrangement to perform for the LATI DONference recital (performing is not required in order to participate in this course )

  • Previous arrangements of Quitiplas in the Pocket

    1. Video (Mujō Creative)

    2. Video (2019 LATI Recital)

    3. Video (2021 Taste of Taiko)

Yodan Uchi - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Yoshihisa Ishikura , Yutaka Ishizuka, Seido Kobayashi, and Motoei Onozato

Saturdays 10-11:45am

  • Composed by one of the first kumidaiko groups in Japan (Sukeroku Taiko of Tokyo, formed in 1959), "Yodan Uchi" means hitting on 4 levels. As apparent in the piece, the players will hit on all 4 drum heads using one of the most popular taiko styles in existence today. After training for 3 years in Japan, Yuta Kato was granted permission to teach Yodan Uchi by one of the founders of Sukeroku Taiko: Motoei Onozato. This workshop will cover basics and drills essential in playing Yodan Uchi well, along with patterns to use as starting points for your own arrangement.



Fue (outdoors) - by David Wells (Course has been cancelled)

Saturdays 2-3:45pm

  • In this class, we'll learn to play shinobue melodies to perform in some of the pieces for the upcoming recital. Players should be comfortable with making consistent sound and have some experience with playing simple melodies.


Yuta Kato -

~Non-LATI Instructor Course~

(not sold by Asano Taiko US)

Edo Matsuri Bayashi (Shime/Kane) - by Ariel Rayvid R.

Mondays 8-9:45pm

  • This course will culminate in a performance at Recital.

  • Edo Matsuri Bayashi is the traditional festival music of Edo. How did this music, passed down by ordinary people in the Asakusa district of Tokyo for 200 years, end up influencing so many contemporary pieces that are taught at LATI today? Who is Wakayama Shachu, and what role did their members play in this history? In this course, students will be taught the challenging shime and kane parts of the complete basic Wakayama Ryu arrangement of this music, as well as the answers to these questions and more.

  • Beginners warmly welcome! Students who have been curious about Edo Kotobuki Jishi are also encouraged to sign up for this course, as the two musics have much in common.

  • - Wakayama Shachu performs an arrangement of Edo Matsuri Bayashi.

  • - Eien Hunter-Ishikawa interviews Suzuki sensei, "Why Should We Study Edo Bayashi?".

  • Click here to purchase and reserve your spot. Or, if you have any questions, contact: ariel.rayvid ~at~ gmail ~dot~ com

  • For already-registered students only: pay for optional drop-in using this link.

New! Accelerated Edo Matsuri Bayashi (Odaiko) - by Ariel Rayvid R.

Tuesdays 6-7:45pm

8 week class: Oct 5, 12, 19 (skipping Oct 26), Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • This course will culminate in a performance at Recital.

  • Limited to 2 students.

  • In this accelerated course, students will learn the shime, kane, and odaiko parts of the basic Wakayama Ryu arrangement, with a focus on odaiko. Students will learn historical context as well. The shime/kane class and the odaiko class will perform together at Recital.

  • There is also a mandatory attendance requirement for odaiko class students for at least 2 of the following 3 *Monday night* rehearsals: Mon Nov 15 8p-9:45p, Mon Nov 22 8p-9:45p, Mon Nov 29 8p-9:45p. Attendance fee included in course price.

  • Registration will open on Tuesday, September 21 at 9am PT. Once registration is open, click here to purchase and reserve your spot.

  • For already-registered students only: pay for optional drop-in using this link.