Online courses

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

General Flow of Online LATI Course

(unless otherwise specified*)

  • Sign Up/Purchase a class of choice

  • Receive weekly lesson(s) and homework assignment(s)

  • Students submit homework video

  • Instructor gives feedback

  • Repeat

Example of a weekly lesson:

Session 3 Online Course Listing

12-Weeks - September 13 ~ December 6, 2021

Dokokara - by Yuta Kato

  • 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?


Hachijo Solo Development - by Masa Miyano

  • 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.


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

  • 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.


Omiyage - taught by Yuta Kato, composed by Shoji Kameda

  • 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 (Live Zoom Class*) - by Manman Mui

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Sep 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

*Sessions will be recorded with links available for registered students after each class

no maximum capacity

  • 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

Rei - by Isaku Kageyama

  • 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.


Summer Reprise (FINALE PIECE) - taught by Masa Miyano, composed by Aki Imai and Young Kang

  • 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

  • Learn Shime/Okedo set and Chudaiko set parts (6 weeks for each part)

  • Recital assignment TBD; will be coordinated Oct/Nov


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

  • 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.



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