Taiko Life Academy
Student Performance

December 16th

Arena | Herzliya
free entrance
suitable for families and children

The next round of courses will begin in mid-January 2023
Registration is now OPEN!
Welcome to the first and only Japanese drumming academy in Israel

The courses are taught by Taiko Life Israel’s founder Nitay Zelniker and Einat Chitayat, an experienced drummer with over 15 years of experience.

Ran Guy has recently joined our team and will be teaching some of the courses together with us!

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Part of our training program for senior students learning to be teachers, is to let them assist during classes and workshops and also conduct some sessions themselves. Today you will occasionally see Ran Guy doing it!

After training with the world's leading drumming groups and teachers, Nitai founded the first drumming group in Israel together with Maho Sato, Einat Chitayat and Orit Zelniker, and specialized in teaching all levels and ages.
Taiko drumming has been his main occupation and way of life for more than a decade.
Since the drumming style is very movement oriented and physical and because there is still no teaching method in the taiko world that connects movement to the music integrally, Nitay developed a teaching method in which the movement techniques of drumming have names.
This methodology enables a common language, gradual and clear learning, intuitive playing as a group and the creation of foundations on which it is possible to develop to the highest level of drumming.
The practice in the course is not only drumming​, when the drum is in actuality, the "tool", or mirror.
We use the physical practice, the meditation practice and the group environment to continue our personal development.

The members of Taiko Life have a passion to pass the knowledge on and help people adopt the music, values and lifestyle that accompany Taiko into their lives.


A training program that combines techniques from Japan and Taiwan;

 How does it work?

Take a look what you will be able to play by the end of the course

For those signing up for Beginner Courses:

If you are under 30, click on this button to send a picture of your ID by email and we will send you a coupon code for a 20% discount.

If you are under 25 click on the button here to send a picture of your ID by email and we will send you a coupon code for a 25% discount.

With a built-in training program and professional guidance, over the course of 13 weeks, we will direct your inspiration and energy to self-expression, enjoyment, and personal development.

Drumming is suitable for all ages and no previous experience is required.

What are the basics we will learn in the course?

Mastery of the 6 basic drumming techniques on which the rest of the techniques are based:

  • Proper use of the body to produce power with minimum effort

  • Producing quality sound from the taiko drum

  • Practice flexibility, coordination, and body awareness through tai chi and meditation

  • Keeping pace while listening to the environment

  • We will dive into deep water and play a complete taiko creation!

To streamline the learning process and enable each student to develop his or her abilities in taiko drumming most comprehensively - we will emphasize several things:

  • Improving the energy flow

  • Improving stability and physical awareness

  • Flexibility and balance

  • Strengthening the body - arms, back, abdomen, legs, neck

  • An anaerobic pleasure that combines rhythm and music

  • Improving coordination and sense of rhythm

  • Collaborating as a group - individual and group enjoyment

  • Finding an inner balance

  • Discipline, respect, and self-confidence