Japanese Traditional Music Course

Achieving expertise in the traditional music of Japan and disseminate it from an international perspective

Student do not just acquire basic performing methods and improve on performance techniques, but also nurture sensitivity relating to a strict sense of musical interval (rhythm) and intervals with particular concern to tones through exercises in ensembles and the like to secure fundamental musical abilities that are essential for a performer.
A broad range of genres from classical and modern, as well as western music are sampled, while creations and improvisational performances are attempted to polish the performance skills to deal with a diverse range of genres. Research will also be undertaken on how Japanese musical instruments should be utilized in the field of education, as well as educational methods. The concern will not only be about school education, but also about how to provide instructions to inexperienced individuals, ranging from adults down to children, and how workshops should be conducted.
Furthermore, the students not only learn about the musical genre of their own major, but also learn to understand and gain correct knowledge concerning Japanese traditional music in various fields. Included are opportunities to consider the relevance of folk music from neighboring Asian countries to Japanese traditional music, enabling students to discover music with deep knowledge about the Japanese culture and from international perspectives. Japanese traditional music had originally been passed on through oral tradition, however the intention of the course is to train students into performers with diversity and fast responsiveness, who can convey the charm of Japanese traditional music in global modern society in deeper and broader ways.

  • Activities are carried out dealing with pieces of varying modes that cross over schools and range in style from classic to modern.
  • Collaborative efforts are made not just with Japanese musical instruments, but also with a variety of musical instruments.
  • Knowledge that is necessary not only for a performer, but also an educator, will be acquired.


Required Courses
Japanese Musical Instrument Rendition Research I to IV
Elective Courses for Specialization
  • Japanese Music Workshops 2 to 4
  • Japanese Ensemble Exercises 1 to 4
  • Japanese Solfège 1 & 2
  • Classic Japanese Music Composition Research 1 & 2
  • Modern Japanese Music Composition Research 1 & 2
  • Japanese Music Sound Theory 1 & 2
  • Graduation Research
Elective Courses for Specialization & Liberal Arts Courses (common for all programs)
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