Showa University of Music ＜Four-year term＞
Department of Musical Arts
Composition and Sound Design
Choose from classical music composition or electronica.Classical music composition will cover solos, chamber music, orchestral music, and so on. Electronica will cover the creation of music utilizing computer and audio equipment technology.
Composition, arrangement, sound editing, and music production utilizing computers will be learned in group lessons. The skills necessary to become an engineer will be acquired and mastered, and the results presented in a showcase concert.
Take practical lessons taught by leading conducting instructors. Students will learn practical skills by acting as assistant conductors at a variety of performances, including operas, orchestras, and wind ensembles. Experience the music-making of maestros, famous conductors invited from both within Japan and from overseas.
Overseas training is required, and students will experience a number of different ensemble formats, from solos and chamber music to concertos and so on. This course of study will expand students’ abilities to be active professionally in a number of fields, including as solo pianists, chamber musicians, and corépétiteurs.
Through practicing with a variety of ages, including internships teaching students of music classes affiliated with this institution, mock beginner to advanced adult lessons, and so on, students will develop practical teaching abilities.
Piano Music Creator
Students will gain an understanding of the characteristics of piano music. With a view of new music transmission fusing production utilizing media and musical expression, students also have the possibility to learn popular jazz piano to be added to practical voice or instrumental skills.
Students will gain an understanding of music theory, and acquire performance abilities supported by knowledge of solfège. This course will provide a number of spaces for practice, including mini concerts, lecture concerts, pipe organ performances outside of the institution, and so on.
In solo work, students will practice original musical expression, including writing one’s own work, arrangement, and improvisation. In ensemble work, students will perform together with acoustic instruments and pursue the possibilities of new musical expressions. In addition to solos, students will learn accompaniment for opera, ballet, popular music, and jazz.
Strings,Winds and Percussions Performance
Students will acquire the abilities necessary to be active as performers in a variety of fields, including in solos, chamber music, and concerts. Students are able to learn practical skills, such as from concerto soloists and recital planning to the stage performances. Students can take up to 90 minutes of individual practical lessons per week.
Strings,Winds and Percussions
In addition to improving abilities in individual major course of study instruments through lessons and gaining abilities in concerts, chamber music, and other ensembles, this course of study will allow students to develop future career goals while acquiring music theory, knowledge of solfège, music education, liberal arts, and so on. This is a course of study for a wide range of careers, including performers, teachers, and so on.
This is for the individuals aiming to become professional performers in wind symphonies, instructors of wind music, teachers, and so on. This is a course of study to train specialists to be active in the wind symphony music through the practical study of conducting and teaching methods in addition to lessons in major course of study instruments.
Upon systematically and correctly acquiring the basics of vocalization focused on the bel canto style, an abundant number of performance opportunities will be provided, both in and outside of the institution. While learning directly from leading international artists, students will hone their skills as vocalists that can perform at an international level with rich international studies from numerous hands-on performances.
Students will learn from the basics to highly specialized skills via practical lessons, and will also be able to experience a variety of ensembles, including combos, big bands, and so on. Through the practical repetition of music production processes such as composition and arrangement, ensembles, recording, and concerts, students will gain rich abilities in performing and expression.
Students will acquire the skills necessary to become professionals, from the basics to advanced applied skills. Students will learn sound design and chord progress theories, and further comprehensively improve expressive abilities through composition and arrangement, recording, concerts, and other ensemble experiences and music production.
Department of Music and Arts Management
Students will earn a comprehensive education on the basics of music and performing arts and management with a curriculum accredited by the US-based Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE). This course of study features practical classes, as internships at professional organizations and performances produced by the students themselves. The first studying course ever in Japan specialized in arts management, and has a history of more than 20 years. Many of its graduates are now active in the industry.
Students will gain rich experience through performances of various genres in theaters and studios, both in and outside of this institution, including at the “Teatro Giglio Showa,” which features the latest equipment. Students will be able to improve their abilities as creators while also working on independent projects.
Students will be able to practice in all areas of health care, welfare, and education in sessions at this institution’s “Andante music therapy room“ for children with disabilities, outside medical facilities, welfare facilities, educational facilities, and so on. In order to acquire the performance skills necessary for music therapists, students are able to complete practical lessons in piano, voice, strings, wind, and percussion.
Students will study the basics of the singing, dancing, and acting necessary to perform in professional performances, and will further learn a wide range of specialized skills. Students will study a number of prepared performances, and will acquire the skills to perform at the professional level after graduation.
Students will master individual ballet techniques while also further studying a specialized curriculum necessary for ballet teachers. This course will train students to be able to teach proper ballet techniques while improving their own performance abilities.
Music Liberal Arts
Students will gain a wide-ranging knowledge concerning composers, music pieces, music genres, and so on, and study a wide range of topics connecting with music. Students can decide on their own method of completing the course, including piano, voice, instrumental music, composition, jazz and popular music, and ballet, depending on students’ diverse learning backgrounds.
Showa College of Music＜Two-year term＞
Department of Music
This course of study is characterized by a 40-year tradition of carefully teaching a limited number of students according to their unique characters. Not only does it include individual lessons, but it also has the attractive opportunity of gaining stage experience in eight recitals over the two-year period.
This course of study offers an attractive curriculum that allows students to comprehensively improve their “music ability” without sticking to particular musical genres or performance styles.
Strings,Winds and Percussions
In addition to learning major course of study instruments through individual lessons, ensembles, etc., students will acquire a wideranging knowledge of music theory, solfège, and so on in order to set future career goals. In addition, those students with already advanced abilities aiming to become performers can take the twoyear period to focus on a major course of study instrument.
This is for the individuals aiming to become professional performers in wind symphonies, instructors of wind music, teachers, and so on. In addition to lessons in major course of study instruments, students will learn ensembles and teaching methods, and acquire knowledge that will prove helpful in wind symphony performances and teaching.
Students will acquire the necessary skills as vocalists in a two-year period through lessons by teachers of this institution that boast experience in vocal education. These skills can be used in future music work.
Music Liberal Arts
Students are able to learn about a wide range of music arts genres, from instrumental music to voice, ballet, and popular music. This course of study offers the attractive ability to study a total of three instruments (one major course of study instrument & two minor course of study instruments).
This course of study is also geared for those who wish to enjoy chorus while focusing on chorus teacher training. By combining specialist knowledge and skills, students will develop the ability to produce rich ensembles.
Students will learn basic composition techniques for classica and popular music, and will also acquire the digital skills necessary for music production.
By taking lessons from leading teachers, students will be able to acquire high-level skills and knowledge. Students will gain experience in a number of different opportunities, including combos, big bands, and other ensembles. Students will develop free musical expression, taking advantage of their own unique characters.
By coming in contact with a variety of styles of music,students will pursue musical expression that takes advantage of their own unique characters. Students will not only learn specialized skills, but also gain comprehensive knowledge,including on music theory and songwriting.
By creating a daily system of several practical subjects, this course of study ensures lesson time to acquire skills. Students will improve their sensibilities through practice, including demonstrations and graduation performances, and will develop rich expressive abilities and an artistic sense. Learned together to aid in acquiring practical abilities are anatomy and ballet music exercises.
Music and Society
This is a course of study for senior citizens who loves music, and is open to those with rich music experience, those who want to learn more, those who want to re-learn, and so on. Specialized subjects are prepared to deepen students’ knowledge, refine performing skills, and heighten creativity so that students can enjoy music even more.
Showa Graduate School of Music
Master’s Degree Programs ＜Two-year term＞
Musical Arts Major
Vocal Music Performance
In Vocal Music Performance, students will acquire advanced vocal techniques through vocal ensembles and songs in five languages (from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan). Students will aim to expand future possibilities and to move forward onto the international stage as vocalists.
In the Opera Course, students will undertake two years of comprehensive research in both theory and the practice. You can make a full use of a rich opera tradition and experience which we can offer. Your research is presented at the end of the course in the final performance stage.
Piano / Strings, Winds, Percussions / Electronic Organ
For the Piano, Strings, Winds, Percussions and Electronic Organ as the principle instrument, you are offered an environment to pursue advanced musical studies in performance to become a professional soloist and a chamber musician. For the pianists, accompaniment training in vocal, opera and ballet are included in the program.
ConductingComposition / Conducting
For Composition as the principle study, you will undertake research on various compositional styles and genres closely associated with current music scene. For Conducting, the research will cover both operas and orchestral works.
Music and Arts Management Major
In the Arts Management Course, we aim to train professionals who will take an active role in supporting arts and cultural activities. You are provided with specialized practical training both within and out of Graduate School to conduct their research. Our program can also offer a research on cultural policy in performing arts, as well as full-experience of making and producing Opera production.
In Music Therapy, a new curriculum has been established (Nov. 2015) that allows students to obtain examination qualification for the Japanese Music Therapy Association Certified Music Therapist examination (assistant) for the first time at a Japanese graduate school. This is aimed at training practitioners and researchers in the fields of health care, welfare, and education. This is pioneering music therapy education. Taking advantage of the diverse experiences gathered at this university, complete with music therapy training facilities, students will acquire highly specialized knowledge, music therapy technical skills, and research abilities based on practice.
Showa Graduate School of Music
Doctoral Degree Programs＜Three-year term＞
Musical Arts Major
Field of Musical Arts
In the area of the vocal music, instrumental performance and composition, there are two inseparable components which you must improve in quality: musical performance and academic study. Our D.M.A. program is designed to provide opportunities to study musicological methodologies and to gain a broad knowledge while acquiring the advanced performance technique for your area of specialization. Eventually, each student must write a dissertation in addition to either completing the performance of a recital or submitting compositions.
Field of Arts Management and Music Therapy
Students will carry out advanced academic research in the fields of performing arts, policy research, performing arts management, and music therapy. Students will not only deepen their knowledge and insights on art and culture of music, but will learn methodologies to carry out interdisciplinary research from wide perspective. In addition, through discussions and research presentations, students will develop skills, such as debating an issue and pioneering new fields with accurate understanding of society’s needs. Students are required to complete a doctoral dissertation.