088VoiceProgram DescriptionOver many years, the Voice program has produced a great number of professional singers who are active both in Japan and abroad. Today, faculty with rich experiences in this program, including visiting foreign professors who are internationally acclaimed artists, strive to cultivate professional singers of the next generation. Each year the program sends promising new graduates out into the world. In the Voice program, from the rst year, students will receive an intensive instruction in private lessons, that enables them to nurture individual sensibilities and to acquire solid performance skills. Along with these lessons, junior students will study the Basics of Opera and Opera Part Singing courses as requirements. Based on these, senior students have to take the Opera Studies course in which they further develop solid skills essential for professional singers. Students at the program are also required to take foreign language courses in which they study comprehensive grammar and reading. In the course Language of Musical Art, they will learn pronunciation and interpretation of lyrics with native speakers according to their needs.Instrumental Music PianoProgram DescriptionEver since the Pianoforte came into being in the mid-18th century, it has continuously supported the historical development of Western music. A vast number of pieces have been composed for the piano with a rich variety of avors and styles.To prepare students as professional pianists, the Instrumental Music (Piano) program oers an intensive education through individual private lessons. During four years, students are expected to comprehend the distinctive musical style of each period, from Baroque to contemporary. In solo piano courses which are considered as a core of the curriculum, students are required to take an examination of their performance abilities, and on occasions that is taken place as a recital. Students will accumulate their musical experiences and improve their applied skills through a variety of courses such as vocal and instrumental accompaniments, duet, chamber music, and other music ensembles. Also, there are frequent performance opportunities both on and o campus.The Instrumental Music (Piano) faculty are dedicated to excellence in instruction by making use of their expertise so that they can respond to the willingness, potential, and inquiry of students. The support of the faculty provide students with musicianship that will carry over into their professional careers. To foster the musical imagination of each student through attainment of the highest level of musical prociency, the program invites internationally renowned artists who teach undergraduate and graduate students. Also, there are special lectures in every academic year to broaden musical disciplines of students.Instrumental Music StringsProgram DescriptionThe Instrumental Music (Strings) program gives students to acquire a high level of technical prociency in their instruments. It also provides instruction for students to comprehend the distinctive musical style of each period, from Baroque to contemporary. All the faculty members engage in professional musical activities, and at the same time they are devoted teachers.The Strings program is characterized by its emphasis on ensemble education. In addition to solo repertoire, students are encouraged to study and practice chamber music, string ensembles, and orchestral pieces. That enables them to familiarize themselves with a wide ensemble repertoire and to experience the depth of chamber music. Initially, lessons in chamber music classes focus on string quartets. After learning the fundamentals of ensemble performance through string quartets, students will participate in a large string ensemble. This experience is a prerequisite for later orchestral classes. Many students hope to join professional orchestras in the future. There are many graduates who are already in professional orchestras, including major orchestras in all parts of Japan; not only that, an increasing number of recent graduates have joined Western orchestras.Throughout history, music has been one of the most powerful means of communication. It moves and enlightens us and enriches our lives. It is our sincere desire that each student continues to grow through their uncompromising quest for excellence in both performing and teaching.Instrumental Music Winds and PercussionProgram DescriptionFrom the moment that people discovered they could produce sound by blowing into plant stalks or beating pieces of wood together, human wisdom and longing for “beauty” and “color” in sound have given birth to what are classed as wind and percussion instruments today. In Japan, the development of music for the wind and percussion instrument over the past half-century has been unprecedentedly remarkable.The goal of the Winds and Percussion program is to cultivate performers and instructors of the future who have a solid technique, a wide range of knowledge, and above all, a love for music. To achieve this goal, we have devised a practical curriculum. In the University’s unique course Winds and Percussion Fundamentals, students acquire the basic knowledge needed by wind and percussion performers. In this course, they study the characteristics of each instrument. For better understanding of other instruments, small ensemble groups are formed to allow students to arrange and perform any choice of music as they wish. In addition, they are expected to study and familiarize themselves with orchestral repertoire.Using this foundation as a basis, student’s abilities are further rened in courses such as Winds and Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, and Chamber Music. Internationally acclaimed performers and researchers are also invited for special lectures.