• Music Artist Programs
    Major Area // Bass〔2 Years〕Careers in Music

MI Tokyo teaching a new generation of bassist
with decades of teaching experience & world-class curriculum.

Enroll in the best bass classes in Japan! MI’s Bass programs have been setting the standard for contemporary bass education in bass colleges for over 40 years in the world. Under the direction of a top class teaching staff of professional bassists, you’ll develop the techniques, musicianship and technological expertise. You will get playing experience to handle any style, from funk to rock, jazz, latin, R&B and more, while you also unlock your unique playing style.


Fundamental Techniques

  • Course
  • Contents of Class
  • Descriptions
Techniques Contents of Class:Bass Techniques An instructor guides students in developing technique, musicianship and style. Students develop fundamental technical approaches to a variety of popular styles. This course covers techniques for finger-style bass playing, slap-style bass playing, including correct posture, hand positioning, with a concentration on versatile approaches to standard rhythms, grooves and feels.
Performance Contents of Class:Ensemble The aim of this course is to develop learners’ abilities to work together in musical ensembles. This course deals with the communication aspects of performance: in planning, preparation, and the performance itself. It includes approaches to structured ensemble practice; fine tuning of arrangement, and the production of appropriate tones and sounds.
Rhythm Reading Workout Contents of Class:Rhythm Training This course is designed to give Performance Program students a solid foundation in reading rhythms. Students will focus solely on understanding rhythmic notation and subdividing basics, reading rhythm deals with the understanding of rhythm concepts.
Digital Audio Workstation Contents of Class:Digital Music This course is an introduction to digital audio technology as an essential tool for the creation of computer-based recordings. Students learn intuitive set-up procedures and use of controllers and DAWs.
This course is the study and application of mixing techniques, with emphasis on audio processing using effects plug-ins.
Keyboard Proficiency Contents of Class:Keyboards Keyboard Proficiency serves as an introduction to contemporary keyboard technique. Through the study of physical posture, finger technique, diatonic scales & chord progressions, this course will enable students to develop the necessary motor skills require for using the keyboard both as a performing instrument and compositional tool.
Reading Contents of Class:Bass Reading This course introduces the novice reader to the basic elements of music reading in bass clef, including rhythmic subdivisions, pitch identification, introduced to time signature studies and position playing on all four strings and scale forms.
This course designed to mimic the “”real world”” scenario of tracking bass in a studio.
Harmony & Theory Contents of Class:Music Theory This course is the study of popular music composition devices and their foundation in basic music theory. This is accomplished through the analysis of popular harmonic structures, melodies, and various common rhythmic patterns.
Ear Training Contents of Class:Ear Training This course is an introduction to ear training, techniques, which can be used within popular music. This is accomplished through the technique of matching specific pitches, major scale melodies, and melodic intervals. In ear training students are developing their inner ear, the ability to accurately hear and identify musical elements in their head while reading, listening to, and thinking about music.
Music Business Contents of Class:Music Business This course will introduce aspiring artists to the business side of music. It covers the key areas and issues artists should be aware of when creating and marketing music, developing their careers, selecting artist-team members, seeking industry attention, and entering into contractual relationships. It will present, in a realistic way, what it takes to stand out, protect vital interests and ultimately be successful in the music business today.
Songwriting Contents of Class:Composing & Lyric Writing Fundamentals of comtemporary music creation, including song structure, tempo, lyrics, melody, harmony, rhythmic elements, and subjective emotional qualities.
Students anylyze influential artists and styles, learn to compose genre-specific grooves and melodic phrases.
English Communication Contents of Class:English Communication Students will develop their fluency through a range of speaking activities.
Aim to introduce vocabulary related to music topics.

Special lectures

  • Course
  • Contents of Class
  • Descriptions
LPW(Live Playing Workshop) Contents of Class:Wide range of opportunities to gain valuable performing experienceEnsemble LPWs provide students with a wide range of opportunities to gain valuable performing experience by concentrating in one area or by sampling a variety of styles and musical setting.
Develop stage-ready live performing skills in contemporary styles from blues, jazz, fusion, rock, funk, hard rock, heavy metal, and J-Pop.
Open Counseling Contents of Class:Personalized Open counseling connects you to the best counseling no matter what is your major or grade. Small class sizes, private lessons and open counseling sessions mean you get personalized attention and guidance from a variety of instructors.
Elective Contents of Class:Electives Electivies are meant to be fun and interesting. You can go in the other direction of what your major is or take classese that meld with your major. They can be an immense benefit to your professional career.

Time / period

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Time / period Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
9:30-11:00 Technique Harmony & Theory Performance Digital Audio Workstation Ear Training Studio Rental
11:15-12:45 R.R.W (1st term)Songwriting (2nd term) English Communication Reading Music Business Keyboard Proficiency
12:45-13:30     Lunch Time    
13:30-14:15     Open Counseling    
14:30-16:00     Live Playing Workshop    
16:15-17:45     Elective      
18:00-20:00     Studio Rental    

* Timetable is subject to change.

PICK UP! Elective『Rock Style Bassline』


Education & Credits: After graduating from MI Hollywood, Kota supported various artists around the west coast of the U.S.A. After returning to Japan, he is involved in bands, artist support actively.

What do I learn at this elective course?
Distribute a score in advance. Let students think of fundamental technical approaches through set of performance notes for each player. Students develop fundamental technical approaches including further development of practical performing techniques.

Featured Faculty

Keisuke Furuya

【PROFILE】 A bassist who performs various genres while focusing on rock.
Participating in live recordings of a wide range of artists including animation song, J-pop and rock.

Mitsuo Kouno

【PROFILE】 Education: Graduated MI Hollywood
Credits: Sing Like Talking, Lab-Si Va Support musicians such as Ayaka, PUFFY, Naotaro Moriyama, Masahiko Kondo, Kinki Kids, Arashi and Mayo Okamoto