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MI COLLEGE OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TOKYO

For Prospective International Students

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

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.

PROGRAM

  • Course
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Descriptions
Technique Course Descriptions:Bass Technique 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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions: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 Course Descriptions:English Communication Students will develop their fluency through a range of speaking activities.
Aim to introduce vocabulary related to music topics.
LPW(Live Playing Workshop) Course Descriptions:Live Performance Workshop Students perform in a variety of styles and settings. Develop stage-ready live performing skills in contemporary styles from blues, jazz and fusion to rock, funk, R&B, soul, hard rock, heavy metal and J-Pop.
Elective Course Descriptions: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.
Open Counseling Course Descriptions: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.

Time / period

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Time / period Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30-10:15 Technique Digital Audio Workstation Reading English Communication R.R.W.(1st semester) Songwriting (2nd semester)
10:15-11:00 Technique Digital Audio Workstation Reading English Communication R.R.W.(1st semester) Songwriting (2nd semester)
11:15-12:00 Keyboard Proficiency Harmony & Theory Performance Music Business Harmony & Theory
12:00-12:45 Keyboard Proficiency Ear Training Performance Music Business Ear Training
12:45-13:30          
13:30-14:15 Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective
14:15-15:00 Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective
15:15-16:00 LPW-A LPW-B LPW-C LPW-D LPW-E
16:00-16:45 LPW-A LPW-B LPW-C LPW-D LPW-E
17:00-17:45 Open Counseling Open Counseling Open Counseling Open Counseling Open Counseling
18:00-18:45 Studio Rental
18:45-19:30

※The class timetables are subject to change.

PICK UP! ELECTIVE『KOTA style Rock Basslines』

KOTA [Featured Faculty]

PROFILE▶︎ After graduating from MI Hollywood, Kota supported various artists around the west coast of the U.S.A. After returning to Japan, he is actively involved in bands as a supporting artist.

What Do You Learn from KOTA style Rock Bass?
This course concentrates on specific bass techniques including two-handed tapping, three-ringer picking and slap technique.
Includes extensive transcriptions and written examples.
What Do You Do in the class?
Study of bass guitar techniques, with a focus on versatile approaches to standard rhythms, grooves and feels. Students develop fundamentals technical approaches to a variety of styles. Lectures and discussions aimed at determining how they can avoid or minimize through negotiation or appropriate contract provisions.

Featured Faculty

Keisuke Furuya

Let’s grow and study together as a music companion!
【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.

Hiromi Watanabe

I will teach all my knowledge and experience that I have been learning in the field!
【PROFILE】 A professional career for over 30 years.
Credits: Izumiya Shigeru, Furusawa Iwawo, Agatsuma Hiromitsu, Kitajima Saburō
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