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

At MI Tokyo, drumming is a total-immersion experience-learn a new groove or fill during your drum class, and use it on stage that same day in front of your instructors and classmates. MI Tokyo’s Drum programs offer a diverse and practical approach to contemporary drum education.


Fundamental Techniques

  • Course
  • Contents of Class
  • Descriptions
Techniques Contents of Class:Drum Technique The transition of essential rudiments from the practice pad to the drum set is essential for all drummers in order to build up enough knowledge and stick control. Creatively and functionality is developed through technique building.
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, and the understanding of rhythm concepts.
Students will focus solely on understanding rhythmic notation and subdividing basics.
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:Drum Reading This course presents introductory fundamentals of singleline and drum set reading. Students learn notation basics, basic note and rest values, subdividing, and sight-reading skills.
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 presents the essential reading fundamentals needed by professional-level drummers: lead sheet interpretation, drum set orchestration, sight-reading and ensemble figure set-up fill development.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 contemporary music creation, including song structure, tempo, lyrics, melody, harmony, rhythmic elements, and subjective emotional qualities.Students analyze 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 Music Business Keyboard Proficiency Studio Rental
11:15-12:45 Digital Audio Workstation English Communication R.R.W (1st term)Songwriting (2nd term) Reading Ear Training
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.


Koyama Takahiro

Credits: Saito Kazuyoshi, Nagai Mariko, Oe Senri, Hiroyuki Satō, MASAKI

What do I learn at this elective course?
Emphasizing stylistic rhythm section textures and applied techniques. Emphasis is placed on hand ring variations in typical song form.What Do You Do at the class?The course starts with teaching the basics, such as the concept of time, how to develop proper grip, playing area, and sound, and how to achieve balance and evenness between your hands. You will perform helpful strengthening and dexterity exercises and explore drum rudiments, including the double stroke roll, single stroke roll. You will develop basic snare drum reading skills and how to interpret drum set charts, including various time signatures.

Featured Faculty


【PROFILE】 Credits: SADS, The Jigoku(hell) Quartet, SUNS OWL, Kuroyume, B’z Publications: Jigoku No Mechanical Training Phrase

Hiroaki Noguchi

【PROFILE】 Education: Graduated MI Tokyo Credits: TRICK BOX Taught girls bands produced by Hataka (Sharan Q), Hideki Samejima (ex. HOUND DOG)Support musician artist recording and live.