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MI COLLEGE OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TOKYO

For Prospective International Students

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

In 1977 the Guitar course of Musicians Institute revolutionized contemporary music education with the first full-time program to offer hands-on professional training for the electric guitarist. Over three decades later, MI remains the leader in guitar education, with a unique system that combines technical, creative and professional development in a performance-based program.
At MI Tokyo, you learn from a proven curriculum taught by the best guitar instructors in the world, augmented by visiting artists’ seminars, concerts, and lessons from some of the greatest players in contemporary music. At our guitar course, you get to network with other players, find your creative sound, and get the training you need to become the player you have always dreamed of being.

PROGRAM

  • Course
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Descriptions
Technique Course Descriptions:Guitar Technique This course is an introduction to the basic fretting and picking techniques, the layout of the guitar fretboard, basic chords, chord progressions, and a general introduction to the most common solo and rhythm guitar approaches.
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:Guitar Reading This course introduces the fundamentals of music reading and the basic terminology used in written notation. The emphasis will be placed on how to read single-note lines in open position, key signatures and accidentals, how to navigate a basic chart, plus the chromatic note names and their position on the neck.
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. Ths course aims 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 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 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 Guitar Technique Digital Audio Workstation Reading English Communication R.R.W.(1st semester) Songwriting (2nd semester)
10:15-11:00 Guitar 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『Pentatonic Scale』

Hideyuki Ohashi [Featured Faculty]

PROFILE▶︎ After graduating from MI Tokyo, he has been participating in several bands activities.
CREDITS: KUROYUME, KIYOHARU, ROOTFIVE

What Do You Learn from Pentatonic Scale?
This hands-on class focuses on the recognition and transcription of pentatonic scales.
Simple major and minor pentatonic melodies in a variety of musical styles are used to develop ad-lib.
What Do You Do in the class?
The purpose of this study is to help guitarists learn how to better improve within a key center. The goal is to be able to start a phrase from any position on the guitar neck and be able to move to any other position on the guitar neck.

Featured Faculty

Kyotaro Zenmyo

We believe that the best colleges with guitar programs should have the right facilities and outstanding staff of Tokyo guitarists who bring practical, up-to-date experience directly to the classroom.
【PROFILE】 As soon as Mr. Zenmyo finished his high school, he became a roadie of a studio musicians duo act. Learnt guitar playing skills and music from his work and became an instructor of MI Tokyo. Continues to pass on enthusiasm and motivation everyday!!

Masato Enami

MI Tokyo welcomes any students who want to improve guitar playing! You will find answers and solutions at MI Tokyo.
【PROFILE】 Graduated from MI Hollywood. Returned to Japan after various music activities abroad. Besides teaching at MI Tokyo, Masato Enami is a renowned musician making music with famous artists.
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