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MI COLLEGE OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TOKYO

For Prospective International Students

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

MI’s vocal program is designed to build your technique and stylistic identity as well as gain confidence in your abilities, plus train you to be a tech-savvy industry professional.
Take the skills you develop in classes directly to the stage; learning not only how to sing, but how to communicate effectively with a live audience.
MI’s unique creative performing environment challenges you to expand the limits of your vocals, while creating and exploring your own stylistic identity.

PROGRAM

  • Course
  • Course Descriptions
  • Course Descriptions
Technique Course Descriptions:Vocal Technique An introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the voice. Topics include: vocal physiological terminologies, breathing and breath management (and how it affects the act of singing), effective practice habits, registers and efficient phonation techniques.
Performance Course Descriptions:Ensemble Emphasis is placed on taking a leadership role withing the group along with all aspects of being a polished professional performer, such as phrasing, stylistic interpretation, use of props, stage presence, image, communication with the band, and creation and explanation of quality charts.
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:Sight-reading This course is an introduction to sight-reading and sightsinging for the vocalist. Topics include: an overview of music notation, the basic elements of written music, major scales, intervals, ties, dotted notes, warm-ups, simple diatonic melodies with whole rhythmic patterns.
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『How to Prepare for a Live Vocal Performance』

Itō Risa [Featured Faculty]

PROFILE▶︎ Graduated MI Hollywood, a backgroud singer.

What Do You Learn from the vocal performance class?
Life Performance study is the secret success for many contemporary vocal artists. Live Performance is an introductory course designed to teach you how to make your voice sound more powerful, how to use vocal technique to expand your range and expression, and how to become more confident in vocal performances. This course is a fantastic starting point for anyone wanting to make the most of their voice.
What Do You Do in the class?
This course contiues the development and execution of melodic ornamentation (vocabulary embellishment, improvisation, inflection) through the study of rock, R&B or pop vocal performance techniques. Therefore, these genres’ harmonic subtleties and melodic vocabulary will be presented in great detail.

Featured Faculty

Watanabe Manabu

The human body is a music instrument. Let’s start exploring communication possibilities with the world around us, using music.
【PROFILE】 Vocal, Captain Tsubasa J, 1994.
CREDITS: Steve Lukather, David Garfield etc.

NOV

Let’s do deep learning for music for 2 years at MI Tokyo.
【PROFILE】 Vocal. AION~VOLCANO~, Jigoku Quartet (Vocal) Author of various vocal instructional books including “Mechanical exercise phrases from hell. (Jigoku no Mechanical Training Phrases)
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