• Music Artist Programs
    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 vocal instrument while creating and exploring your own stylistic identity.”



  • Course
  • Contents of Class
  • Descriptions
Techniques Contents of Class: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 Contents of Class: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 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: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 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 R.R.W (1st term)Songwriting (2nd term) Reading Digital Audio Workstation Studio Rental
11:15-12:45 Keyboard Proficiency English Communication Performance Music Business 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.

PICK UP! ELECTIVE『How to Prepare for a Live Vocal Performance』

Itō Risa

Graduated MI Hollywood, a backgroud singer.Now playing a keyboard as well.

What do I learn at this elective course?
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


【PROFILE】 NOV mede his debit in AION in 1991, follwed by VOLCANO and made his overseas debut. AION~VOLCANO~, Jigoku Quartet (Vocal) Author of various vocal instructional books including “Mechanical exercise phrases from hell. (Jigoku no Mechanical Training Phrases)

Michiko Ai

【PROFILE】 After her debut in Teichiku Records in 1991, she acted in movies, dramas, and commercials. She also writes and composes lyrics for other artists and talents. After undertaking voice training in New York, Ms. Ai teaches amateurs to professional aspirants, children to seniors, as well a performing live shows and concerts.