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■ 2-YEAR & 3-YEAR COURSE CURRICULUM [Diploma (Postsecondary Course (Culture and General Education))]

Students will gain knowledge and practical skills pertaining to their field of study by participating in actual events. During their program, students are encouraged to play an active role in these events by creating and performing their own compositions, and participating in concerts and recitals in an effort to acclimate themselves to the type of environment they will enter upon graduation.

■ 4-YEAR COURSE CURRICULUM [Advanced Diploma (Postsecondary Course (Culture and General Education))]

Students completing the four-year course will be able to compose as well as perform, and will possess a broad knowledge of the music industry. Four-year course students are taught with the expectation that they will become leaders in the music industry. They will build upon the skills learned in the first two years and refine them in the second half of the program. Note: It is possible to transfer to the four-year course from the two- year course.

Departments Term/Student Capacity Majors
Vocal 2-year / 80
  • Vocal
Professional Musician 2-year / 100
  • Singer & Songwriter
  • Band Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
Jazz & Popular 2-year / 40
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Keyboard
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
Arrangement & Composition 2-year / 80
  • Songwriting
  • Screen Music / Music for Visual Production
  • Digital Music
Music Business 2-year / 80
  • CD / Music Production
  • Concert & Live Performance Production
  • Production Management
  • Mass Communication / Writer / Editor
Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production 2-year / 100
  • Concert PA
  • Recording
  • Stage Lighting
  • Visual Production
Voice Actor (Voice Over) 2-year / 60
  • Voice Actor (Voice Over)
Dance 2-year / 40
  • Dance
Musical 2-year / 40
  • Musical
Piano 2-year / 40
  • Piano
  • Popular Piano
Wind, String, & Percussion 2-year / 50
  • Wind, String, & Percussion
    Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Bassoon / Saxophone / Trumpet / Horn / Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba / Percussion / Violin / Viola / Cello / Contrabass / Harp
2-year / 30
  • Wind Instruments & Marching Band
    Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Bassoon / Saxophone / Trumpet / Horn / Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba / Percussion / Contrabass / Color Guard
Comprehensive Music 4-year / 60
  • Vocal
  • Piano (Piano / Popular Piano)
  • Electric Organ
  • Wind, String, & Percussion
  • Jazz & Popular
    (Guitar / Bass / Drums / Keyboard / Saxophone / Trumpet / Trombone)
  • Arrangement & Composition



Learn everything from the basics of singing to stage performances. Turn ‘habits’ into ‘individuality’. Bring out your own personal charms at SHOBI.
SHOBI’s Vocal Department values the “love for singing.” Starting from the essentials such as professional vocal training and stage performances, we promise to provide you with the skill-sets necessary to improve your skills and become an excellent vocalist. We place great importance on education that does not lose sight of the “origin of singing” but remain sensitive to modern times while not being affected by trends. Everyone’s voice is unique in this world so why not learn to move others with your voice?.


  1. A combination of normal classes and personal lessons to refine your vocal technique and create a solid foundation for performing.
  2. Students will learn the basics of stage performance in their first year; during their second year, students will learn methods to incorporate their own style into their performance.
  3. Students have a chance to participate in many types of outside of school auditions and events throughout the year. Many events continue to be available after graduation.


  1. Various audition opportunities
    Practical examinations are carried out four times a year as well as two public auditions in the spring and autumn where individuals from major record labels and other music-related businesses will be in attendance as judges.
  2. Opportunities to record songs and create music videos with students from other departments.
    Many opportunities are available for collaborating with other departments that will help build the skills important to becoming a professional vocalist such as studio recordings, music video production, making artist photos etc.
  3. Events to improve ability:
  • April:Alumni Honors Student Live
  • April:New Student Welcome Live
  • July:Fresh Live
  • October:Self-Produced Live
  • December:Christmas Live
  • March:Graduation Live

TEACHER'S VOICE: KOSHIKAWA, Kiyomi (Head of the Vocal Department)

“One’s true self comes out in singing, refine a better you.”

To improve your voice is to improve yourself. While it might also be the same for sports, “singing” as a musical expression is really profound. To a singer, technique and knowledge is akin to the physical and mental care required for an athlete. It is all the hard work that you put in on a daily basis that will move a listener. An important part of conveying these words is the ability to communicate. Only through connecting with others, will you be able to master the art of ‘genuine socialism’. We place an importance on not only the technical aspects, but also on educating our students about this art of ‘genuine socialism’. Firstly, prepare yourself to jump into the “love of music.” Let’s search for the hidden talents you have in your voice together.


As an artist and as a band member, communicate your original music to the world.
SHOBI’s curriculum is designed to support the professional musicians and artists who think “I want to speak through my own music.”
We have implemented a hands-on learning environment that teaches important skills such as stage presence, auditioning, and live performances.


  1. The aim is to create original compositions. Songs compiled in the department CD: GET MUSIC will be distributed to music company professionals.
  2. Through ensemble practice, students experience “communication through sound” and are able to take their playing to the next level.
  3. Auditions and live stage performances within and outside of SHOBI. Seize the chance to become a professional.


SHOBI has its own curriculum that aims to create relations with the business world and create opportunities through auditions.

Main Concerts and Events (2015)

  • April:Welcome College Live for New Students
  • May :First Step Audition
  • May :Department Live
  • June:First Step Audition
  • July:July:Department Live
  • July:First Step Audition
  • September:Department Live
  • September:First Step Audition
  • October:First Step Audition
  • November:First Step Audition
  • December:Department Live
  • December:First Step Audition
  • January:First Step Audition
  • February:Department Live
  • February:Rise Up Audition (Second Audition)
  • March:Rise Up Audition (Final)
  • April:Graduation Live

TEACHER'S VOICE: KOMIYAMA, Hiroyuki (Head of the Professional Musician Department)

“There are a lot of things only obtained through practice.”

SHOBI is a technical school, so it’s a place to learn technical things. I want to get you to do things at SHOBI that only a technical school can teach you. In terms of the Professional Musician Department, that means getting as much live experience as possible whether it is inside or outside of school. The best thing about the experience you gain from this kind of performance is that you come to understand the pressure of peforming.
Once students graduate, they will understand the weight of being a professional. While they are studying at SHOBI, it is very important for them to grasp this understanding. There will be difficulty and times where you are feeling low due to the pressures of performing, and it is our duty as teachers to remind our pupils that it’s all part of the reality of being a professional musician.
If you feel like you want to give up yet also possess a passion for music, then there is undoubtedly room for you to grow.


Curriculum designed to have you performing at a professional level in two years. A wealth of stage experience acquired on and off campus will guide your path to becoming professional.
The focal point of SHOBI’s message “What is a good musician?” brings up the next generation “musical craftsmen” into the music scene.
In this department, you will learn Jazz, Pop, Funk, Latin, and other genres through a hands-on curriculum along with other technology and theory. This will allow you to become a competitive and multitalented artist that can perform at a variety of venues and who will be able to create onsite..


  1. Indivisual private lessons are tailored to polish performance skills. There are also ensemble practices where students are able to cultivate their ability to make conversation with sound.
  2. Through various performance opportunities students acquire real-life experience that can be only gained through being on stage.
  3. By learning about music theory, various artists, and songs, students will gain knowledge that enables them to play many different types of music.


  1. Experience the skills of professionals
    There are courses that cover professional players that are actively performing.
  2. Collaborate with other departments to strengthen and implement learnt skills.
    Together with students from the Voice Actor Department, Vocal Department, Dance Department, Musical Department, etc., students will be able to experience and perform on various stages in order to increase their personal abilities.
  3. Music industry professionals are invited to the school for the Player's Audition, a department-held audition that can become a shortcut to debut.

TEACHER'S VOICE: TAKANO, Masakazu (Head of the Jazz & Popular Department)

“Study music with the enjoyment of learning a new trade”

Jazz is not difficult genre of music to get into. It is a freeing and beautiful global type of music. What does it mean to study “Jazz and Popular”? Well, there are two sides to studying Jazz and Popular. Firstly, the technical aspects such as reading and writing a music score, band accompaniment etc. The other side includes the performance aspects, such as adlibs, song arrangements, and originality. At SHOBI, we utilize a standard song as a base for learning the required technical aspects and skill sets. As well, students gain knowledge about music through learning the historical background of various genres of music. Through cooperation skills, flexibility, improvisations skills, etc., students will gain the tools they need to become an artist capable of performing great music.


For people that want to move listeners with the music they have composed.
“Musical Sensitivity, Production Techniques, and Production Ability.”
“I want to give an emotional experience to listeners with my original work.” SHOBI has created an environment to fulfill such thoughts and the knowledge required for composition and arrangement will be taught in-depth from the basics. While building upon one’s musical sensitivity and enjoying music, students will be able to become a genuine talent, a musician capable of working in various fields.


  1. Access to individualized private lessons to properly improve skills.
  2. Regardless of chosen major, learning starts at the base so students without experience can feel at ease and improve their knowledge and skills.
  3. Support available for those wishing to pursue a career as a composer or in related industries.
  4. Because of the extensive curriculum, students are able to learn about the genres of music they want to create completely.
  5. After choosing your course major in the second year, studying the genres of other majors is possible.
  • Songwriting Major: In the Songwriting major, learn about how to be both a Producer/Songwriter and a Singer-Songwriter. Learn not only how to create computer music, in Japan know as desktop music or DTM, and acoustic type brass/strings arrangements, but also band score writing and arranging. As well, through the department-run label ‘D-MAC RECORDS’, there is a chance for students to debut. For students aiming to be songwriters, producers, arrangers, and singer-songwriters.
  • Film Score Major: In the Film Score major, learn the techniques and knowledge required for movie, television, commercial (CM), and game and anime music creation and arrangement. Aside from learning how to write and arrange songs for various set-ups from small scale to full orchestras, students can gain knowledge in how to create music using DTM techniques and how to use multimedia software. These skills are necessary in this field. For students aiming to be a composer for movies, television, commercials, or stage music, and game/animation creators, orchestrators, etc.
  • Digital Music Major: In the Digital Music major, start with the learning the skills required for creation of high-level DTM, mixing (TD), manipulation, mastering, etc., that are required of a professional. Students will learn how to utilize both the hardware, software, and additional digital tools required to create music. Students will learn a variety of genres including creation of background music for singers, club music, etc., for students aiming to become a digital music composer/arranger, club DJ, track maker, manipulator, recording engineer etc.


  1. Record Label ‘D-MAC RECORDS’ http://www.shobi.ac.jp/d-mac/
    Student works selected through internal auditions will be released on compilation CDs, produced by SHOBI’s independent record label D-Mac RECORDS. The completed CD will be sold at major record/CD shops including HMV and Tower Records.
  2. Music Industry Auditions
    The Arrangement & Composition Department invites people from the music industry to auditions within the school. Students can personally appeal to scouts from the music industry, making use of the opportunity to become a composer/self-produced artist after graduation.
  3. Learn how to self-produce using Ustream and YouTube
    Using video sharing sites such as Ustream and YouTube, students can learn how to promote their original music using social media. To help promote students’ original works, SHOBI also airs an online program called “Youth Composer”, accessible at the following address: http://www.shobi.ac.jp/net-tv/pickup/2015.03/youth-composer.html.

TEACHER'S VOICE: INAMI, Hideo (Head of the Arrangement & Composition Department)

“It’s all about quality, bringing out your personality, and using it to its fullest potential.”

In our department, there are more than 30 teachers who specialize in a wide range of genres, meaning that students will have diverse options in terms of guidance with their own music. The departmental faculty covers everything from Pop, Rock, Classical, Electronica, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Metal, Ethnic Music, Club/Dance, Subculture, and Vocaloid to Contemporary Music. As such, within two years students in our program will learn to borrow from a wide range of influences to create their own music. Furthermore, students will be able to discover their own charms through one-on-one lessons and learn how to use their skills to touch people’s hearts.


Let’s start from a love for music. Aim to become even better partners to music artists.
A “Love of Music” is the starting point of your two years at the Music Business Department and to become good partners for artists is our main purpose. The teachers in the Music Business Department are all people who are currently working or have worked at the frontlines of the music industry in the past. They are your seniors in the music industry, here to help cultivate the next generation by providing support to each and every student.


  1. Practical curriculum that is relevant to the music industry that will help students find future employment. Teachers who have extensive connections within the music industry also follow up with the students’ progress in reaching their career goals. Furthermore, get a foot in the door for finding employment by attending the special training class offered by the Career Center which starts at the beginning of the first year.
  2. In combining the company training experience with the music industry, students study music business in a very practical way.
  3. The department-run project, KASUGA-GUMI covers concepts from searching for new talent to informational transmission through SNS.


  1. KASUGA-GUMI http://blog.goo.ne.jp/mb-kasuga
    KASUGA-GUMI is a project run completely by current SHOBI Music Business students. Live and CD production is all carried out by the Music Business Department under the name KASUGA-GUMI. KASUGA-GUMI also produces six more live concerts per year that are held at Shibuya O-Crest/O-WEST. They also produce the “free-paper” called ‘Recommender’ which is distributed in major record and CD shops and concert venues throughout Japan. From concert planning/production, advertising, and photography to event production, excluding external requests, all is carried out by students in the department.
  2. Over 90% Successful Employment Rate
    In 2014 the number of students from the Music Business Department that were successfully employed in the music industry reached 94%. In 2015, 91% of students were able to become employed.

TEACHER'S VOICE: OKAMOTO, Tadayoshi (Head of the Music Business Department)

“Having a proper mindset is one thing, but it’s really about just loving music.”

Whether it is production and concert planning or recording companies and mass communication, there are several ways to get involved with the music industry. The common thread between all of these methods is how you express your love of the music. If you have a passion for communicating this love through your work, I think you can realize your dreams of working in the music industry. There is no one way to express how much you love music.
The department project, KASUGA GUMI, is a way for students to explore their passions and gain unique experience in a music business learning environment; they learn things such as CD release management, concert planning and making informational magazines. May our students experience much, and through their journey discover what they truly wish to do.

Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production

Technique x Implementation x Creativity = Finding Employment and Becoming a Professional
Using your skills and creativity, challenge yourself in Japan.
In this department, we train students in four different fields, ‘Concert PA’, ‘Recording’, ‘Visual Production’, and ‘Lighting’, to become specialists in the their fields. At SHOBI within the 12 departments and 50 majors, student will gather together and through collaboration learn new skills. Being able to study at this kind of music skill school where everyone works together is significant to your students in the Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production Department.
As well, we will not only teach skills but also how to be creative through classes in planning, creation, and production. Using the skills and creativity learned in each major please continue to challenge yourself and find employment in Japan.


  1. Build a foundation in all 4 fields, and find the one most suits you.
  2. Experience dealing with all genres of music, and become a well-rounded PA.
  3. Use past experience and connect it directly.


  1. Concert PA Major
    Learn how to operate the equipment that is used at concerts, It is also possible to study concert planning and production within the offered curriculum.
  2. Recording Major
    While doing recording, being able to produce intuitively is essential. CD recording, film and DVD sound mixing, digital broadcasting will also be taught.
  3. Visual Production Major
    Learn the skills required for various fields in video production including television, film, commercials, promotional videos (PV), internet broadcasting, etc. The ability to plan and brainstorm, along with producing and directing, is also studied.
  4. Lighting Production Major
    A job in lighting production is the ability to completely control the level of perfection at a concert or event. It is not only skills in lighting production but also the ability to completely develop, plan, and produce; therefore these skills will also be studied.


SHOBI offers special courses and experiences that assist in finding employment.

  1. Experience as a PA outside of SHOBI
    Experience being a PA not only in live houses and halls but also for large-scale events held outside. This is not merely an assistant’s job – students run the stage using the various knowledge they are learning at SHOBI.
  2. Sound and Lighting for Dance and Musical Performances
    Students will experience controlling the sound and lighting for a real dance performance or musical. While thinking about the effect of lighting and production and proper timing and volume for sound, students will be able to personally experience working to create a stage,
  3. Marching Drill Lighting
    Manage the lighting for stage drills conducted inside and outside of the school. The ability to create lighting plans in accordance to the music while ensuring that it does not hinder the performance in any way is a requirement.
  4. Siena Wind Orchestra, Brain Co. Ltd Partnership
    Create the official video record for the Siena Wind Orchestra in cooperation with Brain Co. Ltd. Using the videos from brass band and orchestral concerts, students will use a provided band score to properly edit and cut the video to match the flow of the music.
  5. In 2014 the number of students from the our department that were successfully employed in the music industry reached 94%. In 2015, 90% of students were able to become employed.

TEACHER'S VOICE: KONDO, Tsuyoshi (Head of the Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production Department)

“Your life’s work is just beyond the point of what you love and what you wish to do.”

Simply standing on the stage is a way of expressing yourself in the music and entertainment industries, is it not? In the area of music and entertainment, you make the thing you love your work and one way to do that is in sound, lighting, and visual production. So first, ask yourself seriously how you would like to involve yourself with music.
To tell you the truth, most people who aspire to be in sound, lighting, and visual production start off with little to no experience. In our department, the first year is spent experiencing each of the four different study areas offered at SHOBI. This provides them with amble time to decide on which path they wish to take. If students don’t experience everything then, they will never be able to understand their individual capabilities.
By experiencing the expression of what you like, you will be able to discover what you really want to do.


Sing! Dance! Perform!
Nurture your true abilities with a curriculum where you are able to learn acting and music completely.
Currently, voice actors have become a necessity in various forms of media including as anime, foreign films, live, events etc. At SHOBI’s Voice Actor Department, we not only provide lessons on acting during voice overs and dubbing, but also vocalization and pronunciation required to support your acting. This curriculum aims to level up your physical ability so you can become the best voice actor possible. Furthermore, lessons are conducted in small groups in order to ensure that each and every student can get the guidance they require. There are also chances for hands-on experience through live performances, events, and CD recordings, as well as through collaboration with other departments. We offer a system that promises experiences even outside the classroom.


  1. Classes are taught by industry veterans that are still active in the industry.
  2. Because SHOBI is a comprehensive music school, students in the Voice Actor Department have opportunities to collaborate with other departments.
  3. Class sizes are limited so that students can have proper guidance from teachers.


  1. Various events to train multi-talented Voice Actors
    In the Voice Actor Department, various events take place throughout the two year program, such as the Anisong and Cosplay Live and the Performance Live. As well, students will have the chance to collaborate with other department lives where they will act as MC and gain various experiences. Using various experiences at SHOBI, graduate and become a voice actor and/or multi-talent.
  2. On-campus auditions and support
    Support is offered to students in order for them to be successful at their auditions. As well, many productions hold auditions at SHOBI so students may participate in auditions in an environment that is comfortable.

TEACHER'S VOICE: TAKIZAWA, Roko (Head of the Voice Actor Department)

“When something you want to say comes to mind, shout it out with all your heart!!”

"I want to use my voice to bring to life to anime and video game characters, to perform at big events, and to do voiceover in foreign films!" Rising voice actors in the middle of entertainment industry are singing, dancing, performing on stage...and are now even active narrators and DJs. If you want to become a voice actor, your personality must be a source full of emotion and passion. To accomplish this, you must first have an interest in various things that become a part of who you are. Then you have to grow fond of your friends and be able to say your thoughts and feelings to them freely. Shout it out with all your heart! It's okay to sound horrible at first. Become an unstoppable voice actor by attending SHOBI’s many top quality courses. Let’s learn together!


Under the guidance of professionals at the forefront of their careers turn your dreams into reality. Curriculum designed to help you become a professional dancer in 2 years.
Our departments concept are to ‘learn all genres of dance’, to ‘organize and direct an individually created routine’, and the ‘ability to teach’. These three basic abilities, which are necessary within the professional dance world, will be acquired within two years at SHOBI, Using the techniques and knowledge learned, students will prepare numerous performances in order to confirm and practice what they have learned in class. From this experience students will be able to challenge themselves with professional auditions. Every year a large number of students are successful at these auditions and are able to debut as professional dancers.


  1. Audition System – Debuting as a professional dancer.
    Auditions for various productions such as theme parks, musicals, talent production companies, concerts, television, films etc., are held within the school regularly.
  2. Direction System - Becoming an instructor and/or choreographer.
    Through teaching practice requested by the Board of Education, learn the abilities required to properly coach students, choreograph dances, organize performances, and direct stage productions. A piece will be completed by the student and will be performed on a stage.
  3. Appearance System – Gain immediate assets for those intending to become a professional dancer.
    At three concerts held annually (participation by all students), use skills learned in the classroom as a foundation to polish your power of expression on stage. There are also chances to perform as back-up dancers for performing artists.


  1. Expand your horizons to a professional’s stage through performances inside and outside of SHOBI as well as special courses.
  2. A characteristic of this department is that in addition to the three annual stage performances, students have the chance to participate in external events, television, promotional video (PV) performances, etc. Students will be able to find their weak points and improve them through this system.

TEACHER'S VOICE: TAKEI, Kazuhito (Head of the Dance Department)

“It’s not about aiming for something, it’s about becoming it. Everything you need to achieve that is here.”

This is not a school for those that aim to be dancers; it is a school where people become dancers. Within two years, students will learn three essential skills to join the dance industry, ‘learn all genres of dance’, to ‘organize and direct an individually created routine’, and the ‘ability to teach’. Beginners are welcome - our instructors work on the front lines of the industry and will teach you well. In fact, about a third of the students that enter our program do not have experience as dancers, but by the end of the first year these students will have gained enough experience to be holding their own with their more seasoned classmates. Including the three annual performances held by the department, there are many chances for students to perform off-campus for television, PV’s, etc. Within experiencing these kinds of performances, students cannot work on their aura and expressiveness in their dance. SHOBI provides plenty of opportunities for students to gain practical experience that will become immediate asses when they start to build their careers.


Experienced professional teachers will guide students on a one-to-one basis.
‘Song, Dance, Acting, and more’, create a performance capable of touching one’s heart. Conveying a message to spectators through song, dance, and acting is what musicals are about. ‘Song, dance, and acting’ are the three components required for one to be able to use the entire body to express emotion clearly. At SHOBI, the curriculum is such that these three components will be taught in a well-balanced manner that works in accordance to each student's individual abilities; even beginners will have nothing to worry about. Furthermore, there are many opportunities to stand on stages not only within but also outside of school. There are also trainers available to provide guidance on proper body care and maintenance. Through this experience students will learn how to touch people’s hearts with their performances.


  1. Audition System
    Multiple on-campus auditions (“Level-Up Auditions”) that simulate actual auditions will be held annually. The results of these internal auditions will be reflected in department performances as well as external events.
  2. Skill-up System
    Through ‘special courses’, ‘improvement classes’, and ‘integrated courses’ that are outside the general curriculum, students who are inexperienced will be able to build from the foundation and more experienced students will be able to apply their skills based on their individual level.
  3. Collaboration System
    Using department events and deepening exchanges with other departments, students will be able to expand their knowledge of the entertainment industry and also verify their own goals. They will also gain specialty knowledge from other fields and improve their communication abilities which will become an asset once they graduate and begin their careers.


  1. There are department-held performances twice a year. Present the skills learned in the classroom in front of an audience.
  2. For students who aim to work in theme parks, special courses are offered and special lecturers invited to teach how to pass auditions in this field.
  3. There are numerous auditions held on and off-campus that provide the chance to become a professional. Included in these auditions are those for ‘Sanrio Puroland’ and ‘Fresher’s Pre-Audition’, where many SHOBI students have been successful in the past.

TEACHER'S VOICE: INOUE, Hitoshi (Head of the Musical Department)

“By challenging yourself, you create your own future.”

Musicals have the power to move people as a multi-layered art form that combines music, dance, theater, as well as the essence of what it means to be a human being. Song leads to dance, dance contains elements of theater, and theater once again invokes song. At SHOBI, the teachers, who have cultivated their careers on stage, use their know-how to guide students in their journey to moving people through the art of the musical. Worries such as “I’m interested but inexperienced,” or “I want to stand on stage, but I don’t know anything about it,” are unnecessary! The only thing necessary is the desire to challenge yourself. If you have the strong desire to get your feet on the ground running, everything will come together at SHOBI.
The professional musical world is not easy, but no profession is easy. Every famous actor, dancer, and singer has had to start from somewhere.


Learn to perform all genres on a variety of stages.
Within two years, learn how to play a program or repertoire of 90 minutes or more. In the Piano Department, we train students how to perform a variety of genres, styles, and on a variety of stages. We hone in on the individual goals and strengths of each student and work to set them along the path that is best for them. We will provide support for studying planning as well as career advice.


  1. Students take exams four times a year to test their practical performance skills. There is also an opportunity twice a year for students to record a performance for Internet Television.
  2. We offer a curriculum for those who wish to become piano instructors and also support students who wish to receive certification from outside sources such as Yamaha, Kawai, etc.
  3. Students will also have the chance to put on a student-produced concert and participate in other activities in collaboration with other departments.


  1. Piano Major
  2. Popular Piano Major


At SHOBI, there are various events and opportunities prepared for students to gain practical experience in performing. Such opportunities include the playing a piano concerto with the SHOBI Symphony Orchestra, performing at the department-held concert ‘Infinity’, and performing at the department-held live ‘Sound Groove’.

  • Department-held Concert ‘INFINITY’
    Jointly held with the Comprehensive Music Department, this is a piano ensemble concert held at the SHOBI Vario Hall. Performances include chamber music, 2-piano concertos, consecutive playing etc. It is a concert that shows off the charms of piano ensembles.
  • Department-held Live ‘SOUND GROOVE
    This live is held twice a year at Studio BUCA. It is a live that displays a combination of the piano and vocals and horn sections. From MC, to sound and visual production meetings, to performance and management, all is handled by students.
  • Piano Concerto
    Through the annual SHOBI Symphony Orchestra concert held every July, students have a chance to perform a piano concerto co-starring the orchestra. There are also other performance opportunities both on and off of SHOBI campus.

TEACHER'S VOICE: NARISAWA, Takashi (Head of the Piano Department)

“One step further in your craft is one step closer to your dreams.”

The roughly 350 year old historically rich genre known as classical music involves hundreds of millions of people who have performed one score—and then billions of people who have listened to it. And yet, despite its age, there are no signs of the genre slowing down. This is because of its universality; remakes and covers done in the pop and jazz genres keep the classical genre fresh and always accessible by modern tastes. The universality and ingenuity of classical music is art in itself, and SHOBI’s Piano Department makes sure to pursue both of these ideals.
With performance examinations four times a year and regular performances in concert halls, students will be exposed to a plethora of real-life playing experience. Outstanding students will be broadcast on “SHOBI Net-TV” for the world to see.


A solid foundation and expressiveness obtained through actual practice.
Polish your skills to that of a professional level. Aim to become a true musician.
Building on SHOBI’s 90 year old history as a music institution, the department uses the best possible curriculum to lean all genres of music with classical music as the foundation. Students can receive guidance from active, top-tier musicians in their fields, as well as from music producers and others. Students will be taught the skills and knowledge of professionals, training to become musicians capable of changing the music scene.


  1. A traditional yet practical curriculum that aims to train students into top players.
  2. Feel the art of being pro in your bones—our teachers represent current Japanese performance at its best.
  3. Aside from becoming a professional performer, students wishing to become instructors will also be supported.


  1. Our aim is to provide support for students wishing to become instructors or those that want to actively perform. The lectures offered keep closely related to the current developments in the industry.
  2. Through ensemble classes, students learn the power of performance and communication skills.
  3. There is support available for various opportunities for work within the industry.

TEACHER'S VOICE: ITO, Toru (Head of the Wind, String, & Percussion Department):

“The ability to perform and the ability to express yourself—everything comes from actual experience.”

The concept of the Wind, String, & Percussion Department is “learning from practical experience.” Of course students will learn the basics, but the real goal is to get you up and running for the stage. Our curriculum strives to polish your expressional skills so you can achieve this. For a limited time, the students our department work together with the Comprehensive Music Department’s within the SHOBI Wind Orchestra. Together students record and put on concerts, and even enter competitions together where they perform the music of foreign composers and conductors. In recent years, we have also performed with the Sienna Wind Orchestra, a wind ensemble that represents Japan. You can only get this sort of real-life industry experience at SHOBI. Within this environment, we hope to teach our students to continue their passion for music.


Six courses. Second years and third years study in their major field may get individual lessons in another. In the third and fourth year take an abundance of ensemble classes and learn hands-on skills.
From the perspective of gaining in-depth music knowledge and expertise that can to link one to the music industry world, students will gain the knowledge, skills and know-hows required through four years in this department. Through advanced knowledge and ample experience, students will be trained to become professionals who can carry the weight of the next generation on their shoulders.

■ Vocal Course (Vocal Major)

The vocal course provides an environment for every student to follow through with their goals to the end while finding their own ‘song’. With four years of interacting extensively and in-depth with music, assistance to students is maximized. Through class and other opportunities, students can discover their talents as an artist, trainer, director, arranger, composer, or melody writer. Expand your horizons as a vocalist with these four years of experiences and increased confidence.

■ Piano Course (Piano / Popular Piano Major)

Pursue the ‘universality and ingenuity of music’ through the piano and increase one’s performance ability. Furthermore, by applying taught skills, learn how to create and create music. In order to have a career in music, confidence is required. Through an accumulation of practical skill examinations, concert hall exams, and public lectures, develop a firm performance repertoire. Using our curriculum and education system that focuses on turning music experience into work confidence, we lead our students down the road to becoming a performer.

■ Electronic Organ Course (Electronic Organ Major)

An all-genre, all-style approach to expand one’s performance ability will become an indispensable experience when it comes to dealing with various situations at work. This major is not only about the acquisition of grades, but also about performances within the major and other school events. Students will also have the opportunity to plan their own live at a studio and/or concert hall which will include self-producing, self-directing, self-management, and anything else required for the performance. Experience all there is required to create a live event and aim for a career playing the electronic organ.

■ Wind, String, & Percussion Course

Through various experiences at SHOBI for such as solo, chamber music, brass band, orchestras, big bands, pop ensembles, etc., continuously strengthen your abilities and improve your performance skills from your first year. Our curriculum is supported by a long tradition where many students have gone on to represent Japan. With this curriculum, students will have practical lessons where they learn all styles and genres of music so that they can focus on connecting their performance experiences to a future career. Everything that is required to become a professional will be taught in-depth within four years.
The below majors are available:
Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Bass Clarinet / Bassoon / Saxophone / Trumpet / Horn / Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba / Violin / Viola / Cello / Contrabass / Harp / Percussion

■ Jazz & Popular Course

Build up your confidence and abilities as a professional musician through the various stages and auditions you will have to prepare for. You will acquire the components required to turn music into a livelihood, such as technique, originality, planning ability, expression, coordination, etc., through practical lessons, ensemble lessons, recordings, and live performances. You will steadily increase your technical ability through the styles learnt in your first year. It is a course designed to cultivate the type of musician required in the Jazz and Popular field.
The below majors are available:
Guitar / Bass / Drums / Keyboard / Saxophone / Trumpet / Trombone

■ Arrangement & Composition Course (Arrangement & Composition Major)

At SHOBI, we are proud of the many opportunities for students to experience rehearsals and production seminars that will train you to create a career as a composer. Students will learn a wide range of music styles including pop, folk music, and contemporary classical music. Students will also be taught the technology and other skills required to create music. It is a unique course within the world of music where students are given practical lessons on computer music, in Japan known as desktop music or DTM, desktop audio workshop (DAW) technical training, as well as orchestra composition.

TEACHER'S VOICE: YAMAMOTO, Masatoshi (Head of the Comprehensive Music Department)

“We support everyone’s dreams fully.”

You can most likely increase your level of technical skill without a school, but at a music school you can personally experience what it means to be supported when trying to meet your goals. However, only having the technical is not enough for you to shine after graduation. What you learn at school is how to take those abilities and link them to your career. In the Comprehensive Music Department, you can challenge yourself to gain and apply knowledge, skills, and know-how to a career. As well, the bonds that you formed with friends, teachers, and your audiences will help you cultivate the skills required to support your dreams of becoming a professional!


(For applicants who transfer to the Comprehensive Music Department as a 3rd year student)


Vocal / Piano / Electronic Organ / Wind, String, & Percussion / Jazz & Popular / Arrangement & Composition

■ REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION (Fulfill one of the following requirements);

  1. Applicant must have graduated from a university or junior college, or graduate by March, 2018.
  2. Applicant must have completed their second year in a university or college, or have completed their studies by March 2018.
  3. Applicant must have graduated from a professional training college, or graduate by March, 2018 with a diploma (postsecondary course).
  4. Applicant that has fulfilled either of the above requirements (1-3), provided that they have graduated from high school by March 2016 or passed college entrance exams/ received qualifications for graduating from high school, and is over 20 years old.


Application Term Application Period Examination Date Date of Announcement Deadline of Admission Procedure
Term I October 1 ~
December 18, 2017
December 21, 2017 December 22, 2017 January 16, 2018
Term II January 5 ~ February 20, 2018 February 23, 2018 February 26, 2018 March 15, 2018
Term III March 1 ~ March 17, 2018 March 21, 2018 March 22, 2018 March 29, 2018


12,000 yen


Bring the required documents to the International Exchange Center. Post from overseas is also accepted,
International Exchange Center TEL: 03-3813-9326 E-MAIL: iec@shobi.ac.jp


Document screening, audition, interview, and written examination are required.
For more information, see the Comprehensive Music Department’s 2018 Transfer Guide (Japanese only).


Currency: Japanese yen

Year Tuition Supporters’
Association Fee
Total (Annual)
Entrance fee Tuition (annual) Facility fee
Third Year 100,000 780,000 390,000 30,0000 1,300,000
Fourth Year 780,000 390,000 30,0000 1,200,000

In addition to the above, fees for textbooks/course materials, graduation ceremony/party, and the alumni association are required


  1. Special Support Scholarship for Transfer Students
    International students are given a special 100,000 yen exemption from their enrolment fee at the time of registration. Please check further details in the 2018 Transfer Application Guide for the Comprehensive Music Department (Japanese only).
    Application Period: October 1, 2017 – March 17, 2018
  2. Honor Student Scholarship for Transfer Students
    Full tuition or half tuition will be exempted from the annual tuition and fees. Requirements and application procedures differ depending on chosen course and major. Please check further details in the 2018 Transfer Application Guide for the Comprehensive Music Department (Japanese only).
  3. Results:
    • "SA" Recognition (Full tuition will be exempted for entrance year)
    • "A" Recognition (Half tuition will be exempted for entrance year)