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A Message from an International Student: Natawat Cherdjareewatananun from Thailand.



I have been a student at Shobi College of music for 4 years. I have joined the Pop Contemporary department majoring in bass for the first 2 years and on my third year moved to Jazz & Popular course in the Comprehensive Music department.

I have loved it here since day one. I remember I wasn't able to speak Japanese that well, but through music I was able to connect to people without even knowing much of their language. I always get to play the music I like and study with teachers who really care a lot about music and their students.

I am sure if you are a music lover like me, this school will be perfect for you!

【Event Report】The 4th "Pre-College for International Students 2017: Recording Engineer and Concert Audio Technicians ~ Jobs in 'Sound'"

SHOBI's International Exchange Centre is holding the event "Pre-College for International Students 2017". In this college preparatory class, students receive a Japanese language class focusing on words related to music and the music business, followed by a lesson by one of SHOBI's teachers.


On Saturday 16th December, 2017, we held the 4th event "Pre-College for International Students 2017"! This was taught by SHOBI's Sound, Visual and Lighting course's head of department Mr. Takeshi Kondo.


The theme of the day's event was - 'Recording Engineer and Concert Audio Technician ~ Jobs in 'Sound'". Mr. Kondo worked many years as a recording engineer and concert sound technician, and gave us a hugely practical lesson.


First, we learned about the cables on stage. None of us had been taught before. He showed us the names of the parts of the cable, their uses, and ways of coiling them, such as in the figure-of-8. In reality, this figure-of-8 coiling proved quite tricky, and everyone was struggling to come to grips with it, practicing over and over!


Next, he taught us about the microphones, mic stands, and the correct settings of a staged performance. One international student played the keyboard and sung into the microphone as other students had a chance to adjust the audio settings on the mixer. We also learned about the mic positioning and directions, and how the direction that the mic is facing has a huge impact on the sound quality. It was a lesson of great interest to us all.
















International students who attended said "I learnt a lot of new things!", and "the teacher was very nice and the lesson was interesting." It seemed like everyone really enjoyed themselves.


The next "Pre-College for International Students" will be held from 10am-12pm on Saturday the 27th of January, 2018. The theme of this next lesson will be "The Global Music Business Strategy - Can International Students Play an Active Role?" (Taught by SHOBI's Music Business Course's head of department Mr. Tadayoshi Okamoto)


Before this lesson, there will be a Japanese lesson on words related to music and the music business, taught by a professional Japanese teacher. This event is exclusively for international students, so please don't be nervous to join, no matter how unsure you are of your Japanese language ability!


For more information, such as on how to apply, please click here.


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【Event Information】Let's go to SHOBI's Live! ★International Students Invitation Plan★

An invitation to international students to a total of 6 live events running from December 2017 to March 2018!

Do take this opportunity to attend a live that you are interested in!


Live Schedule 2017. 12 - 2018. 03  Presented by SHOBI COLLEGE OF MUSIC


★Vocal Department "Christmas Live ~A Present from Us~"

Date & Time: Thu. December 21st – Fri. 22nd, 2017 18:30 OPEN / 19:00 START
Location: Asakusa Gold Sounds
Ticket: 2,000 yen ⇒ Free (1 drink minimum)



★Comprehensive Music Department Electric Organ Course, Electronic Organ Live “FMEO”

Date & Time: Sat. December 23rd, 2017 17:00 OPEN / 17:30 START
Location: Studio BUCA (SHOBI Main Building B2F)
Ticket: 500 yen ⇒ Free


★Profession Musician Department, Department Live

Date & Time: Mon. February 5th, 2018 16:00 OPEN / 16:30 START* (Estimated)
(*The start time is subject to change)
Location: TSUTAYA O-nest
Ticket: 1,000 yen ⇒ Free (1 drink minimum)


★Vocal Department Graduation Live

Date & Time: Thu. March 8th, 2018 18: 00 OPEN / 18:30 START
Ticket: 2,000 yen ⇒ Free (1 drink minimum)


★Pop Contemporary Department* Graduation Live
(*Current Jazz & Popular Department)

Date & Time: Sat. March 10th, 2018 14:30 OPEN / 15:00 START (Estimated)
Location: LIVE HOUSE BUDDY (Ekoda)
Ticket: 1,200 yen ⇒ Free (1 drink minimum)


★Professional Musician Department Graduation Live

Date & Time: Tue. March 13th, 2018 16:00 OPEN / 16:30 START* (Estimated)
(*The start time is subject to change)
Location: TSUTAYA O-nest
Ticket: 1,000yen ⇒ Free (1 drink minimum)



While the lives are generally free-of-charge, depending on the location a separate drink charge may be required.


【Application Method】

Please contact SHOBI’s International Exchange Center through phone, e-mail or Facebook message with your ①Name, ②School Name, ③Desired Live’s title and date, and ④Telephone number.

On the day of the live, please present your student ID.


【Application / Inquiry】

SHOBI International Exchange Center(Kishi / Kiuchi)

【Event report】The 3rd "Pre-College for International Students 2017: 'Why were The Beatles so popular?'"

At SHOBI, we are holding the event “Pre-College for International Students 2017”.

In this college prep class, prospective international students receive a Japanese language class focusing on words relating to music and the music business, followed by a lesson by one of SHOBI’s teachers.


On the 18th November, we held the third “Pre-College for International Students 2017”. The head of the Jazz & Popular department, Mr. Masakazu Takano, was the main lecturer. The following is our report on the day.


The theme of the day was the question “Why were The Beatles so popular?” Without a doubt, they are the one band who is the most representative of the 20th century, and a band beloved by Mr. Takano. He had much to say on The Beatles’ mass appeal, and taught us for as long as time allowed.


















While playing us many of the band’s recordings and videos, accompanied by his explanatory piano and keyboard performances, Mr. Takano analyzed the power of The Beatles, based on their own sound, and music theory. In addition, he explored the band’s social and political context. He also shared various episodes and anecdotes from the band’s history, which made for a very enthusiastic and fun lesson!

The students attending listened intently to the music of the Beatles and the teacher’s explanations. Gaining a closer understanding of the band’s appeal, which immensely impacted today’s music, they truly grasped the world-wide fascination which is firmly rooted despite the band having disbanded 47 years ago.


















We love music! In this lesson we were truly inspired by the greatness of The Beatles.


For the schedule and themes of “Pre-College for International Students 2017”, or for more information on how to apply, please click here.



※Mr. Kishi of the SHOBI International Exchange Centre is also a Japanese teacher and will explain beforehand the words that will be used in the lecture. So don’t worry - even if you are unsure about your Japanese language ability, please join!


There are no fees whatsoever for this fun lesson, so feel free to apply.♪



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【Event Report】The 2nd 'Pre-College for International Students 2017': Arrangement & Composition ~A music creator's job~

At SHOBI, ‘Pre-college for International Students 2017’ is being held. At the pre-college, lessons on music and music business terminology are conducted by a Japanese language teacher, followed by actual professional training college lessons by SHOBI’s teachers.


This is an event report on the second 'Pre-College for International Students 2017’ (Instructor: Arrangement & Composition Department Head, Mr. Hideo Inami) held on the 21st of October 2017.


The lesson theme for the day was ‘Arrangement & Composition? ~A music creator’s job~’.

A composer of several television, movie and J-POP songs himself, Mr Inami explained the different job aspects of the Composer, Arranger, Manipulator, Recording Engineer and Self-produced Artist and introduced several SHOBI students’ works through videos and recordings.

He also explained valuable song-making hints with actual examples in an easy-to-understand way.












It was a hit with the attending international students with comments such as “The teacher’s way of teaching was interesting and easy to understand” and “I’ve gained a clearer understanding of Composing and Arrangement”.

Furthermore, before the lesson a Japanese language teacher from the International Exchange Centre, Mr Naokazu Kishi explained the terms that would be used in the lesson. We received comments such as “I was able to learn more music terminology” and “I was taught many terms in a   way that was easy to understand even as an international student”.


For information on future 'Pre-College for International Students 2017' schedules, lesson themes and application information please check here.


All lessons are completely free of charge♪ Calling all international students~ Do join us!



Related Links: [Event Information] Experience lessons in a professional training college before enrolling! 'Pre-College for International Students 2017'