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SHOBI's "only one" [Vocal Department] ~Public Examination with Attendees from the Industry~

At SHOBI, there are four examinations per year.

For the Vocal Department, practical examinations are also held 4 times a year. The practical examinations held in the month of June and December are public examinations with attendees from the industry.


As a student from the Vocal Department, it is made necessary to sing during the examination. During the examination, students would have to sing in front of the examiners, normally held in a classroom.

However, SHOBI's public examination will be visited by recording companies, as well as recruiters from leading production teams.

On average, there is always an approximate of 10 to 20 attendees from the industry, with the profession of picking out new recruitments.













Each time, 5 to 6 students will be picked out by these recruiters.

The process after the first step varies, however; it would normally be followed by a demo recording or an interview with the company.

Though that said, students would not be able to debut with just that. However, through these contacts, it would be beneficial for future debuts.

Even now, there are students who are gaining the benefits from that and are heading towards their debut goals.


There are many international students, who are currently in the Vocal Department studying alongside the Japanese students, building close relationships with each other while pushing forward together as rivals.












Public examinations with attendees from the industry, such a system is provided only at SHOBI, as it is our own unique system.


In addition to the public examinations, there are many other chances for students to gain experiences through their time in SHOBI, such as auditions, as well as live performances.

Would you want to try out for SHOBI's Vocal Department as well?

New album "D-Rabbit 10" and "AVE 17" are released by D-MAC RECORDS!

Compilation albums "D-Rabbit 10" and "AVE 17" are released on August 7, 2017 and October 11, 2017 respectively by D-MAC RECORDS.



"D-Rabbit 10" is the 10th Anisong, Game Soundtrack and Idol Song compilation album featuring songs created during the collaboration between Arrangement & Composition Department, Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement & Composition Course and Voice Actor Department.
Release on 7 August 2017 Price ¥1,000 (without tax)



"AVE 17" is the 17th J-Pop compilation album which the "AVE" series is also known as the "songwriter’s gateway to success" in which a number of current professional composers and self-produced artists have participated during their time in school.

Release on 11 October 2017 Price ¥1,000 (without tax)



Both are high-quality albums where the songs are made by students who have passed through on-campus auditions.

Every year, songs composed by international students are used in the albums too. This time, four of them participated in the albums.













Photo from left:

  • Shuhao Zhang "AVE 17" Track 9 "Kn’ At"
  • Junho Kim "AVE 17" Track 7 "Kimi no kokoro wo wakaranakute"D-MAC RECORDSバナー.png
  • Sangwon Yun "D-Rabbit 10" Track 5 "Orenji sōda"
  • Yheri Kang "AVE 17” Track 1 "To You"

"D-MAC RECORDS" is a label created by SHOBI College of Music's Arrangement & Composition Department and Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement & Composition Course. Students’ works are selected through on-campus auditions and compiled into a compilation album several times a year. The completed CDs are sold at major record and CD shops in Japan including HMV and Tower Records.

Please check it out!


Also, supporting and introducing the other side of young sound creators with internet broadcasting "Youth Composer" which is run by Arrangement & Composition Department and Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement & Composition Course has released a commemorative special program of "D-Rabbit 10" and "AVE 17" on July 31, 2017 and October 11, 2017 respectively.

Hope you will enjoy it!


Youth Composer Vol.43: "Summer Break Special in Kamakura! 'D-Rabbit 10' CD release special" (Released on July 31, 2017)


Youth Composer Vol.44: "Song Writing Genre Compilation CD 'AVE 17' Special" (Released on October 11, 2017)

SHOBI's Only One The "Arrangement & Composition Department" Chapter Vol. 3 ~Industry Audition is the Entrance to Opportunities~

SHOBI’s Arrangement & Composition Department, Comprehensive Music Department Arrangement & Composition Course invites people related to the  music industry to conduct auditions for students every year. Students are able to directly appeal to scouts from the music industry and to increase their chances of becoming a composer or self-produced artist after graduation.


This year’s Industry Audition was conducted on the 29th of September 2017, at SHOBI’s Main Building Level 2 Convention Room.

Being SHOBI’s Arrangement & Composition Department Audition, it received a lot of attention from members of the music industry.

35 scouts were in attendance this year, a vast increase from last year. (Due to circumstances, we apologies for being unable to release company names and photos of the event.









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The opportunity to participate in this Industry Audition is only given to students who have cleared various conditions.

The international students are also doing their very best, participating every year.

This year, the following 4 international students were nominated.


  • Shuhao Zhang (China) Music works selected and recorded in the “Re:monade 13”and “AVE 17” albums.
  • Yheri Kang (Korea) Music work selected and recorded in the “AVE 17” album.
  • Junho Kim (Korea) Music work selected and recorded in the “AVE 17” album.
  • Sangwon Yun (Korea) Music work selected and recorded in the “D-Rabbit 10” album.

At the Industry Auditions, the students present their music works in front of many talent scouts.  In these stressful conditions, international students also face the extra pressure of having to present in Japanese. However, on this very day, they were able to complete their presentations splendidly in front of the talent scouts.

After the audition, they have the ‘Consultation meetings’, where industry scouts are able to contact the students that they have taken an interest in.  From there, the opportunity to for Composer contracts or employment rises.


To seize opportunities, we must first challenge ourselves!


Will you take up this challenge in SHOBI’s Arrangement & Composition Department?


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A Message from an International Student: Christina Reinelt from the United Kingdom

The following message is written by Christina Reinelt, a second year student majoring in Singer & Songwriter of the Professional Musician Department at SHOBI College of Music;


クリスティーナ.JPGI joined SHOBI's Pro Musician Singing-Songwriting course with many half-finished songs I hadn't been able to finish on my own. One of the biggest challenges I was facing was playing and singing guitar at the same time. Within the first month, we were all singing our completed songs while accompanying ourselves on our chosen instruments. The monthly "First Step" auditions are always a great push to write a new song and get invaluable feedback. Everyone is so kind, the atmosphere is like a fun summer camp vibe, and I'm absolutely in love with it!

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



‘Pre-college for International Students 2017’ will be held once a month every month from 30th September 2017(Sat) to 27th January 2018(Sat)!


At last year’s ‘SHOBI’s Pre-school’, lessons on music and music business terminology was conducted by a Japanese language teacher, followed by actual professional training college lessons by SHOBI’s teachers.


Thanks to the overwhelming response last year, this year we are able to bring to you ‘Pre-college for International Students 2017’!


Technical jargon will be explained in an easy to understand way so that anybody can participate!


Calling all international students~ Do join us!♪



Pre-College for International Students 2017


【Event Days and Contents

  • 30th September 2017 (Saturday)

‘To work in the Entertainment Industry ~What is the staff’s job description?~’

Instructor: Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production Department Head, Mr. Tsuyoshi Kondo


  • 21st October 2017 (Saturday)

‘Arrangement & Composition? ~A music creator’s job~’

Instructor: Arrangement & Composition Department Head, Mr. Hideo Inami


  • 18th November 2017 (Saturday)

‘Why were the Beatles so popular?’

Instructor: Jazz & Popular Department Head, Mr. Masakazu Takano


  • 16th December 2017 (Saturday)

‘Recording Engineer & Concert PA ~What is the ‘Sound Production’ job?~」

Instructor: Sound, Visual, & Lighting Production Department Head, Mr. Tsuyoshi Kondo


  • 27th January 2018 (Saturday)

‘Music Business Industry Strategies & International Students’

Instructor: Music Business Department Head, Mr. Tadayoshi Okamoto




  • 1st session: 10:00 - 11:00 “Language lessons on Japanese that will be used in the 2nd session"
  • 2nd session: 11:00 - 12:00 "Professional Training College lessons by SHOBI's teachers”


【Meeting Place

SHOBI College of Music Main Building 1F (MAP)

Meeting Time 9:50





【How to Apply

Please send us your name, school name and the dates you wish to attend to the International Exchange Centre.



【Applications & Inquiries

SHOBI International Exchange Center(Kishi, Kiuchi)

TEL: 03-3813-9326

E-Mail: iec@shobi.ac.jp