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SHOBI International Exchange Center's Official SNS for International students!

As many of you may already know, SHOBI International Exchange Center’s Official Social Networking Service (SNS) for international students was created at the end of last year!



International Exchange Center’s

Official Facebook






International Exchange Center’s

Official Twitter





Delivering various information about SHOBI to both international students and you who lives inside and outside of Japan.

  • SHOBI’s upcoming event information and event reports
  • Introduction to the various departments in SHOBI
  • Introducing SHOBI’s international students and alumni
  • Information related to internal and external scholarships for international students
  • Examination information for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students, the Business Japanese Proficiency Test etc.
  • Additionally packed with the latest information on SHOBI and international students!

Feel free to click the ‘Like’ button, register and follow us!

Furthermore, you can also apply for events, such as SHOBI’s open campus, through the International Exchange Center’s Facebook messaging! Inquiries can be made in Japanese, Korean, Chinese or English!

Feel free to message us on Facebook!♪

Sound, Visual, and Lighting Department Internship

We will introduce SHOBI’s Sound, Visual, and Lighting Department Internship.


Every March, SHOBI’s Sound, Visual, and Lighting Department provides a business induction course and an internship. First year students are the target for this internship.

Because March is during the Spring Vacation, there are no classes. Therefore, this internship is held outside of regular class time. Students that wish to take part in this internship program are able to go to a company relating to their field of study and increase their skills at an actual company.

The companies that are cooperating in the development of student‘s skills all accept a predetermined number of students. Students that participate in the internship will spend 1-3 weeks at the company where they will work alongside employees doing their regular jobs. Every year approximately 30 companies take part in SHOBI’s internship program and accept students.

The distribution of companies based on field of study is as follows:


  • Concert PA Companies: 6
  • Recording Companies: 5
  • Lighting Companies: 5
  • Visual Companies: 14

There is no special fee for participating in this internship program.

The three requirements for participating in this are diligence, motivation, and good health.

In other words, this means that anyone can participate in this internship. However, because this is a program where students will become a member of the company during their internship, if you think the staff will be like your teachers, you are mistaken. If you wait for someone to teach you everything you will not learn anything. Effectively absorbing knowledge and moving the hearts of the company employees will become the sign of your accomplishments and lead you to success.

From March 6th of this year, over 70 students from the Sound, Visual, Lighting Department are taking part in this internship program. We hope that students can take part in this internship and fully learn what they are unable to learn in this classroom.


Department URL: http://www.shobi.ac.jp/course/sound/



The Professional Musician Department`s RISE UP AUDITION - an audition that is judged by talent scouts from record companies and other music related companies.

The Professional Musician Department’s 2016 RISE UP AUDITION was held on March 3, 2017 at Shibuya’s ‘TSUTAYA O-nest’. Nine bands and solo artists from the almost monthly auditions and the February audition participated in this audition.

Two international students performed on stage at the RISE UP AUDITION this year:


Fighting bravely as a first year student was Cristina Jaclyn Reinelt from England.











Part of the band “Mud Jam.s” as vocalist and acoustic guitar player was Jocelyn Lucero Hernandez Guzman from Mexico.











At SHOBI’s RISE UP AUDITION, the talent scouts from major record labels and music businesses attend and judge the students performances. After the audition has ended, there is a get-together where the talent scouts are able to talk with students they are interested in about the possibility of debuting and producing music.

SHOBI’s Professional Musician Department focuses their energy completely on the idea of “producing a new era of music with a new age of artists.”

Department URL http://www.shobi.ac.jp/course/musician/

[Event Report] The Fourth "SHOBI's Pre-school ~Getting used to Music and Music Business Terminology" for International Students

The SHOBI International Exchange Center holds a free “pre-school” program for international students who are currently attending a Japanese Language school and are considering furthering their studies in a professional training college.

“Pre-school” refers to lessons held at a professional training college, taken before enrolling into the professional training college to help you get used to lessons here.

On December 17th 2016, the fourth “SHOBI’s Pre-school ~Getting used to Music and Music Business Terminology” for International Students (Instructor: SHOBI Music Business Department Head, OKAMOTO Tadayoshi) was held!

The theme of the day was “Music Business ~Work and Study~”.

First of all, regarding “greetings”.  In the Japanese music industry, regardless of day or night, “Ohayo-Gozaimasu (Good Morning)” is the standard greeting. Next, it was time for the participants to introduce themselves (country of origin, desired department of study and whether they wish to work in Japan in the future or not).





 It seems like they all desire to work in Japan someday.



Mr. OKAMOTO, who holds an extensive career in the Japanese Music Industry, such as being in charge of the A&R of several famous artists at major domestic record companies, explained to us the current state of music business and the types, roles, relationships etc. in the music industry.

In addition, he left a valuable message to the students who have come all the way to Japan from all over the world. International students, like them, whom are able to speak/write a language other than Japanese and whom are able to understand and explain about Japan, are exactly what the Japanese Music Industry needs. Hence, there are many opportunities for them.  Music is a way of communicating feeling of “like”.  Even in music business, communication is the most important.

It was a lesson worth attending!

From the attending international students, we received comments such as “I learnt a lot about music business and I want to learn a lot more.” “The stories about Avex etc. were really interesting.” “The Japanese used in the lessons were difficult, however a detailed lesson about the industry by a “real Japanese teacher” proved to be a good listening practice.” etc.








It seems to have been a really good experience for the students♪






Furthermore before the lesson started, there was an explanation on the Japanese terminology that would be used in the lesson, taught by Mr. KISHI, Naokazu of the International Exchange Centre, who is also a Japanese teacher.

We received feedback such as “The Japanese terminology lessons were really helpful. I gained confidence that I would be able to study in Japan in the future.”

We appreciate you all for joining this event!  We are planning to hold this kind of events again in the near future.  Please keep checking this website♪

SHOBI's "only one": Professional Musicians Department~Monthly Audition/Live~

In the Professional Musicians Department of SHOBI, monthly auditions/live performances are implemented.
Through the auditions/live performances, the students’ original music as well as live performances can be delivered to more viewers and listeners. These provide opportunities for the students to gain valuable experiences, and of course to brush up their own skills.
Below is the ongoing schedule for year 2016-2017.

  • April: Welcome College Live of New Students
  • May: First Step Audition
  • May: Department Live
  • June: First Step Audition
  • July: Department Live
  • July: First Step Audition
  • August: Summer Festival
  • 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 (2nd Audition)
  • March: Rise up Audition (Final Audition)
  • March: Graduation Live
Just the first year into their studies, students are able to apply and reinforce what they have learnt during their lessons while taking part in these events, reassuring them of their aims in becoming professional musicians.
The judges for the First Step Audition includes teachers of SHOBI's Professional Musicians Department as well as guests from the music industry, adding up to 5 judges altogether. The judges would also give comments about the students’ performance at the end.
Those who manage to clear the First Step Audition will move on to the Rise up Audition held in February. Rise up Audition provides many opportunities for students to be able to debut.
For those who take part in the Department Live performances, they will be provided with proper band training by the Department itself. Through these, auditions and recordings may be offered to the students.
SHOBI's Professional Musicians Department contains endless opportunities.
International students are also working hard at SHOBI. Please do support us!
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