Tuba Study in Japan
Since arriving in Japan four years ago, while enjoying my teaching greatly I realize that I miss having North American or European students. The fact is that non-Japanese students are quite welcome at the Musashino Academia Musicae, the only problem is that they need to pass a comprehensive Japanese reading and writing examination to be accepted. Musashino is a university and, of course, all classes are conducted in Japanese.
I am very happy to announce that starting this April 2010, there will be a class opening for tubists who do not speak Japanese, it is not a class that offers a degree but at the completion of the class each student will play a full recital and receive a certificate from the Musashino Academia Musicae.
This course itself is not new but that the prospectus and application form are available now in English is very new. (Rather that trying to describe this course myself I include a copy of this prospectus below).
There is much more to this possibility than just the study of the tuba. Japan offers a cultural experience that cannot be duplicated: Life within the rich tradition of this fascinating country and the availability of frequent performances of the great orchestras, chamber music groups and soloists of the world; I’m dubious if there is any city that can compare with Tokyo in this regard.
If you might be interested in this opportunity please contact me or look me up on Skype <bobosensei>. I look forward to answering your questions.
- Roger Bobo
MUSASHINO ACADEMIA MUSICAE
PARNASSOS EMINENCE COURSE
ENTRANCE EXAMINATION GUIDE
Parnassos Eminence Courses
These courses were started in 1994 for graduates of music universities or people of equivalent standing who wished to continue high level music study.
Subjects: Piano, Strings (violin, viola), Wind Instrument (flute, clarinet, tuba), Percussion (marimba or other percussion), Voice
Number of students accepted each year : 25
Application Period : January 7 to January 15
Application Process : The following must be lodged with the application.
Address: Musashino Academia Musicae Parnassos Tama
5-7-1 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-0033, Japan
1. Application Form
2. 2 passport style photos (3 x 4 cm)
3. Last college attended graduation certificate copy or verification of same.
4. Recommendation (necessary only for non music college or non music major graduates.)
Date of Examination : January 23 (marimba, percussion), January 25 (piano, violin, viola, flute, clarinet, voice) May (Tuba).
Examination detail : Examinations consist of a demonstration of instrument ability and an interview.
Examination Place : Musashino Academia Musicae Parnassos Tama Campus
5-7-1 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-0033
Examination Result : Successful applicant will be advised by registered mail.
Acceptance : Passports must be presented for inspection and fees paid by the beginning of term.
It is not possible to change courses (instrument) following acceptance.
Entrance examination fee : 20,000 yen
Entrance fee : 80,000 yen
Lesson fee : 380,000 yen (yearly)
All fees are inclusive of tax. No refund can be made once fees have been paid.
The lesson fee only can be paid in two installments of 190,000 yen if required. In this case the second installment must be paid in September, 2010.
Lesson time and hours
?Lessons : April 1 lesson, May 2 lessons, June 2 lessons, July 2 lessons
?Lectures : May 1 lecture, June 1 lecture, July 1 lecture
?Lessons : September 2 lessons, October 2 lessons, November 2 lessons
?Lectures : September 1 lecture, October 1 lecture, November 1 lecture
All lessons are one hour lessons, lectures are two hour lectures.
?To obtain the course completion certificate at least two thirds of both lessons and lectures must be ?taken and a final recital of between 30 and 40 minutes must be given.
? Please be aware that completion of the course does not qualify for credit at any university.
MUSASHINO ACADEMIA MUSICAE