* Soloist Course
While it is the aim of all music courses to develop talents and refine skills, the Soloist Course has the most unique curriculum that makes it an exceptional place from which to launch a career as a professional musician.
Students are surrounded with opportunities to study all the necessary and useful subjects for musicians as well as to perform: for the Soloist Course students, performance is already an integral part of their lives, as they have to perform on frequent basis. With extensive performance opportunities on and outside the campus and chances to establish a network of professional contacts, students are encouraged to think and function as professional musicians while they are still at University. It is this combination of unmatched opportunities and rigorous training that gives our students the best chance to go as far as their talent, skills, and determination will take them.
* Instrumental Music Course
UGU Students benefit from the talent and involvement of highly accomplished performing artists and teachers. These devoted professionals can build performers with a strong foundation of technical skills and respect and understanding for the music heritage while fostering originality of expression.
The course offers performance studies in principal and related instruments as well as academic studies related to music and other studies, such as psychology, philosophy, and languages, which will be important and useful for the future performers.
Whatever their specialism, students have a plenty of performance opportunities in and out of the University, including developing orchestral skills, chamber music, master classes, and workshops.
Students must choose one of the following instrument specialism.
The education of pianists at UGU emphasises the development of a large performance repertory (from classical to contemporary) along with the pianistic skills that will prepare students as solo artists and collaborative musicians.
String, Percussion, and Wind Instruments
The instruments that students can specialise in include violin, viola, 'cello, contrabass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, faggot, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, saxophone, tuba, percussion instruments, and guitar.
This course aims to prepare students for modern, multi-faceted professional careers as performers and/or teachers of chamber ensemble, orchestral, and solo repertory.
Early Music Instruments
"Early Music" usually designates the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of Western music. Ueno Gakuen was the first Japanese university to start a course in early music in the 1970s, and is probably one of the best places in the world to learn early music taught by the top-class international musicians and to perform early music, as we have the most excellent hall (Aeolian Hall) designed specifically for early music concerts. We also have the impressive collection of instruments. The instruments taught here include organ, harpsichord, viola da gamba, lute, and recorder.
* Vocal Music Course
This course offers the most comprehensive voice education. Students study the fundamentals of vocal technique, repertoire, and performance practices in individual tuitions. Performance opportunities include regular concerts with Ueno Gakuen Orchestra in spring and autumn, and choral ensemble concerts which acquaint students with a diversity of music and styles both as choristers and soloists.
* Music Research Course
Music Research Course is suitable for students who wish to study history of music, music aesthetic, and music education, as well as to improve their music skills. The students in this course can specialise in one of the following fields:-
We aim for the students to understand the overview of the major styles, genres, composers, and instruments of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition, non-Western music and musical traditions are explored, both for their interests and for the ways they enhance their understanding of Western music.
This course is suitable for students who are interested in the theory and the practice of music education in Japan and abroad. The students will develop a good understanding of learning and teaching processes. They will also gain broad perspectives of music and education in today's society.