Music is powerful; just one song can shake your heart and even influence your life. The message of an individual artist resonates with people and has the potential to changes the world. Equipped with the ability to create and express inspiring music and deliver it to the world, the Music Course prepares students to become creative leaders at the forefront of the new music scene.
“Expression through music” involves all sorts of approaches: Writing songs and lyrics, playing instruments, making tracks in a studio or on a computer, arranging and sampling music, scouting out talented musicians and offering them powerful songs, DJ-ing, planning concerts and events, distributing music through websites, critiquing as a music writer, and investigating the history of music as a researcher. You can approach music from any perspective—everything is possible here.
As the music environment today is changing immensely, the opportunity to distribute your music is also expanding greatly. Musicians can independently deliver their sound to the world without being confined to the existing music business model, such as music labels or agencies. Come to SEIKA with an enthusiasm for creating music that can resonate with people.
To make music more appealing, students need to understand the structure of music and to be able to hear the precise differences between each sound. In the first year they learn the basic structure of music, acquiring fundamental techniques in making sound and recordings.
For example, students spend a great deal of time doing practical modules, making songs from sound recorded on campus, learning the structure of music by decomposing completed songs, and working on their improvisation techniques. Becoming more sensitive to surrounding sound, your music-making also improves.
In recording classes students record each instrument individually—guitar, drum, and piano—equipping them with the ability to produce quality sound through experiencing how each sound changes once recorded and mixed. They also replicate recordings of-masterpieces of blues, R&B, rock and roll, techno, and hip hop in chronological order according to style, and compare the recordings.
While polishing techniques, students also learn music theory, from the history of popular music and the work of traditional musicians, to the relationship between music and other cultures.
In their second year, students refine more advanced composition and arrangement techniques, pursuing their ideal sound. Students also continue to work on music production with an awareness of how to deliver their music to wider audiences.
Anyone can distribute music online today. This means that it is fundamental to learn how to promote music and analyze marketing data for the purpose of understanding listeners. This allows students then to form a better understanding of how the music business works.
Students receive individual advice from leading musicians and producers on all aspects, from the production process to term critieques. Faculty members are there to help students, sometimes as bands members, other times as mentors and producers, and students benefit greatly from this excellent and stimulating environment.
The course features classes on graphic design, photography, video, and presentation to help students polish techniques for sending out the ideas and messages embedded in their music to listeners.
The year begins with seminar-style classes centering on “making,” “delivering, and” “thinking” about music.
For example, students who focus on “making” music learn techniques in arranging and mixing from studio producers, and electronic sound composition skills from techno musicians. Students choose their faculty members for seminar class according to their fields of interests,
Those who wish to learn about “delivering” music gain know-how for planning projects, branding strategies, and attracting customers from faculty members who are event organizers. Meanwhile, the students who are particularly interested in “thinking” about music study with faculty members who specialize in music criticism. Undertaking fieldwork at the sites of content production and music events, and investigating music environments, they can obtain more diverse perspectives.
And with a teaching team comprised of leading professionals, acquiring abilities that are widely applicable to actual society is the main objective of this third year.
Centering on “making,” “delivering,” and “thinking,” each student completes a graduation project as the culmination of their four years of study.
For example, a student who creates electronic music by sampling and editing bands’ performances then collaborates with a friend from the Faculty of Art to create a video clip and present it on a website. You might plan an independent music event as your graduation project, coordinating a series of tasks, from the promotion of the event to the distribution of the music online. If you specialize in music criticism, you might first choose a genre and analyze its history from the perspective of sound, and link this to cultural backgrounds. Approaches are wide and open. While in SEIKA, you can also start writing essays for online music magazines as a professional writer. The types of graduation projects vary but they have one thing in common: Delivering your work to the world outside SEIKA. Graduation projects become your first step to going out into the professional world.
Today we cross borders, we access all manner of music. With this in mind, the Music Course at SEIKA nurtures the abilities to “make,” “deliver,” and “think” about music. Students will be able to adapt to the ever expanding and segmenting market, and to the needs of listeners.