Tokyo School of Music and Dance: Music Artist Program

Tokyo School of Music and Dance: Music Artist Program
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School Introduction

Super Multi-Artist | Artist & Producer | DJ Performer | Game & Anime Musician

At the Tokyo School of Music and Dance (TSM), students are developed into multi-faceted musicians who are versatile and competitive in the industry, with training that not cultivates instrumental and vocal talents as a musician and vocalist, but also the skills required to promote themselves, produce their own music on their own, and transmit their music to the world through the modern social marketing channels that are currently available to musicians today, including many Japanese platforms. Having all of these abilities is considered the new standard of artists today, and also has implications about an exciting future.

School Staff Support Languages: Japanese
Minimum Course Duration: 3 to 4 years

Department Introduction

The Music Artist Program has 5 majors to choose from:

  • Super Multi-Artist (4 years) - This newly-created major develops artists who are not confined to any particular genre and are versatile and skilled musicians with developed singing abilities, performance techniques, performance and dance abilities, as well as self-production and self-distribution know-how.
  • Artist & Producer (3 years) - In this major, students receive training as both a vocalist and musician, as well as learn music production, such as composition and mastering, and promotion.
  • DJ Performer & Track Maker (3 years) - A great DJ is boundless and able to mix music across genres. To achieve this, students in this major are trained to make full use of all digital equipment available and develop their skills in producing original tracks, including EDM.
  • E-Pro Musician (3 years) - This major is for the performer who aspires to be the talent or idol of tomorrow, with training in self-presentation, plannin, self-producing, and video distribution.
  • Game & Anime Musician (3 years) - Be trained in music production, image strategies, and live performance techniques so that you can enter into the world of games and animation as a musician and idol.

Career Trajectories of the TSM Music Artist Program:

  • Vocalist
  • Musician
  • Support musician
  • Studio musician
  • Sound producer
  • Composer
  • Artist promoter
  • Master production director
  • Music producer
  • Track and Sample Producer
  • Lyricist
  • Arranger
  • A & R staff (Artist & Repertoire)
  • Recording director
  • Mastering engineer
  • ProTools Operator
  • YouTube Creator
  • Web marketing
  • Web promotion
  • Web content planning and editing
  • SNS promoter
  • Video Marketing Planner
  • Digital content producer
  • Image and sound engineer
  • Image & music composer / arranger
  • Music distribution director

Main Features

Unique curriculum for fostering multi-faceted musicians
In addition to musical abilities & techniques, students learn composition and arrangement, recording methods that use DAW software, how to design flyers and web pages, and how to use SNS and other channels for promotion.
Lessons by talented & successful instructors active in the industry
The instructors at TSM are highly qualified professionals with extensive experience and who are active members in well-established bands or well-known artists.
From them you will learn a wide variety of genres, technologies, techniques, performance styles, and music production techniques.
In addition, you will learn self-production, and receive special lessons by producers of record labels, web designers, and guest musicians.
Success of students after 3-year program
Many of the students who have taken a 3-year program at TSM have gone on to join major musical groups and bands, or have created their own with their fellow peers, and have gone on to debut albums on a major scale.
In addition to the skills acquired throughout your studies and your personal talents and ambitions, graduating from TSM gains the attention of the industry as it has a long-established positive reputation.
W Major Curriculum
“W Major Curriculum” is a school policy which gives students the ability to choose classes outside of the program that they decided at the time of admission as well as change majors in order that students can explore different areas and ultimately become more well-rounded artists & performers in the future.
Support to Succeed
The school believes firmly in the development of practical skills that are actually needed in the real world.
Within the program, students receive interview and audition training sessions, portfolio building workshops, and real-life practicums.
Moreover, outside of the program, students have access to admin support for any concerns about their program or classes, as well as career counselling, where qualified staff guide you to find your way in the world as an artist.
Corporate Projects that give real-life experience
Through the vast network that the TSM has developed and maintains in the industry, students are able to engage in collaborative projects that have real impact.
What better way to build your portfolio and enhance your experience!

School Location

Nearest station: Nishikasai station (Tokyo Metro Tozai line)
Distance from station: 3 minutes walk

The school is located in Nishikasai, where is surrounded by many amusement facilities and also greenery parks, which provide you fresh and clean air, and this area is known as one of the most livable town in Tokyo. Thus we can guarantee that the school location is perfect for those who want to enjoy both study and entertainments during your stay.

Available Courses

  • Curriculum Overview
  • 1st Year Class Contents
  • 2nd Year Contents
  • 3rd Year Curriculum
  • Artist Support

Curriculum Overview

Course Description

The skills that you will be able to develop include:

Industry marketing
Musical instrument playing skills
Sound production
Artist’s royalties
Web channel production
Composition / arrangement
Movie production
SNS-based Productions and Marketing
Content planning
DTM (desktop music production; MIDI)
Copyright & royalties
IT literacy
Music theory
Mastering Qualifications
Digital Revenue Strategies

Highlighted Curriculum at TSM

Recording Seminar
Original Music Production Training
Band Ensemble Work
Live Band Training
Music Theory
Video Editing
Web Production
SNS Seminar

1st Year Class Contents

Course Description

Music theory
English conversation
Year training
Voithle basics (Vo)
Solfege Foundation (Vo)
Repertoire (Vo)
Scale foundation (Gt ? Ba)
Code basis (Ba)
Group Making Basics (Dr)
Stick Control Basic (Dr)
Code basis (key)
Technique (key)
Ensemble (common to all parts)
Design basis
Recording basics
Composition, arrangement, DTM (Desktop Music Production / MIDI)

2nd Year Contents

Course Description

Each genre ensemble (common to all parts)
Voice Training (Vo)
Solfeggio Training (Vo)
Staging (Vo)
Scales and Music Theory (Gt ? Ba)
Code application (Ba)
Group making application (Dr)
Stick control Training (Dr)
Code application (key)
Technique Training (key)
Graduation Exhibition
Design application
Recording application
Composition, arrangement
Sound source delivery outline

3rd Year Curriculum

Course Description

Private lessons
Genre-specific ensemble work
Corporate project
Graduation exhibition
Composition & arrangement
Promotion practice
Graduation production

Artist Support

Course Description

Artist photography
Profile Building
COM DEBUT BANK registration
Vocal sample recording
Field experience
Industry Headhunting Events
Debut guidance
School auditions
Simulated auditions
Artist showcase
Personal counseling
Support post-graduation
Collab Performances at Off-Campus Venues in Tokyo

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