Graduate School of Music

In the past, the Graduate School of Music offered three majors: Master’s Course of Musical Arts, Master’s Course of Vocal Music, and Master’s Course of Instrumental Music. In 2009, however, the Graduate School was reorganized and now offers two majors: Graduate Program in Musical Arts and Graduate Program in Performing Arts. The curriculum was changed to make such education and research more suitable to the needs of communities. Based on the study of Christian music that has been a valued element of Ferris University since its foundation, both majors offered by the Graduate School of Music lead students in a clear direction using a functional approach that is in line with their future goals. Whether they are classical music performance activities or music projects focusing on modern social trends, each will contribute towards an ever better future for music in Japan.

Human Development Goal of the Graduate School of Music

The Graduate School provides education and encourages research on theories and applications in the field of music and thereby develops talented professionals who have not only highly specialized knowledge, ability, and skills, but also qualities that enable them to support the music community in many different ways.

Graduate School of Music Organization Chart

Graduate School of Music Graduate Program in Musical Arts

The Graduate Program in Musical Arts aims to foster highly specialized professionals through a curriculum that makes them more aware of the demands of today’s world. This major emphasizes flexibility and the ability to quickly note rapid changes in the times while focusing ever more closely on the fundamental principle of the Department of Musical Arts (College of Music) curriculum: "connecting people and communities through music." The required electives, such as the Study/Seminar in Composition, Study/Seminar in Applied Music, Study/Seminar in Musical Culture, and Study/Seminar in Musical Communication, are designed to promote open discussion among students with different majors, whereas the Preparation for Graduate Program is designed to provide detailed, specialized guidance on a one-on-one basis. "

Attempts are being made to keep the tuition for the Graduate Program in Musical Arts the same price as that for Graduate School of Humanities Graduate Programs to help alleviate the economic burden. In addition, if Graduate Program in Musical Arts students wish to take practical performance lessons, they can take Performing Arts courses (private lessons) starting in their first year of study.

The Curriculum
Graduate Program in Musical Arts


HOSHINO, Satoshi Professor Voice
KAWAMOTO, Akitsugu Associate Professor Popular Music, Music Theory, Musicology
NAKANISHI, Yoshihito Associate Professor Musical Instrument Design, Sound Design
OHTA, Sakurako Associate Professor Composition, Music Theory
SETOH, Kohji Associate Professor Computer Music, Arts Management
TANIGUCHI, Akihiro Professor Historical Musicology, Applied Musicology, Music Journalism
TATEGAMI, Shoko Professor Piano(Collaborative), Vocal Coach, Musical Analysis & Interpretation, Brain Injury (Cognitive Dysfunction)

Graduate School of Music Graduate Program in Performing Arts

The Graduate Program in Performing Arts focuses on “acquiring the skills used for artistic expression during musical performance and scholarly pursuits for that purpose.” Furthermore, this major offers a curriculum and unique course system that produce music educators, teachers, chamber music artists, accompanists, church organists, and other music professionals in addition to select world-class performers, foster individuals capable of making full use of their abilities in all types of musical settings, and are capable of providing sufficient support for each student’s future career centering on their major field of study.

Since both students and staff devote themselves to the study of music performance, students can focus on acquiring more advanced performance skills and a higher level of artistic expression.

Major Fields of Study
・Vocal music, Piano, Organ, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Flute

The Curriculum
Graduate Program in Performing Arts


IDE, Tomoko Lecturer Flute
KURATA, Masayuki Professor Voice(Operas Choir)
KUROKAWA, Hiroshi Professor Piano, Chamber Music, Concerto
OCHIAI, Atsushi Professor Piano
TODA, Yayoi Professor Violin, Chamber Music
TSUCHIYA, Kojiro Professor Voice(Italian Songs and Operas, Religious Music)