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TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku), TOKYO Faculty of Music







Street Address:

Ueno campus: 12-8 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714, Japan


+81 3 5685 7784


Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Music. Four years. Studies include performance (classical, early music, opera, traditional instruments), traditional dance music, music for Noh and Gagaku court music, composition, orchestral conducting, musicology, ethnomusicology.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In musicology, ethnomusicology, chamber music performance, music and sound, music education, arts and the environment, arts management, music therapy. Doctoral Studies.


Certificate program


Two-year courses of advanced individual instruction are offered in Western or Japanese performance, composition. Students completing the course receive a certificate but do not gain any further qualification.

Institution Notes:

A national co-educational university founded in 1887 and was granted full university status in 1949 with the amalgamation of the separate schools of Fine Arts and Music. There are programs in fine arts, music, film and new media, and global arts. The Master’s degree was added in 1963 and the Doctoral program in 1977. It is the only institution in Japan with a department of traditional Japanese music as well as Western music. In 2016 the Graduate School of Global Arts was created, concentrating on musical creativity and the environment with studies in relationships between body and sound and between space and sound. Its Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices program involves studies in such areas as arts management, curating and cultural policy. The main campus is in Ueno, with other campuses in Toride, Ibaraki, Senju, Kanagawa and Yokohama. The Departments of Musical Creativity and the Environment and the Graduate School's Department of Musicology and Music Studies are located at the Toride campus. Facilities include a large music library, a new Center for Musical Performance (containing the Sogakudo Concert Hall), an art museum, six performing spaces for music, an Art Media Centre and the Nara Institute of Ancient Research. The Center for Music Research consists of four divisions: • Music Reference Room, with a well-equipped stock of reference books, journals, and recordings. • Listening Room for those engaged in music research. • Acoustics Laboratory for research into performance acoustics, the acoustics of performance spaces and research in acoustics of electronic music. • Koizumi Fumio Memorial Archives, with a large collection of Asian and African musical instruments, world music reference books and recordings for ethnomusicological studies. There are exchange agreements with several foreign universities in China, Germany, Korea, Finland, Austria, France and England. An attached senior high school enables students to receive music instruction from staff at the Faculty of Music. Since 2004, following the corporatisation of the national universities, the official name is now the National University Corporation Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku. Member of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen.

Last Updated:

February 2022