Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Musicology


Eizaburo Tsuchida,  Profossor

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1) Academic profile

His Research interests in 18th and 19th-century music, particularly history of musical form and form theory, history of symphony, form and semantics in the music of Beethoven and Bruckner.

2) Recent research themes

Musical Form Study
He is dealing of Marc Evan Bonds, Wordless Rhetoric: Musical Form and the Metaphor of the Oration, Cambridge (Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1991)
Beethoven Study, History of Symphony
He is rethinking about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Sinfonia Eroica), in terms of sketch study, performance history, reception history, edition study, relationships to Revolutionary music and his music of Prometheus, formal analysis, hermeneutic study, and instrumentation.

3) Lecture & Seminar

Seminar for Graduate Students: Issues on Music Forms II, “Issues on Absolute music”
Critical Reading of books including Marc Evan Bonds’ Absolute Music: The History of an Idea (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
Lecture: Reading of basic literature of musicology in German
Reading of Erwin Ratz’ Einführung in die musikalische Formenlehre (Vienna: Universal Edition, 1951, 3/1973).

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Yasuko Tsukahara,  Professor

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Received her doctorate degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1990, specialized in Japanese music history particularly focusing on the modern period. Her major books include Reception of Western music in the 19th Century Japan (1993, awarded the Kyoto Music Prize and the TANABE Hisao Prize) and The Meiji State and Gagaku (2009, awarded the TANABE Hisao Prize). Her recent articles are “State Ceremony and Music in Meiji-era Japan” (Nineteenth-Century Music Review 10: 2013) and “Japanese Naval Bands during the Russo-Japanese War in 1904-1905” (Bulletin of the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, no.40: 2015). She also co-authored Music History for Beginners and Lecture on Traditional Japanese Performing Arts: Music among others.
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Kin’ya Osumi,  Professor

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1) Academic profile

He is Professor in Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts and Director of the University Library. After studying in Tübingen, Germany in 1989-1991, He worked as Lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts and Associate professor at Naruto University of Education. In 2012 he was awarded a Tsuji Soichi and Miura Anna scholarship.

2) Recent research themes

His research interests has concentrated on 16th and 17th-century Christian music in Germany, and music in Renaissance and Baroque periods. He is also interested in interdisciplinary music studies, including music history from the perspective of religion and death, and popular music studies.

3) Lecture & Seminar
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Yukio Uemura,  Professor

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1) Academic profile

Educational and Professional History
BA(1985) and MA(1987) from Tokyo University of the Arts (GEIDAI) ; Studied Korean music and musicology at Seoul National University (1989-1991); Completed Ph.D. program without dissertation (1994). At GEIDAI since 2005; Director, Koizumi Fumio Memorial Archives.
Teaching and Research Interests
ethnomusicology; history of Asian music; Korea; Okinawa; Uyghur; Javanese gamelan; colonialism; social history of music
Authored and Edited Books (In Japanese)
A History of Asian Music (1996; co-edited with TSUGE Gen’ichi)
Exploring Korean Music (1998)

2) Current Research Topics

  1. Social History of Military Band Music and Musicians in the Late Joseon Korea.

Historical investigation into musical activities and social organizations of Ch’uigosu and Seaksu, two groups of military band musicians in the late Joseon Korea (17-20th centuries).

  1. Critical Reconsideration of Asian Music Studies by Japanese Scholars in the Early 20th Century.

Post-colonial reconsideration of early history of Asian music studies in modern Japan, focusing on the formation process of “Toyo Ongaku (Oriental / Asiatic Music)”.

  1. Restoration Study of Uyghur 12 Muqam through the Wire Recording Sources

Restoration of the musical style and performance practice of Uyghur 12 (on-ikki) muqam in the early 20th century, utilizing the newly-discovered wire recording sources. Collaborative research with scholars in Xinjiang Arts Institute, China.

  1. Construction of Field Recording Archives of Korean and Okinawan Folk Music

Digitization and preservation project of Korean and Okinawan folk music recordings, methodological and ethical problems of utilization of sound archives are also examined. Collaborative research with scholars in Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts and Seoul National University. 
3) Class Subjects and Goals
Introduction to Asian Music History; Freshman Seminar in Ethnomusicology; Lecture and Seminar in Asian Musics and Ethnomusicology; Organology; Reading Seminar in Musicology (English) [for musicology-major students]. Introduction to Japanese and Asian Musics [for music-major students except for musicology].
Their primary goals are to introduce students to Asian musics and their cultural and historical contexts, to broaden their understanding of music in human life, and to develop basic research skills of ethnomusicology including fieldwork.
Master’s and Doctoral Programs:
Seminar in Musicology (Ethnomusicology); Special Studies in Musicology (Asian Musics).
The goal of the classes is for students to provide theoretical issues and current topics in ethnomusicology and Asian music studies. Students are required to develop their disciplinary knowledge, academic insights and research skills through the presentation and class discussion. Field experiences of music(s) in its broadest sense are essential in participating in the seminars.

Fuyuko Fukunaka,  Associate Professor

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1) Academic profile

She received her BA in performance from Kunitachi College of Music, and MA and PhD in Historical Musicology from New York University, The Graduate School of Arts and Science.

2) Current Research Topics

Her research interests lie in 20th– and 21st-century music, in particular, postwar music theater, music and literary theory, and music and the Cold War politics.

3) Publications

Selected publications: The Horizons of Opera Studies (Co-editor, Sairyu-sha, 2009), The New Musicology: Critical Approaches to the Interpretation of Musical Works (Editor and Translator, Keio University Press, 2013) and book chapters in Alban Berg und der Zwanziger Jahre (Verlag Mueller-Speiser, 1999), Music of Japan Today (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008), Vocal Music and Contemporary Identities (Routledge, 2013), Contemporary Music in East Asia (Seoul National University Press, 2014), and Lexikon Neue Musik (Metzler, 2016).
4)Lectures Seminars
Prof. Fukunaka’s teaching at the Music Faculty includes undergraduate courses on seminars in musical aesthetics and in contemporary music, history of opera, and history of western music. She also teaches graduate pro-seminars and advises Master’s and Ph. D. students.
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Shin Nishimagi,  Associate Professor

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1) Academic profile

BA and MA from Waseda University, Tokyo, and PhD in Musicology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études (IVe section : Section des sciences historiques et philologiques).

2) Current Research Topics

His research interests lie in the philology of music of the 9th-12th centuries.

  • Critical edition of the Musica disciplina of Aurélian de Réôme (in preparation with Christian Meyer).
  • Critical edition of the Dialogus de musica (in preparation).
  • Comaparative studies of the aquitanian and french theoretical tonaries.

3) Publications

Selected publications: Tractatuli, Excerpta et Fragmenta de Musica s. XI et XII (Brepols, 2011)

4) Lecture & Seminar

His teaching at the undergraduate courses includes the reading of the french texts, and the history of western music theory.


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