Introduction to the Major
Professors talk about what you can learn through this major.
Art has been an essential part of Liberal Arts since the ancient times. This is a field of study which asks a fundamental question as to how our aesthetic essence is expressed and recognized through sight, sense of touch, hearing, or in combination. The exploration of the question naturally connects with many other fields of study which originate from traditional disciplines such as humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Consequently, this major emphasises the importance of interdisciplinary consideration of the meaning of human existence as recognized through the various human senses.
Since the 20th Century, the border between refined art expression and popular expression has become more and more ambiguous. It is a pressing need to give students, who are consumers and also creators of such cultural products, an anchor for judgment of the true aesthetic values of human existence and to achieve an education which nurtures sensible, responsible citizens. In this respect, this major is expected to play a more important role in the world to come.
This major does not offer practice courses in musical performance or composition, but rather focuses upon how to analyze the meanings of musical theories and examines the music history of western and other cultures. By applying this knowledge to examine possible influences on performance expression, this major tries to promote students who are not necessarily professional performers or composers, that to think about and analyze how humans have created music means a quest for what we are. For instance, learning about the music of a certain age and society inevitably also means to learn widely about art, literature, philosophies, religions, and politics, of that age and society. Therefore, having a comprehensive understanding about human kind through the study of music is extremely meaningful.
This major also provides knowledge of 1) the significance of the existence of art in society, 2) an understanding of how to critically judge various musical expressions, 3) an understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary study in collaboration with other study fields, 4) the value of musical activities as seen from a global perspective. Additionally, for students who wish to deepen their study in Music, the major aims at firming their academic foundations to a level where they can accomplish their research in top graduate schools in Japan as well as in overseas.
Graduates of this major will gain skills that help them contribute to the society they belong to using a global perspective, and the capacity to make balanced judgments grounded in advanced critical thinking skills and a heightened sense of responsibility.