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What is music to you?

Something you keep a distance from, a part of your life, something you just listen to, something you enjoy just playing… But if you were able to create it yourself?

That’s not easy for you? You are not talented? You are not confident of, or you have no idea what to do? There might be some hesitation. Where does the hesitation come from?

Maybe you think you need a special skill, your teacher doesn’t recognise your expression in music, you have to study music theory to create music… In fact, this is all in your imagination. In other words, you are bound by a single point of view.

We are equal under sound, but not under music
Anyone can make sound. But when it comes to music, we start by using musical instruments such as a piano or guitar, five-line notation system and music theory in common, and tend to categorise and rate everything. And people say “That’s wrong”, “You must do it like this”, “He/she is good”, “You are not talented”, or “You’d better study again from the beginning”.

Where has our own music gone?
This means that people follow "great" musicians in the past as role models, or depend on popular songs or musical instruments that everybody is using, and gradually share and get bound by a single "ordinary" perspective. This leads you to be blind to your own sense of music, originality and creativity, or give up music thinking that you can’t do it. Some people reach deadlock.

This is not everything about music
It’s natural that you think this is all music is about, but this is just one perspective and you can obviously take another perspective. You simply don't realise it.

A series of workshops called "Invent Music" that I have organised in Japan, New Zealand and the Netherlands since 2012 proved that we can create music without existing musical instruments such as the guitar or violin, existing five-line notation system and music theory such as "Do-Re-Mi" or chord progressions. People who joined the workshops found out how music is truly close to themselves and enjoyed music from the heart.

Music is something like a double image that you can take multiple points of view of. However, most people are not even aware of this since everyone shares one “ordinary" perspective. I provide private music lessons where you can take another point of view in music.


In my lessons, we don't work on particular musical instruments or songs, but instead focus on creating music ourselves and we work on how we express ourselves in music in order to take a new perspective.

Here is the principle of my lessons:

1 Do Not Evaluate
Nothing will be evaluated such as "right", "wrong", "good", "bad", "role model", or "talented" in order to focus on your own (latent) sense of music.

2 Do Not Teach
For the same purpose, I will never "teach" anything but instead provide some information that might useful for you, and also help you express yourself. It is you who decide how you make sound and with what kind of musical instrument, how you transcribe music, and what kind of sound you use.

3 Create Everything Ourselves
We will never use existing musical instruments such as the piano or guitar, existing notation system or music pieces that someone else wrote, but instead create your own musical instruments, notation system and finally create songs using them.

Sounds difficult? Don't worry, it might be just your preconceived ideas brought on by existing music. You will find out how music is truly close to you and you will create some yourself. The lessons are based on Neutral Music Concept.

What We Do


Remove your bias and hesitation, and get inspired by thinking about music from various aspects through examples from all over the world.

  • What is "music"?
  • What is "to perform"?
  • What is "to play music"?
  • What are "musical instruments"?
  • What are "songs"?
  • What are "music sheets (notation system)"?
  • What is "to practise"?
  • What is "music theory"?
  • The role of music
  • Find the border between "music" and "sound"
Learn the Nature of Sound

Learn the nature of sound and how it affects human bodies through experiences using your voice.

  • What is sound?
  • The speed of sound
  • How we hear
  • Loudness
  • Pitch
    • Doppler effect
    • Directivity
    • Decay
    • Aging and hearing sense
    • How animals hear
  • Tone
    • Overtones
    • How to make a penetrating voice
  • Perfect pitch & relative pitch
  • Colored hearing synesthesia & phonopsia
  • Cymatics
How to Make Sound (Physically)

Learn how sounds are different from different materials such as metal, wood, paper, glass or ceramic, or different way of playing such as hitting, blowing, rubbing, or plucking.

  • Solids
    • Solids - Surfaces
      • Difference in sound by materials and methods
        • Metal surface
        • Wooden surface
        • Paper surface
        • Glass surface
        • Ceramic surface
        • Plastic surface
        • Skin surface
        • Shell surface
    • Solids - Reeds
      • Difference in sound by materials and methods
        • Reeds made from animals or plants
    • Solids - Membranes
      • Mechanisms
        • Tacks
        • Wires / ropes
        • Bolts
      • Difference in sound by materials and methods
        • Plastic or skin surface
    • Solids - Strings
      • Mechanisms
        • Tuning pegs
        • Frets / bridges
        • Necks / fingerboards
        • Sound holes / slits
      • Triggers
        • Hammers
        • Picks
        • Bows
      • Methods
        • Harmonics
      • Difference in sound by materials and methods
        • Metal or nylon strings
  • Gas / Liquid
    • Mechanisms
      • Loops
      • Slides
      • Valves
      • Open / closed tube
      • Tone holes
    • Material of container
    • Shape of container
    • Difference in sound by materials and methods
  • Improvisationability / Controllablity
  • How to fix or hold the insturment
Sound, Electricity and Computer I

Learn how to use and the basics of microphones, pickups, loudspeakers, headphones, channel, and cables.

  • Microphones
    • Varieties
      • Condenser
      • Dynamic
      • Piezoelectric
    • Polar patterns
    • Frequency responses
    • Impedance
    • Sensitivity
    • Accessories
      • Stands
      • Pop filters
      • Shock mounts
  • Pickups
  • Loudspeakers
    • Uses
    • Designs
    • Directivity
    • Frequency responses
    • Enclosures
    • Drive types
  • Headphones
    • Designs
      • Dynamic
      • Balanced armature
      • Electrostatic
    • Enclosures
      • Open-back
      • Closed-back
  • Channels
    • Audio sources
    • Loudspeakers
  • Cables / Connectors
    • Data transmission
      • USB
      • Thunderbolt
    • Types of connectors
      • USB
      • Thunderbolt
      • XLR
      • TRS / TS (phone)
      • XLR / TRS combo
      • RCA
      • Speakon
      • TOSLINK
      • Duplex SC
      • Ethernet
      • BNC
    • Storage
Sound, Electricity and Computer II

Learn how to use and the basics of impedance, audio mixers, power modules, computers, AD/DA converters, audio interfaces, setting up music studio, and audio formats.

  • Impedance
  • Audio mixers
  • 19-inch racks
  • Power supplies
  • Computers
    • Specifications
    • OS
  • Sampling
    • PCM
    • DSD
  • Audio interfaces
  • Portable recorders
  • MIDI controllers
  • Studio setup
    • Studio monitors
    • Sound absorption
    • Sound-proofing
    • Microphones
    • Anechoic Chambers
    • Devices
  • Data formats
    • Codec
      • Patents / costs
      • Compression
Open Your Ears

While walking around outdoors listening to the sounds around you, record samples for your musical works and collect materials for your own musical instruments.


The front side of your worksheet lets you see the sound of the place as a single "soundscape" and answer these questions.

  • Is there any change or anything in common with the previous place?
  • Is there any change when you close your eyes?
  • How would you explain the soundscape?
  • How would you describe the soundscape as a drawing?
  • How would the sound be different if the weather changed?
  • Guess the soundscape from 50 years ago to 50 years later
  • The back side of your worksheet let you focus on every single individual sound you hear and answer these questions.

  • Moving sound / Standstill sound
  • Natural sound / Artificial sound
  • Close sound / Distant sound
  • Loud sound / Soft sound
  • A sound unique to this place
  • The most impressive sound for you
  • Single sound / Continuous sound
  • Sound you want to leave / remove
  • Sound you like / Sound you dislike
  • M7
    How to Create Music

    Get some tips on how to get inspiration for your music production or improvisation.

    • What is improvisation & composition
      • Improvisation and Kazune Koyama
      • Inspiration
      • Self-rating by percentage
    • How to compose / do improvisation
      • 1 – Getting ready
        • 1A: Your mind
        • 1B: Your body
        • 1C: Music detox
      • 2 – Choose what to focus
        • 2A: Something natural
        • 2B: Something artificial
        • 2C: Emotion
      • 3 – Choose how to keep a record
        • 3A: Notation system
        • 3B: Recording
      • 4 – Choose how to make sound
        • 4A: Physical instruments
        • 4B: Samplers
        • 4C: Synthesisers
      • 5 – Choose how to express
        • 5A: Desire for movement
        • 5B: Jam sessions
        • 5C: Live looping
        • 5D: Set rules
        • 5E: Language
        • 5G: Music theory
    How to Make Sound (Virtually) Coming soon

    Learn how to make your computer a digital instrument using "Pure Data", the open source development environment.


    60 min
    Design Your Own Musical Instrument(s)
    1-to-1 video or audio chat

    I will help you to create your own musical instruments from things you can find around you.

    • Physical instruments
      • Make yourself: I will help you creating musical instruments out of things you can find at your home.
      • Custom made: Coming soon I will help you design and print your own musical instrument using 3D printer.
    • Virtual instruments
      • Make yourself: Coming soon I will help you create programming on your computer.
      • Custom made: Coming soon I will create software for you.

    60 min
    Design Your Own Notation, Create Music & Improvisation
    1-to-1 video or audio chat

    Using your own musical instrument, design your own notation (music sheet), do improvisation, and finally create a song.


    Contribution to Ardour
    $1 or more


    Using "Ardour", the open source and donation-ware digital audio workstation, learn how to record audio tracks and mix them together.

    • Prepare Ardour
    • Audio recording
    • Tracks
    • Samplers
    • Mixer screen
    • Edit screen
    Publish and Get Reward

    Learn how to publish and sell your work, and how to do music performances, tips on appearing on media.

    • Language
    • Getting ready
    • Create contents
      • Logos
      • Profile pictures
      • Biography
      • Works
      • Upcoming concerts
      • Email address / contact forms
    • Audio formats and quality
    • License and copyrights
    • Publish
    • Websites
      • HTML and CSS
      • Web servers
      • Domains
      • SSL/TLS certificates
    • Platforms
      • SoundCloud
      • YouTube
      • Vimeo
    • Music label for Creative Commons works
    • Getting rewards
    • Bandcamp
    • Gumroad
    • Get spread
    • Social networks
      • Facebook
      • Instagram
      • Twitter
      • Diaspora
      • Mastodon
    • Blogs
      • WordPress
    • Newsletters
    • Flyers
    • Online forums
    • Press releases
    • Crowd funding
    • Appearing on media
    • Where to do performance
      • On street
      • At event
      • Cafes / restaurants / bars
      • Art galleries
      • Live music clubs
      • Halls / Stadiums
      • Malls
      • Temples / shrines / churches
      • Nursing homes
      • On ship
    • Steps for performance
      • Booking
      • Rehearsals
      • Transportation
      • Sound checks
      • Monitor speakers
      • Performance
      • Packing
      • Get paid
      • Afterparty
    • Collecting payments
    • Tips on appearing on media

    Who it is For

    It is for anyone 5 years or older (class for 3-4 years is coming soon). For example:

    When I am Available

    Central Europe Time (CET) 08:00 - 17:00
    Japan Standard Time (JST) From the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October
    15:00 - 00:00
    The rest
    16:00 - 01:00

  • We will decide on when to hold the next lesson at the end of each lesson.
  • Fees

    There is a free consultation for half an hour in advance of any lessons either in person or online.
    Per hour / EUR €30,-
    Per hour / JPY ¥3,800

    The following is added if applicable:

    A Studio fee

  • If using a studio for the lesson, actual studio rental fee is added
  • Not applied for lessons at your home or online lessons
  • B Travel expenses

  • Actual return-trip expenses are added
  • Not applied for online lessons
  • C Additional fees

  • Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
  • PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
  • PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
  • Shipping: none
  • Notes
  • Lessons are available from just once to unlimited times.
  • You can customise how frequent and how long each lesson is.
  • Payments must be made 3 days ahead of a lesson. It would be cancelled if no payment is made.
  • Lessons could be postponed or cancelled when I am busy or on holidays.
  • The following rates are as from Apr 2019 and may change in the future.
  • Discount prices are available for advance payment / long-term lessons.
  • Payment Methods

    Credit / Debit Card
    The following credit or debit cards are accepted:
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Maestro
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club
  • PayPal

  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • PayPal balance
  • Bank transfer
  • Bank Transfer

    From Europe
    iDEAL, Sofort or IBAN
    From Japan
    Transfer to Japanese bank account

    PIN card
  • Visa
  • VPay
  • Mastercard
  • Maestro
  • American Express
  • Android Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Cancellation Policy

    In case of participant cancellation:
    At least 24 hours ahead of a lesson, refund will be made in full or carry forward the lesson fee to the next lesson. Otherwise, no refund will be made.

    In case of company (Kazune Koyama) cancellation:
    If lessons are booked, fees will be carried forward to the next lesson. Otherwise, refund will be made in full within 14 days.

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    Subscription for a membership of Neutral Music Academy:
    Price ¥14,800 (incl.) / month
    Additional fees Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
    PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
    PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
    Shipping: none
    Payment methods Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
    When to pay Beginning of subscription / renewal
    When to get delivered Right after payment
    Return / refund Not refundable due to the nature of the item


    Price S2S4 ¥950 (incl.) / item
    S5General ¥3,800 (incl.) / item
    Additional fees Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
    PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
    PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
    Shipping: none
    Payment methods Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
    When to pay When purchasing
    When to get delivered Right after payment
    Return / refund Not refundable due to the nature of the item


    Price ¥3,800 (incl.) / hour
    Additional fees Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
    PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
    PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
    Shipping: none
    Payment methods Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
    When to pay When making a booking
    When to get delivered The time for the appointment
    Return / refund If notified before 24 hours prior to the appointment: refundable
    After 24 hours prior to the appointment: not refundable

    Custom-made Musical Instrument

    Price Various according to material and manufacture cost
    Additional fees Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
    PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
    PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
    Shipping: various according to the size, weight and destination
    Payment methods Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
    When to pay 40% upfront of the total cost except shipping cost: before manufacture
    The rest 60%: before delivery
    When to get delivered After confirming 100% of the total cost except shipping cost
    Return / refund

    If notified no later than 14 days since the delivery and initial malfunction is found: Either replacement, repair or refund is possible (Kazune Koyama bears the shipping cost)

    If later than 14 days or no initial malfuction is found: not refundable (buyer bears the shipping cost)