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Invent Music

A Workshop to Create Music from Scratch
For team building education art therapy etc.

Invent Music is a workshop to design your own musical instruments, your own notation system, and finally create a song or do improvisation regardless of knowledge, skills in existing music.

Since we don't use any existing musical instruments and aren't based on existing music theory, there is no knowledge or experience on music needed.

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For education

I can organise Invent Music for schools or adult education institutes. The contents can be flexibly modified according to the age group or the type of education.

It is intended for a wide range of ages from 3 years old to adults and also suitable for families. The aim is to improve creativity of the participants (students) through an attempt at creating songs and improvisation.

Part One
30 min
Forget All & Think Again

  • Think What is "music"?
  • Think What is to "perform"?
  • Think What are "musical instruments"?
  • Think What are "songs"?
  • Think What do you need for "song" at a minimum?
  • Do Make a "sound" / Make a sound "musically"
  • Think Do you think this is "sound" or "music"?
  • Think Your tool to cross the border between "sound" and "music"
  • Part Two
    30 min
    Design & Make Your Own Musical Instrument

  • Learn how to make sounds from the physical perspective
  • Do Design & make your own musical instrument — cut & paste, put them together, whatever you want
  • Do Name the musical instrument

  • Part Three
    30 min+
    Improvisation & Make a Song

  • Do Make some sounds (improvisation)
  • Do Discuss and invent your own notation system (music sheet)
  • Do Make a song together with your own notation system and musical instrument
  • Do Concert with your own musical instrument
  • Part Four
    15 min+
    Sharing

  • Hear the recording
  • Share what you think
  • For team building

    As an expert of music from Japan, I offer a team building workshop to help your team discover how to perform teamwork in a Japanese way through music.

    In Japan, teamwork is very important and Japanese people are very good at it. We will form an orchestra just like large companies from Japan such as Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba - but there is no knowledge or experience of music needed.

    It is possible to reflect actual team roles or process in the workshop. Each one in your team will be able to listen and interact better with each other, discover the qualities of others, and be aware that everyone is contributing to and being responsible for the result (have a feeling of cooperation), as some people mentioned in their feedbacks.

    Part One
    30 min
    Forget All & Think Again

  • Think What is "music"?
  • Think What do you need for "song" at a minimum?
  • Do Make a "sound" / Make a sound "musically"
  • Think Do you think this is "sound" or "music"?
  • Think Your tool to cross the border between "sound" and "music"
  • Part Two
    30 min
    Design & Make Your Own Musical Instrument

  • Learn how to make sounds from the physical perspective
  • Do Design & make your own musical instrument — cut & paste, put them together, whatever you want
  • Do Name the musical instrument
  • Do Make some sounds (improvisation)
  • Part Three
    30 min+
    Improvisation

    • Learn how Japanese communication works
    • Do Try improvisation in a Japanese way
      • Pushing
      • Concern / imagine / suppose
      • Balanced communication
      • Hiding confidence
      • Controling yourself
      • Personality / individuality / originality

    Part Four
    15 min+
    Sharing

  • Hear the recording
  • Share what you think
  • What People Say

    楽しかったです。音楽をかたく思っていたのを、はずしてもらった感じで、自由なんだーと思いニッコリしました。毎日の生活で楽しみが増えました。

    Translated It was fun. I can't help smiling since I found out that music is freer than I had thought. I have found something to entertain myself with in my daily life.

    — 14 Jul 2012 | Nagoya, Japan
    音楽には遠い生活をしている中で、こうして様々なモノを使って音をつくりだして、人といっしょに音を楽しむという体験は本当に楽しかったです。いつのまにか自分が笑顔になっていて、とても素敵な気持ちとなりました。

    Translated It was a lot of fun creating and enjoying sound with someone else together using a variety of things as music is something distant for me.

    — 27 Oct 2013 | Fukuoka, Japan
    自分の好きな時に好きな音を出すのがこんなにも楽しいんだなぁと思いました。「音楽」を作ろうとなった2回目の録音の時に、参加者一人一人がお互いの音を聴くことに意識が向かっていて、その感覚が重なった時に、皆で合奏している感じがして、とても楽しかったです。

    Translated I didn't know making any sound I want anytime was such a fun. Everyone was focusing on listening to each other in the second recording and I felt I am playing a role as a part of the band.

    — 14 Jul 2012 | Nagoya, Japan
    森の中にいるみたい。動物の鳴き声。目を閉じていると音の遠近感がより強く感じられた。「リズム」を知って、明らかに「音楽」ができたと思う。「自分も参加したい」という思いが強くなった。

    Translated It's like being in a forest, listening to animals. My sense of distance got sharper when closing my eyes. Obviously the sound turned into "music" knowing "rhythm". Felt stronger that I want to be involved.

    — 6 May 2012 | Osaka, Japan
    5分間の音出しの時、最初は自分が思うようにだらだら音を出していたけど、しだいに周りの音を聞くようになって、それに合わせるように音を出している時があった。大きな音で、リズムのある音があったから、それにひっぱられてる感もあって、そう感じたら、また自分だけのリズムになった。→集団での人とのつきあい方も似てるかも?はじめは自分楽しもう!と場に参加して話をするけど、しだいに色んな人の話をきいて、へーって思って、でもそこで終わるんじゃなくて、自分の感じたこととかをまた話し出す。そんな感覚と似ているような気がした。どこで人の音をきくか、自分の音を出すか、帰るか、そういったタイミングの違いがそれぞれあっておもしろいと思った。

    Translated At the beginning, I was just making sound I want and didn't care what others are doing, but gradually I started listening and was making sound reacting to them. When I realised that I was guided by the loud and clear rhythm, my own sense of rhythm came back. It might be similar to how teams and communities work. Trying to have fun at the beginning, and start listening to the others, but it also leads me to speak what I think. When to listen, when to speak, when to leave - very interesting to see the difference in each one.

    — 23 Jun 2012 | Tokyo, Japan
    Very interesting. I always thought I can't play music even though I've always wanted to.

    — 12 Dec 2014 | Wellington, New Zealand

    About payment

    Fee Various according to a project
    Additional fees Collaborator
    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
    Participant
    None
    Payment methods Collaborator
    Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
    Participant
    Credit card / cash
    When to pay The time of workshop
    When to get delivered The time of workshop
    Return / refund Collaborator
    If notified before 24 hours prior to the appointment: refundable
    After 24 hours prior to the appointment: not refundable
    Participant
    Upfront: Various according to a project
    After the workshop has started: not refundable

    I Can Organise It For You

    I accept offers from anywhere in the world as far as I can handle my schedule and fee. It's also possible to alter the contents for special occasions such as educational or therapy programs. Check out the following requirement and feel free to ask me.
    Language
    English / Japanese

    Duration
    2 hours
    (Can be shortened or split)

    Capacity
    4 people - No upper limit

    Ages Admitted
    4 years old and over

    What to bring
  • Things to make sound (other than "instruments" which you are okay to share with others)
  • Equipments Needed
  • Quiet room
  • Screen (or white wall, white board etc.)
  • Sockets (consuming approx. 400W)
  • Chairs
  • AC (mid summer or winter, depending on the weather)
  • Staffs Needed
  • Assistant (guide)
  • Cameraperson (photo)
  • Cameraperson (video)

  • * These can also be served by the same person.

    Organising Fees
    For corporation / organisations
    From €450,-*
    From ¥56,000*
    For individuals / non-profits
    From €90,-*
    From ¥11,500*
    * fees will be reduced when the workshop is shortened or split
    * expenses for travel and accommodation may be added

    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

    Send a Request

    Please include the followings if you know:
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  • Date of workshop
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  • Intended age group
  • Estimated number of participants
  • Your budget
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    You Can Organise

    Anyone can organise, modify this lecture/workshop as long as you specify that the deviser is Kazune Koyama. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. This workshop is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.