Kentaro Kaneko, the chief instructor at the guitar division (place: Roppongi)
to play the guitar from 14 years old, play in several bands while he
was in a high school. Before 20 years old he already started to play as
a sideman with several artists. From 2004 he enrolled in Berklee
College of Music in Boston. Through his school days his performance
attracts people's attentions in the industry and got offers from record
After he came back Japan he starts to perform again as a sideman, studio musician, and work for a famous theme park. In 2010 he released his first album "Way to your heart".
Recently he arranged and played on an image song of a TV animation "Astalotte no Omocha!", and played on a video game composer Kenji Ito's "Re:Birth". His style is mostly based on rock, blues, funk, R&B, Jazz, and gets reputations for his emotional play.
Official Website: http://www.kentarokaneko.com
Tomonobu "Nobu" Teshima, instructor at the guitar division (place: Nishinippori)
his high school days Nobu started to perform in several bands while he
was in Aoyama gakuin University he passed the world scholarship
audition and enrolled in Berklee College of Music from May 2005.
While he majored Songwriting, he also learned guitar performance with Bret Willmott, Jim Kelly, Sal Difusco, Don Lappin and Tim Milleretc. He studied broad areas of composition with Jack Perricone, Arnold Friedman, Dan Smith, Henry Gaffney etc, and study conducting with David Callahan and Valerie Taylor etc.
After he graduate from the college, played in several bands in Boston for a year and come back Japan in Feb 2009. Now he is working as an instructor, a sideman / guitarist in several bands, and also as a composer for video games.
Official Blog: http://nobumusicblog.blog110.fc2.com/
Masakazu Kiritake, instructor at guitar division (place: Ikebukuro and Nerima)
|Masakazu Kiritake was born in Hyogo|
He has been playing guitar since 14
Age 20, he was impressed by Jiro Yoshida's playing who is one of the world-class guitarist,
and decided to drop out of college and go to US for study music.
In 2004 he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music. He studied composition and arrangement of jazz under the faculty of the jazz composition department. He also studied guitar with Jon Damian who is famous as the author of “The Guitarist's Guide to Composition and Improvising”. He learned a methodology for building an original solo.
In 2008 he graduated from Berklee College of Music.
Went back to Japan after graduation, he performed in local and taught guitar at a culture school and a guitar school. From 2012, he moved in Tokyo. He perform at live-spot and bar in the metropolitan area.
Demo Performance : Misty (solo guitar)
Official Website : http://ameblo.jp/masakazu-kiritake/
Taro Koike, the chief instructor at the bass division (place: Nishikasai)
was born in Tokyo, started to play rock guitar at 15 years old.
Afterwards he studied flamenco guitar with Masashi Yamazaki and Kohei
Komori about four years, then switched his main instruments to 6-string
In 2005 he enrolled in Berklee College of Music on a scholarship. He studied composition, film scoring and bass performance with professor Thomas McGah, Arnold Friedman, Joseph Smith, Fernando Huergo, Yumiko Matsuoka, George Monseur, Thomas Hojnacki, Rick Kress, Kris Adams, Jonathan Klein, Bill Elliott, David Howard, Jim Stinnett and other splendid teachers.
After he came back home in 2007, he started to perform with various musicians around Tokyo. Currently he is writing to and playing with his own piano trio called “Kazuhiro, Taro & Chris“ with his schoolmates Kazuhiro Masuda (Pf.) and Chris Duke (Ds.). Also since 2011, he has been playing in a trio “EBIUMA（蝦馬）” formed by Toshiyuki Honma (Pf./G., ex. THE TRA-BRYU). He is a 6-string fretless bass' expert, has many solo repertories as well as trio performances.
Besides his personal works as a musician, he is also a member of a Hollywood-based music production called “PearUp Media”, managing its Japan branch office as a director and working on music for film, TV, animation and video game. In 2011 he joined in a orchestral recording team in Bratislava for SEGA's brand-new video game "Binary Domain".
As a member of PearUp Media, he also participated in a worldwide project of Japan's top video game company in 2011-2012. For the title PearUp Media wrote 52 pieces including the main theme, provided all the orchestration and orchestra recording supervision in Sydney. He is also a specialist of MakeMusic's notation software Finale.
Demo performance Official Website: http://www.tarokoike.net
Ryohei Doi, instructor at the bass division (place: Tachikawa)
was born in1982 in Kobe City. He started to play the bass from 15 years
old and enrolled in KOYO CONSERVATORY in 2002. While he was in the
conservatory he was performing the bass professionaly with musicians such as rock/pop.
From 2004 he has moved to Tokyo and extend his work as a bass player, now he is playing in various tours, recordings, TV shows etc. in both major and indies scene. From 2006 to 2010 he was performing in his own band called "Song Soup".
Not only as a bass player, but he is active as a composer/arranger. He writes music for many artists by using ProTools and Cubase, his works includes three CDs from Candy Jam Records which is published throughout an entire nation. He is also working as a well experienced music instructor, teaching bass and music softwares in several music schools.
Official Website: http://ryoheidoi.com
Hiroshi Tokieda, instructor at the bass division (place: Kamiyacho)
Tokieda is a Composer/Arranger/Bass player who was born in Tokyo,
Japan. Under the influence of his father, a professional Sound
Engineer, Hiroshi grew up with his raw sense and talent in music
nurtured by the likes of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,
Micheal Jackson and Hibari Misora among many others. Hiroshi’s
personality was a natural match to the Bass guitar. At the age of 15,
he began channeling his liberal musical ideas through a zigzag world of
Jazz, Fusion, Funk, Latin, R&B Soul and even Metal.
After receiving a degree in Psychology in Tokyo, he took his remarkable versatility to Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. As a scholarship student, he majored in Film Scoring to help expand his knowledge in areas of Composition and Arranging. While pursuing his degree in Boston, Hiroshi worked as a Core Music Tutor on campus that involved teaching his peers music theory in terms of Jazz Harmony, Traditional Harmony, Composition and Arranging.
He continues his ventures at music festivals, recitals and recordings as a keen performer in multiple genres. His current establishments involve a track for an Indian art film that has been written in collaboration with a Singer/Songwriter from India. Other works involve multiple songs written predominantly in collaboration in the Popular Music category in USA and Japan.
Noriaki Hosoya, instructor at the bass division (place: Noborito, Kawasaki City)
Isao Kato, the chief instructor at the drums division (place: Itabashi)
has been joining in various recording sessions and tours including both
vocal and instrumental music in Japan and USA. He learned the way to
utilize the body in the best way at Alexander Technique's teacher
training course in New York. Afterwards he applied it to his own drums
performing and joined in many jam sessions in NYC, then participate in
a tour to the west coast as a drummer. He is an endorser of Zildjian
"I learned drums performing with famous performers such as Takeshi Inomata, Hiro Tsunoda, Steve Smith and David Cowan, and teaching various styles by making use of it. I can help you out to find out your problem and solve it from my experieces and knowledge through my carreer as a professional drummer. "
Official Website: http://www.isaokato.net
Naoki Aikawa, instructor at the drums division (place: Ikebukuro)
was born in Ibraki-Pref, Japan in1976 and started playing the drums at
age of 15. In 2002 he enrolled Berklee College of Music and studied
various drum styles with Casey Scheuerell, Joe Hunt and Dave DiCenso. |
After graduating from the college, he came back to Japan in 2004. Based in Tokyo, he is performing as a leader and composer of his own trio called We3 and playing on several records like “Tinga Tinga Japonism” of Yasuyoshi Ogino, "Noriaki Hosoya Landscapes” of Naoriaki Hosoya, “Three Wishes” of Nobuki Takamen and so on.
Toshihiro Mori, instructor at the drums division (place: Nakano)
|Toshihiro Mori was born and raised in Osaka, Japan.|
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, he returned to Japan and moved to Tokyo. Soon after, Toshihiro debuted as a drummer in the Japanese major music scene as a part of the pop/rock group "Hemenway".
In subsequent years, he took part in notable musical festivals such as Summer Sonic, Rock in Japan, Countdown Japan, Japan Expo (France), Inchon Rock Festival (Korea) and so on.
After disbanding in 2015, Toshihiro began his career as a session musician and drum instructor backing up numerous Japanese artists on tour as well as in the studio.
In 2018 along with other members he founded the pop band Tozambu.
Toshi continues to work within the Japanese music industry as an artist as well as studio musician and instructor spreading his infectious love for music and art to everyone he encounters.
Hiroki Yoshino, instructor at piano division (place: Nishikasai)
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Kazuhiro Masuda, instructor at piano division (place: Fuchuu)
has started to play classical piano and compositions from his childhood
and grew up with listening to various genres of music. While he was
studying composition in Berklee College of Music, he started to be
interested in improvisation. After coming back Japan he is performing
actively as well as working as a composer/arranger for theater, TVCM
He studied classical piano with Masako Kobayashi and Robert Christopherson, studied jazz piano with Jeff Covell and Laszlo Gardony. From his own experience of studying various styles of music, now he is guiding his student to cultivate their own personalities.
Mizuho Yamamoto, instructor at piano division (place: Funabashi-keibajo)
She was born in Nigata Prefecture, after graduating Tokyo College of
Muisc Composition major she went to USA to study music more. While she
was enrolling in Berklee College of Music she was listed on DEANS LIST
in succession. She also studied and performed at Miami Dade College as
a pianist for opera courses under exclusive contract. |
She studied composition with Manabu Kawai, Akira Nishimura and Yutaka Fujiwara, studied orchestration with Shinichiro Ikebe, studied jazz piano with Mike Gerber and Jeff Govell.
In 2008, as the first Japanese winner, she won 2nd award of "International Songwriting Competition (Instrumental music)" judged by producers of major record companies in USA, popular artists such as Chaka Khan, Ricky Martin and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Currently she is working on compositions for DVDs or dance music, performs as a pianist for singers, and teaching piano performance, composition/arranging and ear training.
Official Website: http://www.mizuho-official.com
Tea, instructor at vocal division (place: Kamiyacho) *Currently Unavailable
|Tea is a Singer/Songwriter/Lyricist who was born in Pune, India. She holds
a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fergusson College, Pune, India
and a Bachelor’s degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music,
Her foundation is an extraordinary mix of genres including but not limited to Western Classical, Indian Classical, Soul, Jazz, R&B and Popular Music with influences from Middle Eastern, Serbian, Chinese and Korean traditional music.
Her exposure to such different forms of music has contributed extensively to her broad perspective in terms of her musical interests, ideas and versatility.
She has performed live at venues like Hard Rock Café, Pune/Bombay, India, Blue Note, New York, USA and San Francisco Jazz Center, San Francisco, USA.
She has won an all-state singing competition in India. She was also a finalist on a Reality TV show called FameX on national television in India and a finalist in an international songwriting competition in the UK.
She is currently in the midst of collaborations with musicians and writers in Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, USA.
Her debut EP/CD is coming soon.