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Professional Training for Musicians
Training 1. Visual Thinking Strategies for Music Listening - The communication skill to deepen the music audience's way of "listening"

  • Music ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Why don’t we stop running music outreach programs just asking “How did you feel about this piece?” to get only thoughts and comments of the participants?

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is the current base of the art education programs organized by institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, USA. We are going to learn the communication style to deepen the music-listening experience for beginners.
So let’s take up this communication technique and make the audience feel the joy and profundity of classical music.


There are a growing need and increasing attention for activities which spotlight the diversity in the arts in recent years. Such movement introduced legislation for promoting art activities for people with disabilities.
At the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, we provide professional musicians with practical and logical training to develop personnel who can run socially diverse art activities with higher qualities.

Morning Session
Experience the Visual Thinking Strategies for artwork viewing
What is the Visual Thinking Strategies?
Why does it have to be the Visual Thinking Strategies?
Case Studies of the Visual Thinking Strategies for music listening in Japan

Afternoon Session
Experience the Visual Thinking Strategies for music listening
Questions for deepening the listening experience and paraphrases for strengthening the listeners’ autonomy
Let’s try the role of a facilitator *An assignment is given to the participants prior to the session.
Review and Q & A session

* The same program will be held on both dates. Please apply for either one of the dates.
* It is not acceptable to be exceedingly late for the sessions or to participate only in the afternoon session.
* The advance assignment will be notified after your application is confirmed.


Norie Mitsuki (Art Planner, Director of NPO Art Resource Development Association)
Fumiko Mori (MUZA Kawasaki Symphony Hall)

Target participants

Those who are currently active as professionals including orchestra members, professional musicians, workshop leaders, and music facilitators.

Maximum number of participants

approx. 15 per day (Advance application on a first-come, first-served basis)


1,100yen (Payment must be made on the day of the training.)


Application Form
*The form is only in Japanese.

Application Period
Monday, July 5 – Friday, August 13, 2021
* First-come, first-served basis. The application will be closed once the application number reaches the limit.


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* The training is conducted only in Japanese.
* Photography and video recording will occur during the session for our reports, publicity materials, and other communication tools including SNS.
* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.

Bag check
Please allow enough time on arrival for the security check of your belongings at the entrance.


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section
Tel: 03-3828-2111


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Rehearsal Room M3



Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan/Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Supported by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan