Kunitachi College of Music

New 1st Building Grand Completion!

New 1st Building : A new main stage is born in the center of a campus!

New 1st Building

-The perfect "stage setting" for students to challenge themselves-

Construction of New 1st Building began in February 2010 and ended in July 2011, with use finally beginning in September of that year. The building is equipped with lesson rooms, ensemble rooms, and performance studios. All lesson rooms are located on the South side of the building. These facilities were created to have unprecedented high grade acoustic space by working together with sound specialists to create model rooms and run repeated testing.
New 1st Building was created as a place to embody our school's focal point of "ensemble education".
Though training individual skill is important, we start with small group ensembles and progress to large ensembles in stages. An ensemble is created by combining communication in sounds or words. We believe that the skills fostered here certainly hold weight in a variety of fields. This "New 1st Building" is the place to practice and train those skills.
With a distinctive piano-inspired stepwise design, it will become campus's center stage for studies from now on.

High-Grade Acoustic Environment


Our college makes a practice of emphasizing "ensemble education", with "lesson rooms" for individuals to practice and increase their skills, "ensemble rooms" for small-scale group practice, and "studios" intended for composition, creating an environment that allows for the realization of gradual progress.
By working closely with sound experts and experimenting with model rooms, we have been able to achieve unprecedented acoustic space in our lesson rooms and studios. Also, in addition to having all lesson rooms oriented in the south-facing direction, lesson rooms, ensemble rooms, and studio areas have been insulated, arranging for a soundspace that encourages concentration.

Orchestra Studios

Orchestra Studios

The orchestra studios are constructed with a special consideration for sound diffusion, allowing for a natural character. Practice in a space with high acoustic quality increases musical sensitivity, as well as ability to adapt to actual concert stage conditions.

Opera studio

Opera studio

A theater is imagined and it can concentrate on practice in the feeling located on the stage by the design which divided the stage and a seat by the frame. By using a working light reflector, the sound of the opera theater of acting before the audience is reproducible.

Chorus Studio

Chorus Studio

It is the space suitable for a chorus which it is easy to catch each part's sound, and can feel sound of a harmonic overtone. Training which takes in sound of a harmonic overtone pulls out a student's chorus capability, and leads it to the further improvement.

Ensemble Rooms

Ensemble Rooms

Examination was repeated reflecting the opinion of the teacher in charge, indoor form and an interior material suitable for ensemble were adopted, and the optimal acoustic environment was completed. Sound can be adjusted with attachment-and-detachment-type a variable acoustic tile and curtain, and a normal sound which each has harmonizes with sufficient balance by any musical instruments by which a tone differs from volume.

Lesson Rooms

Lesson Rooms

We've assured high sound insulation and optimal character. Thanks to each room being equipped with detachable variable acoustic paneling which allows free adjustment of reverberation time, these rooms are suited to lessons with any kind of instrument. All rooms are located in the South-facing direction, giving a lush view of green trees; this view, along with the white decorated interior bathed in natural light, lends a gentle atmosphere.

The environmental symbiosis type campus by effective use of natural power sources

The View From The Rooftop Garden

With "natural harmony" as the theme, we tried to leave as many existing trees as possible and had rooftop gardens installed on each floor of the building. The north-facing step design was planned to allow adequate light to reach the rows of hardwood trees and main street in the center of campus. Furthermore, with the application of natural power such as solar power and rainwater/well water, we endeavor to protect the irreplaceable natural environment and to contribute to efforts against global warming.

Rooftop garden

Rooftop garden

The rooftop garden of the highest floor is a release space which can be overlooked 360 degrees. Depending on the weather, Tokyo Skytree can also be seen. It can take breath and refresh on the bench which imagined the black key.

The institution which is easy to use for everyone, is safe, and easy to carry out maintenance management

maintenance management

A student's movement arranges all performance studios on the first floor also in consideration of carrying in of a musical instrument and equipment from the first. Moreover, a small window is prepared in the door of a lesson room, and emergency crime prevention is also considered.

School Buildings Safe and Secure With Seismic Isolation

Seismic Isolation

The 2011 eastern Japan earthquake disaster caused vast destruction. Even on campus, quakes of magnitude greater than 5 were observed. New 1st Building, in the final stages of construction at the time, is intended to function as a seismically isolated structure in the event of a quake; when the quakes began to affect campus, the building absorbed the waves by slowly oscillating, so effectively, in fact, that the construction workers on the roof of the building at the time did not notice the quake. One may say that the safety of New 1st Building was demonstrated accidentally.

The "museum" which wove playfulness into intellect and tradition


With features such as unified floor color themes, collage sign panels created from the library collection of highly valued sheet music, various pictograms, sleek sofas, and the symbol tree that stands in the center of the building, the building as a whole is designed like a museum.

Floor-by-Floor Color Themes

Third Floor - Sign Panel

Each floor has a set color theme; from the sign art on the walls, to lesson room and ensemble room acoustic boards and sofas, a subtle color scheme has been created according to that floor's color theme.

Floor B1: Blue, Floor 1: Red, Floor 2: Green, Floor 3: Olive Green, Floor 4: Yellow

The Japanese dogwood of a symbol tree

symbol tree

The "Japanese dogwood" of a symbol tree planted in the center of the roof on the second floor of the New 1st Building. Our eyes will be delighted through the four seasons with spring flowers and autumn fruits.

Collage sign art created from the library collection of highly valued sheet music

First Floor - Sign Panel (Ninth)

In the collection of our college library there are precious articles of sheet music such as hand-written sheets or first-edition sheet music books by composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach. Using pieces of sheet music or covers, collage sign art has been made as wall decoration.

The Lobby Lounge, Bathed in Soft Sunlight

Lobby Lounge

The lobby lounge by the first floor entrance has an atrium extending up to the third floor, as well as stairs and an elevator with see-through portions, creating a very open space. The ceiling lighting is designed to look like light filtering through the leaves of Japanese dogwood, and the lights underneath the stair banisters fluctuate over time, giving the impression of flowing light. Above all, glass windows on each floor allow natural light to gently illuminate the building.

Collaboration of music and fine arts

Professor Shiga's Work - Tannhäuser and Ondine

In the lounge in front of the floor B1 ensemble room, Professor Nobuo Shiga's (Contrabass), donated paintings "Tannhäuser (Wagner)" (right), and "Ondine (Ravel)" (left) decorate the walls.
After graduating from the Berlin University of the Arts, Professor Shiga enrolled in the NHK Symphony Orchestra via the Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra. While enrolled there, he received his graduate degree from Tama Art University. With "Universe of Music" as his production concept, he is currently actively creating new works in the world of art.


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