Special Lecture
Introduction to Art and Culture in the Global Age
Michael Spencer:
Sound Thinking

In the course compulsory to all the GA first year students, “Introduction to Art and Culture in the Global Age”, we will invite Mr. Michael Spencer, Violinist (a former member of the London Symphony Orchestra), Educator, Facilitator to deliver a music workshop. Following the workshop, a reflection and discussion session will be held with the audience. Participants from other Departments are all welcome.

*Booking required. Please book from the application form on the website below (The application deadline: October 1, 2017):

PART 1: A Workshop for Music and Visual Arts with a Reflection Session
Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Time: 13:00-17:30
Venue: The7th Hall, Senju Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts
* The workshop will be conducted in English only. No translation available.

PART 2: Music Workshop as an Education Program with a Round-table Session
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time: 13:00-17:30
Venue: The7th Hall, Senju Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts
* The workshop will be conducted in English. Consecutive translation to Japanese will be provided.


Lecture Abstract:
There’s no time to lose to reposition the art of music within the everyday life of people in the 21st century. How can we approach music itself without becoming overly preoccupied by the framework of performance practice within which it sits, creating a quasi-dilettante style firewall that prevents people from enjoying music as it really is? This workshop, conceived, created and executed by Michael Spencer, is an ambitious endeavor to gain different perspectives on music, especially so-called ‘classical music’.   Experience totally different ways of getting closer to music, and explore your own channels for connecting with the Arts in general.

Formerly a member of the London Symphony Orchestra, and Head of Education at Royal Opera House in London, Michael Spencer is currently a visiting professor at Ueno Gakuen University, Tokyo and Director of Communication for the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.  He both devises and presents a number of collaborative programs throughout Japan with organizations including Mori Art Museum, Muza Kawasaki, Mori Building and Shizuoka Grand Ship. He is also an acknowledged specialist in cultural enterprise, working with clients ranging from the Intercontinental Hotel Group to Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Fuji-Xerox to the Japan Innovation Network. The year 2016 marked his 6th year as an advisor and presenter for the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Awards in Germany, and the 20th anniversary of the nationwide music/arts education and training program he established in Japan. He has also collaborated with Aoyama Gakuin’s Department of Social Informatics in a research program supporting the introduction of the new national curriculum in 2020. 2018 will see the publication in Asia of his family-focused suite of pocket books, Mike-san’s Music Notes for Parents.

Organized by Kazumi Minoguchi Lab, Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Global Arts

Faculty Room, Department of Arts Studies and Curatorial Practices, Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Office Hours (Ueno): 10:00-19:00 (Mon, Thu, Fri)
Tel (Ueno): +81-(0)50-5525-2725
Office Hours (Senju): 10:00~19:00 (Tue, Wed)
Tel (Senju): +81-(0)50-5525-2732