2019 Course Descriptions

Monday, July 29 through Friday, August 2, 2019 Classes

A) Morning Sankyoku Ensemble Classes (90 minutes): 5 classes per week
The morning ensemble class focuses on various traditional sankyoku compositions and works by composer Shin’ichi Yuize. Seiha faculty members will demonstrate, discuss and perform each work with detailed explanation regarding musical notation, performance techniques and ensemble performance. Intermediate and advanced students whose level is appropriate may be asked to perform on their respective instruments. These sessions will also give beginner students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the music and the musical notation for all the sankyoku instruments.
B) Afternoon Private Lessons (50 minutes): 3 classes per week
Private lessons are for individual instruction on shakuhachi, shamisen, koto and kokyū focusing on the summer school repertoire. Joint lessons with other instruments may also be possible.
C) Afternoon Sankyoku Ensemble Classes (90 minutes): 3 classes per week
The afternoon ensemble class focuses on select pieces from the sankyoku repertory with all participants rehearsing together. Level-appropriate music will be chosen for both beginners and intermediate/advanced students. The afternoon classes are planned as preparation for the final Saturday concert.
D) Evening Music Lecture Series (90 minutes): 2-3 classes per week
The Seiha Evening Music Lecture Series offers all participants enrolled in the Summer Program nightly presentations related to Japanese music. The lectures will include such topics as “Contemporary Japanese Music,” “Composing for Japanese Traditional Instruments,” “Japanese-American Musicians as Pioneers of Japanese Hawaiian Music” and other related topics. Lectures in Japanese will have English translation.

Saturday, August 3, 2019
The final day of the program includes a morning rehearsal and afternoon performance for all the participants. A reception is held after the concert for all participants and invited guests.

2019 Sankyoku Workshop Pieces

The sankyoku repertoire for the 2019 Seiha Summer School will continue with exciting and challenging pieces. Each of these pieces will be thoroughly studied and practiced for the whole week and will be presented in a student recital at the end of the session. The advanced students will learn Minezaki Kōtō’s masterpiece Zangetsu (“The Lingering Moon”). Both musically and poetically, this composition is one of the most poignant of all the jiuta sōkyoku pieces. Intermediate students will practice Cha`ondo (“Tea Tune”), composed by Kikuoka Kengyō. The lyrics of this lively jiuta piece incorporate various terms for the Japanese tea ceremony, and the length of the piece is said to be the same length as a traditional tea ceremony. As with previous years, beginners will start with basic techniques and move onto the classic piece by Yatsuhashi Kengyō, Rokudan no Shirabe for koto and shakuhachi and the short lament for shamisen, Kurokami (“Jet Black Hair”).

* Please note the student’s exact course schedule will be set after registration is completed. Full-time students will have priority in scheduling classes. In addition, there is ample time in the weekly schedule for private practice and small ensemble rehearsals during the day and evening at Seiha.
* String instruments (13-string koto, kokyū and shamisen) will be provided free of charge to the participants.