In Japan, Hatsune Miku Will Have Much To Teach You In School

In Japan, Hatsune Miku Will Have Much To Teach You In School

First she was a singer, then she went on to be a dancer, a holographic performer, and even the star of her own game series. Now Hatsune Miku is branching out to her new career as… a teacher’s assistant?

The character of Hatsune Miku has become world famous ever since her modest beginnings as a character for Yamaha’s Vocaloid artificial singing program. Now, according to Japan’s Asahi News, the Shikoku University Junior College has announced that starting next year, they will be offering a course that will teach students to utilise and even profit from the talents of the virtual idol and her siblings.

Starting in April 2015, the Shikoku University’s Junior College Music Department will begin its Music Development course. The course will span two years. During the first year, students will learn the basics of the Vocaloid program. During the second year, they will learn to actually compose their own songs. The course curriculum also includes other useful classes for various music development skills — even a self-management class that teaches students how to market the songs they have created.

While this isn’t the first time a school has incorporated the Vocaloid program in class, this is the first time a music college has created an entire course specifically centered on teaching people to use it.

Japan has seen a wealth of original talent spring up from the depth of the internet thanks to Hatsune Miku and other Vocaloid characters — many artists have gone on to fame and/or financial success as a result. If anything, this new course should give us a lot more new and creative works of entertainment. Or we’ll get a bunch more iterations of Ievan Polkka… I think it’s a win-win either way.

ボーカロイド、短大に専科 作曲から販売まで四国大新設 [朝日新聞デジタル] 音楽科 [四国大学]


  • More vocaloid can only be a good thing, although I’m still not happy that 1/6 out of the gravity was left out of Project Diva F 2nd… There’s just so much good material now.

  • As a 100% PAL gamer, the Project Diva series is only new to me with the Vita game that was released late in March, the limited Western release of the PS3 game is something that flew under my radar.

    That being said, I have an unhealthy addiction to the Vita game at the moment, just this morning 100% Perfect was completed on Normal difficulty and will start working on Hard now, which I have about 4-5 Perfects already.

    Seriously this game will probably last me til the the sequel hits the Western shores, which is also horrible for my backlog that I’d like to see get smaller.

    • If you have a PSP you should try and import the older Project Diva games since PSP is region free!! Their still available on Play-Asia and most decent online import shops! Of course it looks a tad dated compared to Diva F but the game play (and music selection) is still pretty top notch 😀

      • I have thought about it, but with the sequel hitting the West later this year, I’ve got too much on the Vita backlog to add to the PSP backlog.

        So, likely just double dip for the PS3 version of F and then double dip again later this year.

        That doesn’t mean that I haven’t looked to acquire the OST of the older PSP games just for listening meaning only! 😉

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