From President Hiroki Niiboris Greetings to The 35th All Japan
Primary_Middle_High Schools Guitar Festival
Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)
All Japan Guitar Concours is held in every October and preceding Guitar
Festivals are held in every August and September in various districts in Japan
as the pre selection for the concours.
All Japan Guitar Concours (started in 1970) is sponsored by Nihon
Kyouiku (Japanese Educational) Guitar League <NKG> and [International Guitar
Orchestra Association <IGOA>], both of them were established by Dr. Niibori
in 1969 and he has been working as the president, and it is the Japanese only
one synthetic Guitar Concours covering 10 departments such as solo, ensemble,
orchestra, and for the fields of performance, conducting, composing, arranging,
education, manufacturing, and electric guitar categories, added in 2004.
All Japan Primary_Middle_High Schools Guitar Festival is the
pre selection for students department (high school students or under) of
the concours and held in Kantou and Shizuoka districts, having so many participants
to the concours (the affair of the festival is reported on and after page 8 of
The participants in the festival were also pre selected and, this time, participants
in the festival in Kantou district were 18 persons for solo (7 from primary schools,
11 from middle schools), 30 parties for ensemble, and 13 parties for orchestra.
Formerly, this festival was intended for middle and high school students and as
so many excellent primary school pupils wanted to participate in solo and ensemble
departments, their participation was officially approved in 2007 and the name
was also changed from All Japan Middle_High Schools Guitar Festival
to All Japan Primary_Middle_High Schools Guitar Festival.
President Niiboris Greetings carried on the program of the festival
is introduced here for this time.
<From President Niiboris Greetings on the program>
Nihon Kyouiku (Educational) Guitar League (NKG) was established in
1964 (Showa 39) = Tokyo Olympic was held (46 years ago). President was Mr. Daigorou
Arima, President of Kunitachi College of Music, chairperson of the board of directors
was me, Hiroki Niibori, and sponsor was ZEN-ON Music Co. Ltd.
President paid effort to take guitar ensemble in full-scale into colleges/universities
of music, chairperson to develop teaching materials usable for school education,
sponsor to make necessary text books, collections of pieces of music and musical
As known by many peoples, Tokyo University of Arts (typical national university
of arts in Japan) and almost all Japanese colleges/universities of music were
established around the same time, however, their basis for education were put
on 150~200 years old German and Austrian classical music, Beethoven centered.
Thus, they put about 250 years piano and vocal as the center of education
and did not take guitar of 6000 years history, the longest history.
No teacher of guitar was found in colleges/universities of music (almost all colleges/universities
were established by specialists except for guitar and that will be possibly considered
as the reason).
Postwar education of music was changed to Japan must take in instrumental
music, not only for usual vocals accompanied by piano mainly by Mr. Masaru
Hanamura, Senior Specialist for Curriculum, Ministry of Education, Science and
Culture, and guitars were introduced into primary, middle and high schools in
1949 (Showa 24), but guitars disappeared from almost all of schools for about
3 years. That came from no teachers of music in the schools could teach guitar
at all. And, guitarists in general played solo only, knowing no curriculums in
school education, and guitar method for group lesson was not found at all.
On the other hand, guitar boom came around widely in Japan and many students played
well to embarrass teachers graduated from colleges/universities of music.
Guitars came to be widely performed in radio (TV), and records (discs), but no
guitar was performed in Japanese colleges/universities of music, worldly. Any
teacher having teachers license had no experience of playing guitar, as
though guitars widely played, and peoples having no experience to touch guitar
became teachers of music at schools.
Kunitachi College of Music, brought up biggest number of teachers of music, adopted
the method, developed by me (Hiroki Niibori was invited as instructor), to teach
groups of schools, and taught college students of music wishing to become teachers
of schools, then I established Zenkoku (all Japan) Kyouiku (educational)
Guitar League (ZKG) to be known guitar well by teachers of primary, middle
and high schools and I went around in Japan to make organizations and started
to lead ensembles and orchestras. Soon guitarists having dreams of future joined
next by next changing the name as Nihon Kyouiku (Japanese Educational) Guitar
League (NKG), and I was selected as president, present Mr. Kiyonori Kobayashi
was selected as chairperson of the board of directors, grown as the biggest organization
For overseas countries, this orchestra method (N-Method), performed in full of
harmony with high, medium and low pitched sound, is adopted in 27 countries, and
the name of this organization in overseas is called as International Guitar
Orchestra Association (IGOA).
This league brought not only development of method but also bringing
up talented persons, needless to say, to lead the age of heart in 21st century
(high school course and specialty course of International Niibori Music Academy
= accepting foreign students), attained enrichment of all aspects in professional
music business such as performance, education, planning, management, stage managing,
composition, arrangement, camera work, publishing, musical instruments (development,
manufacture, sales), managing class rooms etc.
Wishing eggs of leaders of the world will be born from this organization for this
The best charm of guitar is colorful beautiful sound and the longest history in
Only guitar and piano can perform 3 elements of music (rhythm, melody and harmony)
by a performer, and composers in successive generations gave birth of masterpieces
by selecting one of them. Berlioz composed orchestra pieces using guitar, Schubert
composed in his short life using 7 guitars, and modern composers use guitars in
considerable percentages to improve deep sounding of tones. For old times, guitar
was used in performing ceremony of god in Mesopotamia, maximum spread of guitars
for population was realized in Greek age, since then it has been matured in Christian
church to be proud of 6000 years history. About 300 years ago, former type
of piano, guitar as the mother, was made, and both of guitar and piano became
to be used side by side with Strauss guitar quartet in Beethoven age.
The letters of guitar in this league means guitar, having 6000 years
history with history of mankind, including piano, 300 years history, and
this league will research and practically utilize the guitar.
Today is hot contest of performers learned the above mentioned method. I am looking
forward to have your warm support. Thank you.
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