N-Schools Spring Anniversary Concert 2010
Kiyomi Niibori (a member of NE & Ladies' Quartet, Master of Arts in Music)
The vocational colleges in guitar (music), Dr. Hiroki Niibori is the president,
= Educational Foundation_Nihon Guitar Music Conservatory (Izu campus), Educational
Foundation_International Niibori Music Academy (Fujisawa campus), and Foundation_International
Niibori Music Academy (Tokyo campus), all of these 3 campuses are called as N-School
in generic name.
In Fujisawa and Izu campuses (Niibori Educational Institution), having professional
course, corresponding to college, and high school course, many students are learning
to become professionals in music. Also these campuses have night schools = the
2nd department and many kinds of students in wide range of their age, some of
them are working in daytime and some others are students of other schools, are
These 3 schools have each feature and selected students from these schools (many
times of audition were held since autumn of previous year) perform solo, ensemble,
guitar orchestra of each school and joint orchestra at the regular concert held
in every spring.
The concert for this year was held at the big hall (capacity is 1,500 seats) of
Kamakura Geijutukan (Kamakura Performing Arts Center), in Kanagawa prefecture,
on Feb. 11 (national holiday).
The hall was filled to the capacity and strictly selected 27 pieces of music were
performed at the concert taking more than 3 hours.
Now, N-School has departments of classical guitar, electric guitar, piano, flute,
vocal music, drum, and others. Originally, department of classical guitar was
the center of the school and solo_ensemble with classical guitars (although, not
only for prime guitar but also fully utilizing N-Method guitars of each sound
range), and guitar orchestras were presented at the regular concert. But, now,
many new resources and ideas of students, next by next, such as performing electric
guitars, of course, (including Niiboris original alto electric guitars and
bass electric guitars), and in recent years, ensemble with wind instrument and
many kinds of percussions, chorus with dance, etc., are being presented at the
All students are learning classical guitar and it is unchanged. This will be very
rare case in musical colleges in the world.
This time, the affairs of the regular concert are introduced on and after page
8 in this issue, and here, Greetings of Dr. Niibori, president, on
this concert is introduced.
<From Greetings on the program of N-Schools regular concert
by Dr. Hiroki Niibori, president>
The theme for this year is warm eye contact. When you can feel for
the other, eye contact will be reached and you can understand each
Becoming to understand the other does not mean to think seriously about the other
from the beginning. Many peoples are misunderstanding this and I hope you to hear
eagerly what I say.
The first start is to calmly watch your own strong point and weak point and understand
After all, you can not understand the other person without understanding
yourself. The other persons pain and sorrow will be gradually
understood only with experiencing your own pleasure, pain and overcoming many
You, loose and indulgent for your self, not polishing up your strong point, escaping
from your weak point, can not understand the other person at all and you can not
go to the state of feeling the impression jointly with hugging each other.
But, our school is different. Hearing hot performance by teachers at the entrance
ceremony, soon after starting school, going beyond the wall of class and genre,
you can try for the worlds top class, cooperating with all, especially like
B-group (guitar orchestra of voluntary students of International Niibori Music
Marvelous DVDs performed by teachers, old members of students learned that way,
are placed side by side in library and the system of learning the extracts at
any time by whole body (right brain) is completed.
The orchestra will collapse instantly when you come late for the orchestra because
of cold weather, indulgent for your self. Your friends, teacher and all feel cold
on cold day. You will be able to sympathize with the others only by overcoming
your weakness and indulgence.
Today, winning high leveled auditions to get the honor of appearing on stage,
performers can practice better eye contact than others. Their eyes,
of course, whole bodies are lively sparkling. Only persons being able to sympathize
with the others can be moved and grateful for parents, of course, teachers, schoolmates,
surroundings and history. Only these persons can grow up warmly in talking and
writing. Only these persons with warm hearted will be able to contribute to make
society with full of peaceful mind in 21st century.
More than 60 worlds top prizes from many countries were given to our school,
that came from not only for musical college bringing up persons with superb technique
but also for hedging bets on dream of making worldwide family with raison
It will be the greatest pleasure for me, establisher, of course, and also for
team of teachers taught them to have all of your warm eye contacts and hand claps
to splendid performers sympathized with motto of this school.
And for next year, many more of you join bringing up raison dêtre
with music and peace will be also the greatest pleasure.
*Dr. Niibori was awarded by 5 organizations of United Nations NGO
Dr. Niibori was awarded by World Peace Academy, consists of 5 organizations (ECOSOC,
UNDPI, UNICEF, UNCED&UNESCO) of United Nations NGO on January 15, 2010.
It is said to be recognized his peace activity through music for long years with
leading Niibori Guitar Philharmonic Orchestra. It is the second time to be awarded
by United Nations NGO since 2001. (Details are carried on page 14 of this
*ELECTRIC GUITAR TEXT BOOK Advanced Grade was completed!
Next to ROCK GUITAR TEXT BOOK, text book for electric guitar by Niibori Method
= ELECTRIC GUITAR TEXT BOOK was completed! And put on sale.
This is the advanced text book to give power of expression like blues, funk and
(Interview about this book is carried on and after page 20 of this issue.)
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