John Paynter, an English composer and advocate of creative music making, visited Japan for a lecture at the Tokyo Contemporary Music Festival in 1991 and held a small workshop on creative music making in Tokyo. It was the first creative music making workshop in Japan. The Institute of Creativity in Music Education was formed around the people who gathered there. Since then, the institute has led creative music making in Japan and has invited guests from both Japan and abroad to hold workshops and lectures on world music and workshops by composers and performers of contemporary music. Noteworthy events in the 1990s which can be mentioned are: some workshop concerts held by inviting members of the London Sinfonietta and visits to England to receive the workshops by several music groups, including Southbank Centre, Guildhall School, the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Ballet and others.
Participants are wide-ranging, including master and doctor course students, teachers from primary school to university, researchers of music education, and performers and composers of various genres.
At present, in addition to the annual research conference, a research meeting is held once every one to two months at Garage Studio in Tokyo. We have been publishing the International Journal of Creativity in Music Education in English since 2012 and the Journal of Creating Music Lessons in Japanese since 2016.
We will continue to propose new music lessons based on creativity in music education.
Professor Emeritus, Japan Women’s University
Professor, Kaichi International University
Director, Institute of Creativity in Music Education