Koyo Conservatory, Kobe, Japan
Situated in the serene port city of Kobe along the Rokko mountain range, Koyo Conservatory in Kobe was founded in 1980 by the present president, Takanori Sugauchi. Starting off as a small jazz school, it has gradually and steadily developed into one of the major musical institutions in the western region of Japan, offering courses in contemporary music of all styles, computer music, classical music and engineering. Full-time students are required to take two private lessons per week on their principal instrument, theory, ear training, ensembles and various elective classes.
Koyo Conservatory's central goal is to provide music education and experiences of high quality, training serious-minded students to become well-rounded people able to adapt to the music industry successfully after graduation. Also aggressive in promoting concert tours and community events, Koyo Conservatory frequently contributes to the music scene throughout Japan.