48. Graduate students as members of society to hold an “Outreach Concert for Parents and Children”! (Part 2)


This is the second part of the interview with Ms. Maiko TAKAGI who is in the second year of the Art and Culture course, majoring in Subject Pedagogy at the Graduate School of Education of this university, and Ms. Yuko SAGARA in the second year of the Body Culture course in the same major of Subject Pedagogy at the Graduate School of Education. This time they will tell us about their lives as graduate students, and their concert just around the corner!

Introduction of Maiko Takagi

Current education: 2nd year of Art and Culture course, Subject Pedagogy major, Graduate School of Education (Masters course), Faculty of Education and Human 

Sciences, the University of Yamanashi

Career (current work): Part-time instructor at Tokyo University of Social Welfare, a lecturer at Tokyo Muse Academy (a preparatory school for colleges of music), a member of Oikawa Music Office, a member of Japan Federation of Musicians.

Blog: Maiko Takagis Music Life


Introduction of Yuko Sagara

Current education: 2nd year of the Body Culture course, Subject Pedagogy major, Graduate School of Education (Masters course), Faculty of Education and Human Sciences, the University of Yamanashi

Career: Announcer at YBS (Yamanashi Broadcasting System) from the year 2001,

freelance announcer from 2006.

Qualifications: 4th grade of JFA football referee, an official sports leader at a judicial foundation Japan Amateur Sports Association, 1st grade of Hanaken (proficiency test of spoken Japanese) of the Association of Spoken Japanese for Better Communication

Blog: Yu-yu jiteki (Yukos life at leisure)


In the last interview, I asked the reasons why you entered graduate school, but what was the reason for each of you to choose the University of Yamanashi?

S) Im married, and live in Yamanashi, so the first reason was simply it was convenient for me to commute. Another reason was that I was acquainted with Professor Koyama of my first laboratory, and I was able to consult him about going on to graduate school and a research topic I wanted to pursue. He gave me his advice For your purpose, the University of Yamanashi may be a good option.


 What is it like to be a graduate student? I think other students in the laboratory may be (or must be) younger than you.

S) Yes! Some students are ten years younger than me. In the laboratory there are 11 

students. There are 7 undergraduate seniors, 2 graduate students in their first year, and 2 including me in second year. Four are women among them. The hardest thing in my 

graduate school life is (I really dont want to say this (lol)), the usage of the computer. When I was a university student, there was no problem with having no computer literacy, but now it is a must. TV announcers do not often use computers in their work. Actually I used PowerPoint for the first time after I entered the laboratory. Sometimes I take five hours for pc work while the younger students make i
t in one hour or so, and I often have to ask them to teach me, being made fun of. Half of my graduate-school life is like being in computer school


I understand that very much! Its such a generation that computer literacy was not a 

common language. (It sounds like I’m in the same generation, but I’m older ^^;) Ms. Takagi, what was the reason for you to choose this university?

T) I live in Tokyo, and I looked for an appropriate graduate school in
Kanto area, then I found that the University of Yamanashi was well prepared for the research of outreach concerts.
This university gives very high-level of music education. This is a graduate school of education, but it is not specialized only in education. I thought this was the place I would be able to study education utilizing my expertise. 


After entering this university, did you think that your expectation was satisfied?

T)Certainly! Im studying freely here. Im allowed to play piano a lot, and for this time concert for graduation thesis, I was encouraged to try it. I was right to choose this university.


Your graduation thesis will be an outreach concert (*Outreach concert is a concert designed considering the conditions and preference of audience. Please check part 1 of this interview for the explanation!), which is your research subject, and you designed it so that parents and children can enjoy together. Why did you design it so?

T) I myself have a small child, so I had realized that there had been fewer places than expected for parents and children to appreciate music together.


I see! Having your own children, both of you will understand the feeling of the audience very well.

S)  I think so. I can see clearly, for example, how children show their nervousness at concerts (and how their parents feel at such times) or how children get carried away once they get caught up (and how their parents feel at such times).

T) For the contents of the concert, I used examples from a course taught by Professor Sakoh (my instructor). He taught a course for the children at the University of Yamanashi Attached Elementary School, and I had an opportunity to take part in the course performing Peter and the Wolf by piano, violin, flute, and reading. I played a duet with Professor Sakoh. I too enjoyed it very much, and the children were delighted! So I felt like doing it in a style of piano solo, reading, and projection of a picture book.


The concert planned and performed by these two people will definitely be enjoyable for the audience! By the way, your daily lives must be very busy, raising children, going to work and going to school. Do you have someone who gives you a hand?

S) Yes, they are mainly my husbands parents. Im really thankful for them!!

T) Same with me, I’ll never be able to do anything without help from grandpa and grandma.


Do you bring your children to school sometimes?

S) Almost never. I brought him (her) here just once when I had some work, feeling it would be alright, but actually it cost me a lot of time for doing that, so I never tried that again. This isnt a place or a playground for children to stay for a while by themselves.

T)I understand. Sometimes I see people with children on campus, but they must be teachers who can bring their children to their laboratories. It is difficult for students to go to school or attend classes with children, even f the graduate school is opened for members of society.

S) I’ve heard that in some universities in the West, you can bring your children without any worries, but it’s difficult now to let our children run around on campus while we attend classes.


I understand. It occurred to me, there is Kids Library in Kofu Campus, where children can stay inside safely. However it is not opened often because the staff members are student volunteers… If such place was more available, the number of students as members of society may increase. How about using a part of our offices Interactive Space as a kids corner, supervised by Support Office staff members during course hours? 

S)  It sounds great! Will it be possible? From when?


Well, no, not so soon (sorry). There must be various problems to realize it, for the safety during the parents absence (so sorry). But it is important that there is a request! I appreciate your opinion! I Thank you! 

・・・I couldnt post all of our conversation, but I learned so much from them about being professionals ~ (a side benefit)

These two people who have many worlds, many labors and harvests, and most of all, many efforts, have radiance and very cool! Their concert is just around the cornerI hope they’ll enjoy themselves! Ill be rooting for them!


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For inquiries for this concert, please email to:musica-familiare@outlook.jp 


                                          Phone:090-9859-7963 (Takagi)