- Asian Studies Conference Japan
In 2003, current curriculum guidelines were implemented in high schools. The music curriculum guidelines exemplify Noh as one of the objectives to understand types and characteristics of the national or local traditional music of Japan. Before this exemplification, a vast number of high schools had held Noh appreciation classes and students had a chance to get in touch or be familiar with Noh. Nevertheless, in fact Noh is the foreign for them. One of main reasons of this situation may be the Western music-oriented educational system and absence of the teachers who are specialists of Japanese music. In addition, the total amount of music classes is limited, resulting classes of Japanese music, including Noh, Shamisen music (katarimono), or Biwagaku, to be relatively cut. In this presentation we investigated a situation of Noh education in the high school’s music classes based on such a point of view. In particular we conducted a field research in some high schools and surveyed the actual situation and condition on Noh education in the classroom.