here are many sounds in society that warn us of danger: fire or tsunami alarms, car horns, the sound of thunder or heavy rain... When we hear an unfamiliar sound, the important thing is to ask ourselves, “What’s that sound?” then think, “What should I do to protect myself?” and act accordingly. To share this important message, we have created our very own puppet show, “The Lookouts of KanKan Tower” (Kankan-to no mihari-ban), based on the theme of sounds that warn us of danger. We are performing the puppet show at nursery and elementary schools, local disaster prevention facilities, and other venues throughout Japan.
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In the process of growing up, each generation of children encounters music in its own way. TOA offers a variety of musical programs catering to the different stages of childhood development.
In the TOA Music Workshops for elementary and junior high school students, children encounter music for the first time, and experience the joy and pleasure of taking part in music together with their friends. In the “Try-Yaru Week” series for junior high school students, they experience the joy of musical creation while producing and performing their own compositions. In addition, we provide junior and senior high school students living in the suburbs of Kobe City with opportunities to take part in musical activities, with support from the Kobe Youth Jazz Orchestra.
We want the children to rediscover their own musicality and powers of expression through contact with music. We also want them to discover the “new you” that they never knew existed. We will continue to do what we can to make this happen. What we hope to communicate at TOA is the potential of children. We will continue to support wonderful encounters with music, as we have done throughout the years.
TOA Music Workshops are our hands-on musical programs for elementary and junior high school students. Through the experience of listening freely, feeling, and expressing music physically together with their friends, children’s senses are awakened, unlocking the door to creativity and expression. What children discover through this experience is a “new you” that they never knew existed. Children take part in the program with others in the same school year, as part of the Integrated Study period and other classes. The schools that join the program are determined each year through an open application process.
“Try-Yaru Week” is an initiative of Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education. Second-year students at all public junior high schools in Hyogo Prefecture can take part in a week-long extra-curricular workshop at a nearby facility or company. Every year, TOA welcomes students from Minatojima Junior High School in Kobe City to create musical compositions in collaboration with professional musicians. The pieces the students create are presented at a concert held at the Xebec Hall on the final day of the program. The concert is attended by school officials, alumni, and many local residents and is a popular opportunity for interaction between businesses and the community.
Performer (2nd-year junior high school student)
Comments from the Audience
TOA sponsors the Kobe Youth Jazz Orchestra, which was born out of a desire to give junior high and senior high school students the opportunity to be musically active in the jazz city of Kobe. Selected through auditions, members hone their skills under professional musicians and jazz-playing university students, and take part in events in and around Kobe City. We are sharing the magic of jazz and the joy of music.
Xebec Hall was established in 1989, as the TOA Group’s sound information transmission base. We wanted to explore the future shape of sound by sharing information with wider society, and eliciting feedback from the public. That was the starting point for Xebec Hall.
The hall has a capacity of 300 and is fitted with the latest TOA audio equipment and a variety of lighting and video technology, providing a multipurpose space for performances and creative activities across a wide range of genres. It is currently used as a base for our mécénat activities and as a test site for product development and customer product demonstrations.
We have been dispatching lecturers to Kansai University of International Studies to teach “Introduction to Disaster Prevention,” a business collaboration course, since it was first offered in 2016. In this course, we are investing our company resources in nurturing student disaster prevention specialists through activities such as lectures on the importance of sound in disaster prevention/mitigation. In 2018, we collaborated in a global study conducted in Indonesia, where earthquakes and volcanoes occur frequently, with the aim of developing knowledge on disaster crisis management. As the global need for disaster crisis management increases, we will strengthen our efforts in industry-academia collaboration to nurture human resources capable of contributing to disaster response.