Tetsuya is an educator, scholar, and artist whose research and art practice focus on language pedagogy, music, and popular culture. His current research interests include Japanese linguistics/ pedagogy and sociolinguistics in the relationship between music and language. He is particularly interested in the connection between composers’ native language and output, and digital resources/ popular culture for teaching. Tetsuya holds M.A. in East Asian Studies (Japanese Linguistics) from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in Japanese pedagogy from the International Christian University, Japan. In addition to his language degree, he earned his Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a B.M. and M.M. in percussion performance from Youngstown State University. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona, he taught several courses in Japanese language and music at Williams College, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Youngstown State University.
Beginning conversation, grammar, reading and writing in modern Japanese. Students not in a University of Arizona Japanese class the previous semester must take a placement test.