SGI News: Global activities for peace, education and culture

Min-On Music Research Institute Launched

MOI Director Hiroyasu Kobayashi (center) with the research fellows [© Min-On Concert Association]

On February 26, the official launch of the Min-On Music Research Institute (MOI) was held at the NS Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The establishment of the institute was announced on October 18, 2014, which marked the 51st anniversary of the founding of the Min-On Concert Association by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.

At the launch event, the institute's team of researchers introduced its initial five-year research program that will investigate what music can contribute to peacebuilding from the perspectives of psychology, sociology, education and ecology.

Dr. Olivier Urbain, director of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research and senior research fellow at MOI, gave an overview of current research into music and psychology. The new institute's research fellows each introduced their area of research, which included music education, the use of music in conflict resolution and the link between music and ecology.