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 Department of Music


The Department of Music at National Taiwan Normal University celebrates a history of 65 years. Founded in June 1946, it was formerly the Two-year Special Music Training Course at Taiwan Provincial Normal College and was expanded to a five-year music program in 1948. In June 1955, it became the Department of Music at the College of Liberal Arts of Taiwan Provincial Normal University, which was later changed into National Taiwan Normal University in June 1966. In 1980, the first graduate institute of music in Taiwan was established, with three areas of concentration: Musicology, Composition and Conducting. The Department and the Graduate Institute of Music were moved into the College of Arts on its establishment in August 1982. In 1992, the Graduate Institute initiated a new AOC in Instrumental and Vocal Performance and began recruiting students with expertise in various instruments. The commencement of Taiwan’s first doctoral program in Music and the establishment of the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology in 2001 marked a further enhancement in the academic status of the department. In August 2005, the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts was established, offering programs in Music Theater, Music Marketing and Piano Collaboration. In August 2007, the Department and Graduate Institute of Music, the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology and the Graduate Institute of Performing Arts were reorganized as the College of Music.

Our department maintains a balance between teaching and research and places equal emphasis on practice and theory. We integrate up-to-date information on music theories, performances, compositions and education around the world. In order to meet the demands of the pluralistic society, we have been planning leading-edge professional courses in line with the times and have undertaken the compilation of literatures on music history and theories in recent years. We are also holding all kinds of art performances and enhancing international exchange in academic research and performance, inviting globally renowned virtuosos as visiting professors every year, with the aim of providing students with a wider international perspective on music.

The history of our department has been the epitome of the music development in Taiwan. Over the past half century, we have cultivated more secondary school music teachers in Taiwan than any other music department has, and we have brought up numerous great figures in the fields of both performance and academic research all over the world. Still, we will continue to grow and enrich our training, research and service capacities as well as deepen our interactions with other fields in humanities, sciences and arts. It is our essential goal to lay a solid foundation for Taiwan’s social development and music training.




Our four-year BFA undergraduate program offers six areas of concentration: Piano Performance, Vocal Performance, String Instruments, Wind Instruments and Percussion, Music Theory, and Traditional Chinese Musical Instruments. The mission of the BFA program is to train music professionals and cultivate music teachers for secondary schools. Our master program offers five AOCs: Instrumental and Vocal Performance, Composition, Musicology, Music Education, and Conducting. The PhD program offers four AOCs: Music Education, Musicology, Performing Arts, and Composition. All of our courses are designed to fulfill the criteria of high-level intellectual education as a first-rate university, focusing on the development of students’ independent thinking skills so as to lay a solid foundation for students’ future employment, academic pursuits or engagement in the music industry. For details regarding the curriculum of each AOC, please visit our website (http://www.music.ntnu.edu.tw/courses_academical.php).





Our department provides an extensive aggregate of hardware and software facilities, with professional performing spaces including the recital hall, the auditorium, the 3F audio-visual classroom and the Wen-huei Hall, as well as independently air-conditioned practice rooms with grand pianos, two-piano practice rooms, multimedia audio-visual classrooms, percussion rooms and practice areas for percussions and chamber music, and special classrooms and discussion rooms for graduate students. The learning resources are managed and maintained under regulatory control in order to provide students with well-conditioned environment. Also, our department library purchases international journals, books and scores every year to satisfy students’ need for knowledge.

Department of Music

Address: No. 162, Sect. 1, Heping East Rd., Daan District, Taipei City 10610

TEL: 02-7734-3000

Fax: 02-2362-2347

E-mail: music@deps.ntnu.edu.tw


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