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Dept. of Music


Department of Music


Our department takes preparing any professionals in academic research of music education, professional performance, music composition and music teaching as our goals. Master’s program consists of trial musicology, music education and administration, music performance and music composition in a total of 4 groups. In addition, we established the master’s degree in music education only offering courses during the summer time especially for music teachers who wish to pursue a higher degree. 

Graduate students from academic year one to four are required to declare one primary major in an instrument and for students in teaching groups must select a minor in an instrument. In the second year, minor related courses will count as electives; in third and fourth year, all minor related courses are considered as electives. For students in non teaching groups, students need to take one minor besides their major in their first year and take minor as elective courses. All instrument related courses are one on one individual instructions.

Besides general music professional courses, we also offer Chinese and Western Music History, various Music Teaching methods, Philosophy of Music Education, The Music Applications of Computer Technology,  Computer Music, and etc. Those courses intend to prepare the students’ professions in making the best use of music and technology to be in the position of music recording, producing music theory and melody, composing music, making multimedia electronic books, editing sound effects (especially in musical, cell phone music, etc.), creating digital music and computer assisted music instructions. In the future, we plan to offer more courses in music practicum, children’s music education and regional music so that not only students’ music essence and teaching ability improve, but also meet the demands of future job markets.

To increase students’ performance ability, our department often holds music recitals and encourages students to participate in music competitions. We also have inhouse competitions of chamber music and concerto. Winners of our inhouse competition can joint our department orchestra and participate in their performance. In addition, we invite reknown scholars and experts to campus seminars every semester; hold many academic conferences and desertation to provide continuous education for students and educators.


Our goals are to find the students’ professions in their music performance, creation, elementary music teaching and academic music educating, and music study and to prepare students’ skills in the following areas:

1. Improve the students’ asthetic evaluation in art and music.

2. Enhance performaning skills for music and art.

3. Have professional knowledge for Elementary School Music Education with specialized knowledge, and competent teachers.

4. Raise music teaching ability.

5. Raise their abilities of music education.

6. Improve music academic research ability.

7. Increase technology practice that enhances teaching and performing music.

8. Carry forward our traditional music, and to promote the understanding of the development of world music.


1.Undergraduate Program

     (1)Course Structure

Students are required to complete common courses for 28 credit hours, professional courses for 80 credit hours, and flexibleelective courses for 20 credit hours for a total of 128 credit hours to earn the bachalor degree. If students are interested in teaching program, they will need to follow our diplomatic requirements:


I. General Courses includes common courses (such as Physical Education, Service related course and English proficiency improvement) for zero credit hour, 16 credit hours of fundamental courses and 12 Credit hours of other college courses. For other college courses, students should select courses that are provided by two other colleges to meet this requirement.

II. Areas of Specialization:

A. Individual Instrument courses are divided into two groups: Major and Minor

a. Major: students must select one of the eight instruments - Piano, Voice, Wind music, String instruments, Composition, Conducting, Chinese traditional Instrument, and Percussion Instruments as their major. Each student will have their individual instruction for one hour.

b. Minor:

1. Teacher Training Program:

a) In the first year, students will need to pick 2 minor instruments.

In the second year, students who major in piano and other instruments must choose voice as their minor and pay for their instructing fee in addition to their tuition.

Junior and Senior minor Technical courses can be freely chosen at will, and individual instruction fees for minor elective courses must be paid accordingly.

b) Students who major in piano must choose voice as their minor and select one of the following six instruments as their second minor. The six instruments include wind, string, percussion, conducting, compostion, and Chinese traditional instruments. Students who major in vocal must select piano as their minor and one the other six types of instruments as the other minor. Students who major in the other six type of instruments will need to choose piano and voice as their two minors.

c)  All students are required to take their minor class instruction for half an hour every week.

2.  Geeneral Program:

Students in their first year will need to select one minor besides their major. In second and above years, all minor related courses could count into their elective required credit hours. Students are allowed to change their minor in their second year. All individual instruction courses have a fee in addition to their tuition.

B. When students select an 1 credit hour minor elective course, they are required to take the final audition for that minor course. For a 0.5 credit hour minor elective course, students are not required to take the final audition.

C. The period for academic year for instrument courses is one year.

D. All our instrument courses for students’ majors and minors, choral, orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensemble, collaborative ensemble and opera related practices will not be limited by regular academic spring and fall semester or by prerequisite limitation. Only students are not allowed to repeat the courses.

III. Optional Courses:

a. Related courses provided by this department

b. Areas of specialization related courses provided by other Educational departments

c. Courses provided by other departments, other domestic universities or international universities

d. Courses offered in professional module

Note: the credit hours from common courses will not be awarded in Elective courses.

     (2)Course List

   2.Graduate Program

Our course framework consists of ethnomusicology, music education and administration, performance (vocal) and music composition. Our intention is to combine our traditional music education with performance courses and computer technology in our current music practice. Our courses include required and elective courses. The total required credit hours are different by individual cases. In general, master’s degree candidates need to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours. Once students complete their credit hours requirement, programs in ethnomusicology and music education and administration must declare their thesis proposal and for students in voice program shall prepare a 60 minutes graduation recital, a performance presentation and write a 10,000 words essay regarding their recital performance; for students in music composition programs shall hold a graduation music concert to present their works.

Graduate Course Structure and Course List


I. Academic Field: pursuing a higher education in the university either domestic or abroad

II. Music Related Cultural Industries: wind ensemble, chamber ensemble, choral, collaborative indoor ensemble, digital music creation, advertisement, cartoon and movie sound tracks, cultural art industry, leisure industry, digital content industry, music therapy, develop teaching materials in children’s music education

III. Eduational Field: educators in elementary or junior high schools, music class, afterschool programs, talent class, child care services, preschool education  


Our instructional courses are all located in the Building of Art Department, which is a five level building that includes double pianos classrooms (for collaborative pianos performance teaching and practice), individual piano classrooms, student studios including 41 cubicals equipped with 37 plain pianos, 4 grand pianos, 18 professors’ individual offices, library and audio center (equipped with personal sound stereo and sheet music collection), classroom for collaborative chamber or wind ensemble practices, orchestra practice room, percussion practice rooms, computer music classroom, music auditing room, digital piano room, music instrument storage room, administration office, meeting room and two Steinway grand and vertical pianos and complete sets of precussion instruments. Our facility also has a 252 seated performance hall called “Yu-Shen Room to serve our performance needs and to rent out for other music performance organizations. We continue to improve our music teaching equipment annually so our current resources are sufficient enough to meet our demand.

In 2000, we established a digital music program and began to open courses in both bachelor and master degree levels. Those courses are now available in the subjects of computer in music teaching practice, computer technologies in music practice, modern music composition in theory and skills, electronic music composition and practice in computer recording. We expect students will be able to learn computer theory and technology in music education, sheet music writing, music composition, music recording, performance and song writing. Our mission is to raise the effectiveness of music teaching and to enrich students’ performance presentation. 



Tel: 886-2-27321104 ext. 3372, 3373