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Feature Courses

B.F.A. Program

The curriculum for undergraduate students of the Department of Traditional Music aims to breed the spirit of versatility associated with traditional musicians while simultaneously coordinating this with modern and professional musical educational training. The Department offers a four-year curriculum with majors of Chhin (Qin), Phi-pha (Pipa), Lâm-koán (Nanguan), Pak-koán (Beiguan) and Music Theory. Students learn those instrumental techniques associated with their majors as well as theories and other related instruments or styles. In order to achieve an integration of performances and academic work, all students are required to study courses about traditional music, history and theory. In addition, Asian music, western music history and theory-related courses are also required to broadening the vision of students with traditional and international points of view.

Requirements for all majors
Forum, Solfege on Kong-chhe Notation, Traditional Instrumental Music, Introduction to Music of Lâm-koán and Pak-koán, Basic Musicianship, History of Taiwanese Music, History of Chinese Music, History of Western Music, Asian Music, Musical Form, Seminar for Traditional Vocal Expression.

Requirements for individual majors
Chhin: Chhin (Seven-String), Music of Lâm-koán or Music of Pak-koán, Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, Calligraphy / Painting and Music, Traditional Musical Idiom, Graduation Recital.

Phi-pha: Phi-pha, Music of Lâm-koán
or Music of Pak-koán, Silk and Bamboo Ensemble, Calligraphy / Painting and Music, Traditional Musical Idiom, Graduation Recital.

Lam-koan: Siau and Jī-hiân, Chuín and Phoó, Khek, Ensemble of Lâm-koán, Graduation Recital.

Pak-koán: Lyrics, Songs of Theatres, Paî-chí, Ensemble of Pak-koán, Graduation Recital.

Music Theory: Major, Siau and Jī-hiân, Chuín and Phoó, Khek, Ensemble of Lâm-koán, Lyrics, Songs of Theatres, Paî-chí, Ensemble of Pak-koán, Introduction to Musicology, Graduation Project.


Selective Courses
Lâm-koán TheaterProduction and Practicum, Pak-koán TheaterProduction and Practicum, Gamelan Ensemble, Steel Band, American Music I: Jazz, American Music II: Folk and Popular, Introduction to Chinese Theater Literature, Introduction to Chinese Music Literature, Poetry Chanting, Topics in Music History, Analysis of Music, Topics in Traditional Music, Topics in Folk Songs, Instrument Making and Maintenance, Harmony, Organology, Religious Music, Keyboard Music, Master Class for Asian Music, and others.
 
 
M.A. and M.F. A. Programs

The Master’s Program of the Department of Traditional Music offers two aspects: performance and theory. The theory section covers Music Theory and Traditional Theatre while the performance section offers majors in Chhin, Phi-pha, Lâm-koán, and Pak-koáns. The program focuses on traditional music cultures of Taiwan. It features in-depth study and training about traditional music and culture and is supplemented with interdisciplinary courses in order to foster teachers, professional performers and researchers with modern and international vision.

Requirements for all majors
Literature of Chinese Music, Theories and Practices of Traditional Music, Ensembles, Music Bibliography.

Requirements for individual majors
Performance: Major, Independent Study, Graduation Recital.

Music Theory: Musicology-Research and Methodology, Theories and Practices of Fieldwork, Anthropology of Music, Study in Taiwanese Theatre, Study in Traditional Theatre, Study in Play Reading, Topic Studies in World Intangible Cultural Heritages, (must select at least three courses from the above courses) Independent Study, Thesis.


Selective Courses
Seminars (on various topics about Taiwan and Asian music cultures), Studies on Traditional Music Notation, Transcription, Notation and Analysis, Aesthetics of Traditional Music, Accompaniment of Li-yuan Theatre, Body Movements of Li-yuan Theatre, Body Movements of Pak-koán Theatre, Seminar on Traditional Music Singing, Audio and Visual of Ethnomusicology, Readings about Ethnomusicology, Master Class for Asian Music, and others.