| The Department of Music was established in 1971 by
Dr. Juanelva Rose, an American missionary. From the
beginning the curriculum was modeled after some of the
more outstanding schools of music in the United States.
Class sizes were deliberately kept small. In addition to
high standards of musical performance, emphasis has
always been placed on a solid foundation in music theory
and music history. Tunghai was the first
Taiwan to set such high standards for
graduation with a
degree in musical performance.
In order to further nurture local musical talent, in 1992 a Master of Arts degree program was
added under the leadership of Dr. Tzong-kai Kuo. The same high standards found in the
undergraduate program can be seen in the graduate program as well.
||There are now well over a thousand graduates of the department who
have established themselves as competent musicians, both in
Taiwan and on the international
The department currently has fifteen full-time and 56 part-time faculty members. In addition to
to Taiwanese faculty, there are also professors from the United States, Japan and Belarus.
| Current enrolment is approximately 200 students,
including Chinese from other countries and other
international students. Most of the textbooks used by
students are in English. There are six major performing
groups: orchestra, wind ensemble, mixed chorus, opera
workshop, Electone ensemble and percussion ensemble.
Each semester there are public performances at various
venues around the island.
For the last twenty-five years, Tunghai has sponsored a summer music festival, inviting
internationally acclaimed artists to teach and perform in the school’s facilities. In the last few
years the department has also hosted an international music symposium, inviting scholars from
share their research findings.
In the last year, the music department established the Tunghai University Preparatory School
of Music program to help nurture young talent. There are currently students ranging in age from
third graders up to university level enrolled in this program.
The Tunghai University Department of Music is without a doubt an important center for the
of western art music in central Taiwan.