About Us



    The Department of Ethnomusicology at Nanhua University was founded in 2001. In Taiwan, this department is so far the only academic institute which studies global music culture in ethnomusicological perspective. We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs.

    This department aims to reflect on every genre of music in a liberal manner, and from a global perspective. Furthermore, students are guided to treat every individual in humanity. In order to provide multicultural learning environment, this department often invite international and domestic scholars to give lectures and seminars for academic and cultural exchanges.

    For undergraduate program, our goal is to cultivate music students with a viewpoint of ethnomusiclology. Undergraduate students in the department may freely choose one series of courses from Chinese music and theory, Western music and theory, Taiwanese music and theory, World music including from Asia, Africa and Oceania, the Middle East, South and North America and their diasporas etc. Moreover, guqin is the most revered of all Chinese instruments and it has been proclaimed as one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2004; two-year study of guqin is required in Bachelor’s curriculum. Candidate must complete either dissertation or performance programs in order to be eligible for graduation certificate.

    For graduate program, our goal is to provide theoretical and practical grounding in the discipline of ethnomusicology, as well as the opportunity to develop performance and ethnographic skills, regional expertise, and a deeper understanding of global music. We offer Master’s Degrees in Ethnomusicology, Performance. The graduate program will suit those looking for a springboard into further research or employment in a range of music-related fields including journalism, industry, NGOs and education.

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