College of Music and Dance at Guangzhou University
College of Music and Dance at Guangzhou University, formerly known as Department of Music and Dance of College of Art and Design at Guangzhou University, was founded in July 2005. The college now has 57 faculty members, including 8 professors, 23 associate professors. Among them 19 teachers have received doctoral degree, and there is one doctoral advisor, 12 master advisors, one adjunct researcher of Institute of musicology at Central Conservatory of Music, one Provincial Master Teacher, one major training target of Qianbaishi Talent Project at the provincial level, 5 major training targets of Shibaiqian Talent Project, 3 Guangzhou Excellent Teachers, and 15 Distinguished Professors of Guangzhou Ballet Troupe and Guangzhou Song and Dance Troupe.
The college consists of Music Department, Social Music Department, and Dance Department, which set 8 teaching and researching offices for Vocal Music, Piano, Music Theory, Instrumental Music, Composing Theory, Dance Theory, Dance Performance, and Dance Choreography. In addition, there are some subsidiary branches, including Music and Dance Education Institute at Guangzhou University, Ni Huiying Art Center of Music and Dance Institute at Guangzhou University as well as South of the Five Ridges Think Tank Platform on Music and Dance Development Research. In March 2005, with the reform of Guangzhou municipal government on the cultural system, Guangzhou Ballet Troupe, Guangzhou Song and Dance Troupe (now renamed as Guangzhou Opera & Dance Drama Theatre), and Guangzhou Art School were put under the administration of Guangzhou University. From then on, College of Music and Dance at Guangzhou University together with the two troupes and the Art School have been passionately committed to teaching and training music talents.
The college has two undergraduate majors, which are Musicology (Music Education direction, and Social Music Performance direction), and Choreography (Dance Choreography direction, and Ballroom Dancing Choreography direction). In recent years, it has established a good cooperative relationship with universities in the United States, Italy and other countries, striving for a joint training of musicology professionals with international vision. In 2010, the college began to recruit full-time postgraduates of Music Education in Curriculum and Teaching Theory direction. In 2011, it started to enroll full-time postgraduates majoring in Art (Music and Dance) Professional Degree. In the same year, approved by Academic Degrees Committee under the State Council, the college received the first level Master's degree in Music and Dance discipline. And in 2012, it began to recruit academic and professional master graduate students in Music and Dance.
These years, the college has been taking the discipline construction of Musicology and Dancology as core mission and has made great achievements. It was authorized as the teaching reform testing point in the national, provincial and municipal level. And some research bases such as National Comprehensive Education Pilot Zone for Postgraduate Art Education, Guangdong Comprehensive Reform Zone for Art Talents Training, Guangdong Reform Zone for Training Music and Dance Talents with the mode “cooperation between college and troupe” have been established. What’s more, a project entitled as Guangdong Graduate Teaching Quality and Teaching Reform Project “Music Education Teaching Team” is under way. The college recorded a total of more than 300 publications by its faculty. Also, over 30 monographs and textbooks were published. And the college has undertaken over 60 research projects funded by the National Humanities and Social Sciences Fund and Ministry of education. Moreover, the college has won 6 national, provincial and ministerial level awards, such as the second prize of the Fourth National Excellence Award for the National Scientific Research on Education, the second prize of the Outstanding Achievement Award of Guangdong Philosophy and Social Sciences, “12th Five-Year” Regular Higher Education 12th Five-Year Plan Textbooks, the second prize of Guangdong Provincial Higher Education Teaching Achievement Award etc. And faculty members also obtained good achievements in a number of domestic and international dance competition and youth singer TV competition.