Course Information
Course title
Introduction to the Music of Taiwan 
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Wednesday 2,3,4(9:10~12:10) 
The upper limit of the number of students: 50. 
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Course introduction video
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Course Syllabus
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Course Description

This course is offered for foreign students as part of the Taiwan Study program but is also open to local students. It will introduce students to the myriad of musical genres and their historical, political, and social contexts. Genres to be introduced include aboriginal music, traditional music of the Hoklo and Hakka peoples and of the mainlanders, and popular music. Emphases will be placed on auditory and participatory experiences through in-class workshops by invited performers, concert attendance, fieldtrips, homework assignments, and group fieldwork projects. Each class will consist of a two-hour lecture by the instructor followed by one-hour discussion period led by teaching assistants. The students are expected to familiarize themselves with the sounds of the various musical genres in Taiwan. 

Course Objective
The purpose of the course is to help students gain a basic knowledge of the music of Taiwan and its close relationship to Taiwan history and society. It also aims to heighten students’ awareness of the important role music plays in their daily lives in Taiwan and enhance their understanding of Taiwan through music. 
Course Requirement
Course materials:
1. All assigned readings and listening examples are on Exams and quizzes will include material drawn from these listening materials.
2. The listening examples will be accompanied by liner notes. The students are expected to read these liner’s notes in order to understand the content and other necessary information about the examples.
3. Regular attendance and contributions to seminar discussions are strictly required.

Examination Policy:
There are no make-ups for missed exams or quizzes except under the most unusual circumstances. To request a make-up, a legitimate excuse must be submitted in writing before the exam, or no later than one class period after the exam, and must be accompanied by written evidence. For example, if you were sick, you must provide a note from a doctor, with his/her name, address and phone number. 
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
Office Hours
Appointment required. Note: Please make an appointment and come to the course instructor's office at NTU Center for the Arts  
Designated reading
To be provided on the CEIBA website. 
Wang, Ying-Fen, ‘Music and Chinese Society: Contemporary Taiwan’. In Yosihiko Tokumaru et al. (eds),
Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol. 7 East Asia (New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 423-429.
Guy, Nancy, ‘“Republic of China National Anthem” on Taiwan: One Anthem, One performance, Multiple
Realities’. Ethnomusicology, 46:1 (2002), pp. 96-119.

Indigenous Peoples
Guy, Nancy, ‘Trafficking in Taiwan Aboriginal Voices’. In Sjoerd R. Jaarsma (ed.), Handle with Care: Ownership
and Control of Ethnographic Materials, (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002).
Wang, Ying-Fen, Sounds from Wartime Taiwan 1943: Kurosawa and Masu’s Recordings of Taiwan Aboriginal
and Han Chinese Music. (Taipei: National Taiwan University Press 2008).

Wang, Ying-Fen, ‘Ensembles: nanguan’. In Yosihiko Tokumaru et al. (eds), Garland Encyclopedia of World
Music, Vol. 7 East Asia (New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 205-209.
Wang, Ying-Fen, ‘Nanguan music in cross-strait exchanges between Taiwan and Fujian: with focus on Taiwan’.
Paper presented at the 37th ICTM Conference, 5-11 January 2004, Fuzhou, China.

‘Pak-Koan (beiguan)’. An article retrieved and edited from Taiwan Music Centre, Preparatory Office of the
National Headquarters of Taiwan Traditional Arts .

Folk and operatic
‘Taiwanese Fu-lao folk songs and instrumental folk music’. Accompanied booklet, 《陳冠華的台灣福佬民間音
樂》(Chen Kuan-hua Taiwanese Fu-Lao folk music) (台北市:行政院文化建設委員會,1992), pp. 20-32.
‘General introduction to Hakka mountain songs’. Accompanied booklet, 《賴碧霞的台灣客家山歌》(Lai Pi-hsia
Taiwanses Hakka mountain song) (台北市:行政院文化建設委員會,1992), pp. 18-30.
Lee, Kuo-jing and Chung-ang Huang, ‘Performance stages and development: the rebirth and the re-
emergence of Taiwanese opera’. In Outdoor Taiwanese Opera Carnival 2007, Commemorative Guidebook
(Yilan: Preparatory Office of the National Headquarters of Taiwan, 2007), pp. 9-21.

Popular music
Chen, Hsin-yi, ‘Golden Oldies! Taiwanese 78-rpm records’. Taiwan Panorama (January 2009).
Lin, Hermia ‘Good old Taiwanese singles from the thirties’ (25 Februaru 2010). Available at Taiwan Culture
Guy, Nancy, ‘Feeling a shared history through song: “A flower in the rainy night”. The Drama Review, 52:4
(2008), pp. 64-81.
Hatfield, D. J., ‘Taiwan’. In John Shepherd et al. (eds), Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World,
Vol. 5, Asia and Oceania (New York: Continuum, 2005), pp. 51-8.
Lin, Eric, ‘From the fringes to the mainstream: new Taiwanese music booming’. Taiwan Panorama (May 2005).
Guy, Nancy, ‘How does “made in Taiwan” sound?: popular music and strategising the sounds of a multicultural
nation’. Perfect Beat, 5:3 (2001), pp. 1-17.
Taylor, Jeremy E., ‘Pop music as postcolonial nostalgia in Taiwan’. In Allen Chun, Ned Rossiter and Brian
Shoesmith (eds), Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic
Industries (New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), pp. 173-182.
Wang, Georgette, ‘Seeking the best integration: popular music in Taiwan’. In Alison J. Ewbank and fouli T.
Papageorgiou (eds), Whose Master’s Voice?: The Development of Popular Music in Thirteen Cultures
(London: Greenwood Press, 1997), pp.209-220. 
Explanations for the conditions
Group project  
A project on any subject covered in this course carried out by a group of 5 members, including a 10-min short film, a 15-min oral presentation to introduce the film, and a 5-page written paper 
Finan exam 
30 questions in the multiple-choice format covering Folksongs and narrative singing, Taiwanese opera, pop songs in Taiwan, and reception of Western and Chinese music in Taiwan 
Mid-term exam 
30 questions in the multiple-choice format covering Indigenous peoples' music, nanguan music and beiguan music 
Attendance and participation  
Regular attendance at and contribution to the seminar session 
Week 01
02/16  Introduction to the course 
Week 02
02/23  Indigenous peoples I: Tradition 
Week 03
03/02  Indigenous peoples II: Innovation 
Week 04
03/09  Nanguan music I: Appreciating the sounds 
Week 05
03/16  Nanguan music II: Contemporary development 
Week 06
03/23  Beiguan music I: Appreciating the sounds 
Week 07
03/30  Beiguan music II: Contemporary development 
Week 08
04/06  Mid-term examination 
Week 09
04/13  Folksongs and narrative singing 
Week 10
04/20  Taiwanese opera 
Week 11
04/27  Pop songs in Taiwan I: Japanese colonial period
Recorded lecture link: 
Week 12
05/04  Pop songs in Taiwan II: 1945~1987 
Week 13
05/11  Pop songs in Taiwan III: Present days, up to 2000

Week 14
05/18  Reception of Western and Chinese music in Taiwan before and after 1945 
Week 15
05/25  Final examination 
Week 16
06/01  Group presentation (All groups)
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