The School of Music of Nanjing University of the Arts (NUA) is one of China's oldest higher music education institutions. In 1921, Shanghai College of Fine Arts, the predecessor of NUA, opened a six-week summer music training class for art teachers, marking the official incorporation of music professional training into the College's teaching system. In 1925, Shanghai College of Fine Arts established the Department of Music with Zhiping Liu as the first department dean. Music subjects are developing independently. Zikai Feng, Bomei Zhao, and Maoyun Cheng all have been department deans. In 1952, the Department of Music of East China Institution of the Arts was founded in Wuxi, after the Department of Music of Shanghai College of Fine Arts merged with the Music Major of the Department of Art, Shandong University. In 1958, the department moved to Dingjiaqiao of Nanjing. In the next year, it was renamed the Department of Music of NUA. In 1999, it was named the School of Music of NUA.
Many distinguished musicians have been taught at Shanghai College of Fine Arts, including Jinwen Zheng, Huizuo Liu, Mengfei Wu, Boying Pan, Xiangmei Zhang, Yaoqing Xue, Guisheng Cheng, YaoZhang Liu, Dao’an Chen, Zi Huang, Bochao Wu, Wenxian Hua, Shangneng Ying, Shande Ding, Cuilun Dai, Ran Hu, Luting He, Shaoxu Cai, Erjing Deng, Lixun Dou, Zhongle Wei, and Qidong Zhu. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, a large number of influential experts have been tutoring in the school including Youkui Huang (singer), Wujia Cheng (pipa performer), Tao Gan (musician), Anhua Qu (erhu performer), Youde Ma (erhu performer), Shaochun (guqin performer), Gongliang Cheng (guqin performer), Xue Sheng (violin educator), Huifang Ye (piano performer), Zhongguang Shi (conductor), Zhenmin Xu (composer), Jianmin Wang (composer), Yuan Mao (musical aesthete), Chenghua Liu (musical aesthete), Houyong Gao (folk musicologist), Guodong Wu (folk musicologist), Qihong Ju (musicologist), and Jianhua Guan (musicologist). They have cultivated a large number of professional talents in musical creation, performance, theoretical research, and practical application.
In the course of over one hundred years of development, the School of Music has built a solid foundation of education. It now employs over 110 staff members, of which over 80 are full-time teachers. The School of Music has a complete college structure building on four majors: Musicology, Composition and Compositional Theory, Music Performance, and Music Education. It has Musicology Department, Oriental Music Department, Composition Department, Orchestral Instruments Department, Traditional Chinese Instruments Department, Vocal Music Department, Piano Department, Music Education Department, Musical Department, the Institute of Musicology, Ethnomusicology and World Music Research Center, Contemporary Music and Opera-Musical Research Center, Bach Art Center, National Vocal Music Research Center, Bamboo Instruments of Jiang Nan Research Center, and Guqin Research Center. In 1978, the School of Music was included in the first batch of Master’s degree conferring institutions by the Ministry of Education. In 2004, it was recognised as a Doctor’s degree conferring institution of Musicology (secondary discipline). In 2008, it was allowed to establish a post-doctoral research station in Musicology (a secondary discipline). In 2011, the School of Music was ungraded to be a Master’s and Doctor’s degree conferring institution of Music and Dance Studies (first-level discipline). In 2012, it was allowed to establish a post-doctoral research station for Music and Dance Studies (first-level discipline). In 2016, it ranked A- in the fourth round of discipline evaluation of national universities organized by the Ministry of Education.
Musicology has been recognised as the National First-class Major, the Higher Education Institution Star Major of Jiangsu Province, and the Jiangsu Province 11th and 12th Five-Year Plans” Key Major in Higher Education Institutions. It has been selected in the construction project of the first, second, and third batches of the Higher Education Institution Featured Major of Jiangsu Province and has been recognised as the National Higher Education Institution Featured Major (construction site). Composition and Compositional Theory has been recognised as the National First-class Major and the Higher Education Institution Featured Major of Jiangsu Province. Music Performance (Chinese Traditional Musical Instruments) is the Higher Education Institution Star Major of Jiangsu Province. The School of Music has over 10 doctoral supervisors in Music Aesthetics, Chinese Traditional Music Aesthetics, Ethnomusicology, Chinese Music History, Composition and Compositional Theory, Musical Analysis, Music Education, and Traditional Chinese Instruments Performance Research. It also has over 50 postgraduate supervisors in Musicology Theory and Music Performance. Faculty members and students of the School have won over 10 medals in various domestic and international competitions, such as the Chinese Golden Bell Award and the Wenhua Award, created over 100 musical works, and held at least 1,000 concerts of different types. They have published over 100 music-related monographs and more than 1,000 papers, translations, and reports, undertaken over 10 national and provincial research projects, won over 10 national and provincial awards and obtained over 10 national and provincial educational awards.
The School of Music has established distinctive advantages and regional characteristics in terms of teacher structure, disciplinary construction, talent training, scientific research and creation, social services, etc., and enjoys a high reputation among the same type of colleges, disciplines or professional fields across the country. Our goal is to strive to build a first-class music school in China and around the world with the spirit of Chinese culture, with an outstanding level of professional skills and morality, a vision of the world and the future, and develop in step with the times.