The School of Music aims to be one of the best music institutions in the world known for producing world-famous artists. The faculty is not only famous nationally, but also known and respected across the globe. They instruct through unique teaching methods based on extensive field experience combined with a deep passion to nurture and develop the world’s best artists.
We have created programs to cultivate students’ perspectives and abilities including master classes with world-famous artists, exchange programs with internationally renowned music schools, performances abroad, and other exchange programs as well. We offer a unique program combining major intensive classes with extensive field training to help students become professional artists after graduation. This intensive education method with the best faculty and talented students is already in place, and we are looking forward to becoming one of the premier music institutions in the world in the near future.
The curriculum of the School of Music focuses on balancing a major intensive course with fusion education to foster creative, professional artists leading the field of arts in the 21st century. It runs a unique curriculum that is divided into three parts: major-Intensive education, theory Education, and fusion education.
In the major-intensive program there are classes for specialization such as applied study, master classes, ensembles, chamber music, special lectures, practice, performances, and various types of concerts. The theory education program focuses on musical theory which strengthens applied study within individual majors. There are classes such as Ear-Training and Sight-Singing, Analysis, History of Western Music, and various seminars. The fusion education program is designed to develop creative and flexible thinking to deal with changing environments in the field of arts in the future. It is partially up and running at present and is developing a diverse selection of classes.
The School of Music begins the major intensive course without electives for freshmen. Basic theoretical subjects are integrated into one class called Harmony and Analysis, which is taught with the school’s unique teaching method. Most importantly, by placing a strong emphases on applied study, the class accounts for four credits, making it twice as much as other universities, and one quarter of all credits required for graduation. There is a workshop for each major so open lessons are possible between different majors. Applied study involves individual-based lessons and major workshops are a time for faculty and students to meet, learn, and share applied study and experience.
To improve students’ ability to make music, ensembles such as Chamber Music, Chorus, and Ensemble are mandatory. Classes such as Ear-Training, Sight-Singing, and Harmony and Analysis are classified as “completion by ability” courses, so once a student reaches a certain level, he or she can earn the credits regardless of whether they completed the course or not.
The Department's systematic and professional approach in teaching enables students to become successful singers at the highest professional level. Private lessons and major courses including Diction, Opera Class and Chorus -which students should take in the first year- efficiently help them to enhance their musical performance and gain professional knowledge. Class Piano and Vocal Literature are required for a better musical capability in a comprehensive way. Students selectively take courses of their interest, such as Basic Lied Repertory, Vocal Ensemble, and Foundation in Choral Conducting.
By performing an opera annually, students experience the whole process of an opera production. In addition, the participation in various solo and choral concerts gives them an opportunity to raise the level of their capability to the maximum.
The Department aims to nurture creative music performers balanced with top-notch performance, musical sensibility, power of expression, broad professional knowledge and interpretation ability. Considering the characteristics of each instrument, the curriculum of 21 majors of keyboard, string, wind and percussion instruments is designed to most effectively achieve the goal of the Department.
The curriculum is divided into three parts: first, there are Applied Study, Workshops, and Ensembles to enhance performance capability, most of which are required courses; second, Ear-Training & Sight-Singing, Harmony & Analysis,
History of Western Music Survey, Keyboard Harmony, Literatures, Score Reading, and Figured Bass are to learn the basics for musicians, acquire knowledge in music, and enhance interpretation ability; and third, courses of Music History, Secondary Major, Chorus, Art History, Foreign Languages, Understanding Cultures, and Special Topics help students make creative artworks from broader perspectives by studying other art genres or humanities. What students have acquired from the curriculum -performance capability, musical sensibility, power of expression- is enhanced through various performance opportunities including solo, chamber music and ensemble.
The Department teaches students Western and Korean music grammars and theories and trains them to compose music so as to help them become composers with skills and writer's perspectives.
They are trained in video, dance, computer, and practical music so that they work as composers in various related fields. In addition, their playing of at least one Western and one traditional Korean musical instrument should reach a certain level. Every semester for three years, a composition recital is held to give students a chance to present their own pieces. Besides that, recitals out of school and publications of their creations enrich their experience as composers.
The goal of the Department is to identify students who are capable of reconstructing musical pieces as creative art, and train them so as to develop their ability to become professional conductors.
As curriculum, there are required courses including Applied Study, Minor Instruments, Score Reading, Opera Coaching Techniques, and Keyboard Harmony, and Performance. Students acquire a broad understanding of music in general and basic knowledge in arts, and learn how to play musical instruments. The performance course gives them an opportunity to practice what they learn.
Its aim is to nurture students as creative musicologists, music theorists, and critics who know well in terms of both musical theory and performance. They are trained in the skills of study theme and methodology selection, data collection, and creative, critical, and logical writing. Western, non-Western, and Korean modern music is covered in terms of knowledge and musical practice.
The curriculum is designed under several goals. There are courses: to actively respond to the fast-changing world music scene; to promote Korean music and lay a theoretical foundation for it; to be closely related to the field; and to provide both theory and practice.
The Music Technology Department aims to create cutting-edge art through the marriage of sound and technology. Especially, it adapts to the flow of art as new media, fostering artists who can lead the creation of new arts through the integration of diverse media and interaction.
The department offers majors in electroacoustic composition and computer music technology. Classes are divided into three areas: music, technology, and media. Students can attend all electives regardless of their major.
The curriculum of the Music Technology Department is divided into three parts. Classes related to music address technical and aesthetic aspects of creating music with computers and electronic devices. Students majoring in electroacoustic composition will create two pieces of music for each semester. One will be in a designated style and the other one will be up to the student to choose. It is possible to collaborate with students for projects in computer music technology.
Technology classes deal with the history and technology of hardware and software for music. Students majoring in computer music technology will complete a project for each semester. It is possible to develop hardware, software, or a paper. Students are allowed to collaborate on projects in electroacoustic composition.
Media classes deal with the historical, technological, and aesthetic contents of media apart from music. Students can collaborate with a third party or company on media projects.