Introduction to The College of Music and Dance
Hunan Frist Normal University boasts a century-long tradition of excellence in music and dance education. Since its establishment as Hunan Normal Academy in 1903, it has been a hub for renowned artists such as Tian Han and Qiu Wangxiang, nurturing talents like Lv Ji and Hu Ran. With a rich history in revolutionary art performances, our music and dance education program exhibits distinctive features. In 2008, our university officially introduced undergraduate education in music and dance disciplines. By 2017, we had established a master’s degree program in Hunan Province, designated as a comprehensive reform pilot major in Hunan Province during the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan.” In 2018, it received recognition as a top-tier applied specialty in Hunan Province, and in 2019, it evolved into a top-tier specialty in Hunan Province, securing a spot in the first batch undergraduate enrollment programs in our province. In 2022, the music discipline achieved national “Double First-Class” status, and we initiated a collaboration with Hunan Normal University for joint education and independent enrollment of master’s students in music education.
Educational Philosophy: Under the overarching strategic framework of “Red HNFNU,” “Quality HNFNU,” “Dynamic HNFNU,” and “Happy HNFNU” promoted throughout the university, we adhere to the principles such as “holistic development,” “cultivation of morality and nurturing of talents,” “education through aesthetics,” and “cultivation of cultured individuals”. We follow the professional educational philosophy of “virtue and talent combined, broad knowledge and profound skills, lifelong development,” focusing on meeting the goals of the national “Teacher Strengthening Program” in the new era and adapting to the digital transformation of culture and art. With students’ lifelong development at the center, and guided by the demands of society and the profession, we are committed to comprehensive educational and pedagogical reforms. Our primary aim is to nurture versatile talents in the field of music and dance, who can excel both in the classroom and on the stage, as well as thrive in the dynamic world of cultural and creative arts.
Teaching Staff: The college has assembled a faculty team characterized by moral integrity, dedication to truth, practicality, unity, and vitality. This team comprises exceptional talents from music schools and teacher training institutions in countries such as the United States, France, Russia, and Austria, who have pursued overseas education and embraced Western culture. Additionally, there are dedicated scholars and talents from renowned domestic music and dance institutions, normal universities, and comprehensive universities, who have immersed themselves in the arts and honed their skills. Currently, the college boasts a team of 66 professional teachers, including 26 with doctoral degrees (39.39% of the faculty), nine professors, 23 associate professors (48.48% with senior titles), three distinguished professors, five doctoral candidates, two Hunan Province New Century Innovative Talents, four Hunan Province outstanding teachers and teaching experts, and five specially appointed performing artists, enriching the diversity of expertise within our faculty.
Educational Facilities: The college is well equipped with high-standard resources, including a professional theater and a music hall, a total of 28 classrooms designed for multimedia, digital pianos, choir, instrumental music, dance, MIDI production, recording, and pedagogy. It provides 249 practice rooms, 124 digital pianos, 272 instructional pianos, and three grand pianos for performance. The college houses 200 musical instruments from both Chinese and Western traditions, over 300 sets of performance costumes. Furthermore, there is an extensive library with more than 30 types of reference books, domestic and international journals, a collection of over 1,000 sets of audiovisual materials, along with over 10,000 volumes of specialized books, encompassing a wide range of Chinese and foreign-language literature.
Disciplinary Research: We are dedicated to advancing the development of applied specialized disciplines, establishing research platforms, conducting practical research, resulting in a robust disciplinary foundation. The college comprises four specialized teaching departments: Music Education, Musicology, Dance Studies, and Dance Performance. It currently hosts several significant research centers, including a National Center for Elementary Music Teacher Education, a Research Base for Hunan Province Huxiang Ethnic and Folk Arts Education, a Hunan Provincial Center for College Student Artistic Innovation Training, a Hunan Province School-Enterprise Cooperation Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Base, a Chu Music Culture Research Institute, a Music and Dance Discipline Development Center, a Music and Dance Professional Teaching and Teacher Development Center, and a Music and Dance Artistic Creation and Development Center. Additionally, it supports five student art troupes specializing in choral music, wind music, string music, folk music, and popular music. In the past five years, this discipline has successfully secured seven projects from the National Social Science Fund and Art Fund, five projects from national ministries, and over 60 provincial research projects. Moreover, it has contributed significantly to academic literature with the publication of 22 monographs, six textbooks, and nearly 300 academic papers, earning five provincial awards for outstanding achievements in social sciences and teaching, as well as two awards under the “Five-One Project” in Hunan Province.
Artistic Achievements: In recent years, students in this major have showcased their talents on the international stage through 6 overseas display and have successfully completed 15 innovative research projects. They have also participated in nearly 200 appearances on China Central Television (CCTV) and international platforms. These efforts have earned them a total of 149 performance awards, including 22 prestigious national-level awards. Notably, the collective artistic performance “A Normal College Student Came to the Village” received the top honor at the 6th National University Student Art Exhibition. In recent years, our faculty and students have created more than 50 original music and dance works, showcased them on media platforms like China Central Television (CCTV) over 20 times, and participated in 12 international visiting performances. They have also achieved success in professional competitions with over 120 awards.
Talent Cultivation: Since the inception of the undergraduate program, this major has witnessed the academic growth of over 80 graduates who pursued further studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. A portion of them has matured into dedicated researchers and esteemed scholars specializing in the domain of music and dance. The program has significantly contributed to the national landscape of music and dance education with more than 2000 music and dance educators, over 100 of whom have excelled in their roles as distinguished music and dance instructors, senior educators, educational researchers, school principals and administrators. Furthermore, nearly 200 alumni have found their niche on cultural stages and in cultural management, with several achieving the esteemed titles of first-class performers, senior curators, and researchers.