The Department of Instrumental Music nurtures creative professional performers balanced with outstanding global performance ability, musical sensibility, expressiveness, broad musical knowledge, and interpretative ability. There are 21 majors covering keyboard, string, wind and percussion instruments, and the curriculum is most effective in achieving the goal and it is designed to reflect the characteristics of each instrument. The curriculum is divided into three groups.
First, there are courses designed to improve the students’ performing skills for specialized instruments, such as major courses, workshops, chamber music, and ensembles, most of which are mandatory. Second, there are courses designed to cultivate the core musical refinement, musical knowledge and interpretative skills, such as Sight-Singing, Music Dictation, Harmony and Analysis, History of Western Music, Keyboard Harmony, Literatures, Score Reading, and Figured Bass. Third, there are courses offered that are designed to build a broad and creative world of art through experience and research on music and other genres of art or the humanities, such as Music History, Secondary Major, Chorus, Art History, Foreign Languages, Understanding Cultures, and Special Lectures. The performance skills, musical sensibility, and expressiveness cultivated by the curriculum are further enhanced through performance opportunities that include solo, chamber music and ensembles.