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College of Music


Encouragomg artists to develop their passions, creativity, and intellect


The College of Music cultivates talented individuals in order to produce professional musicians and educators, To these objectives, the college offers a wide-range of research activities and quality education on theories as well as practice.


To augment practical training, students are encouraged to experience diverse performing and stage activities as part of the coursework and to support these activities, the college provides top quality facilities. These include a hundred and seventy pianos, sixty various wind and string instruments and an excellent selection of records. In addition, the college is proud of its computerized music chamber, a grand concert hall, an instrumental music orchestration room, a Korean classical music orchestration room, a recording studio, and Paiknam Music Hall, which is equipped with practice facilities to guarantee the best learning conditions.

Educational Objectives

To meet these objectives, the department offers a series of courses in the theory and history of western music, as well as private lessons with vocalization, vocal techniques, foreign language dictions, and song interpretations. In addition to these, students are encouraged to broaden and deepen their professional expressions through participating in a variety of lied concerts, choir concerts, opera performances and regular recitals. From the junior year, two majors are separated in the Department: opera performance and Lied.


Welcome to the College of Music!

I am delighted to introduce you to the school with our distinguished faculty members, able staffs, and ambitious and talented students. The school is aiming at cultivating musicians and music educators who are endowed with artistic creativity, fine personality, and professional knowledge, as a man of society as well as an expert in music. We educate the students, for these purpose, to produce a large number of musicians who are able to play active parts all throughout the world, as performers, composers, computer musicians, music scholars, and music educators.

The school has sufficient facilities such as: superb computer-electronic labs for productive and teaching practices; practice rooms, faculty offices, laboratories for regular lessons, chamber ensembles, and chorus for education, rehearsals, and researches. The music library located in the music building offers supreme opportunities to the students for their studies and practices, and the audio-vidual laboratory materials for their practical uses for studies. The Paiknam Music Hall, consisting of concert hall and chamber rooms, have the students experience performances on the stage, and have more opportunities to meet the musical practices.

The school is making every effort to improve the curricula to reinforce both the practical training and theoretical background in music for the purpose of educating students who will make their contributions to the world of music and the community of men as well.
I hope you will find information here that is useful, informative, and entertaining.

Inside Academics

By Gyuyeon Jeong, Student Reporter


Plato once said, “Music is a defining element of character.” Allow me to introduce you to the very school that aims to achieve what Plato said. The College of Music strives to cultivate artistic creativity and professional knowledge that is needed for students majoring in Music. This school educates students to become musicians who will be active in the musical world, as performers, composers, music scholars, and music educators.


The College of Music consists of five departments: the Department of Voice, the Department of Composition, the Department of Piano, the Department of String and Wind Instruments, and the Department of Korean Traditional Music. This college makes a lot of effort reinforcing each curriculum for the purpose of teaching students effectively. In order to support such educational programs, the college provides sufficient facilities. These include innumerable musical instruments and a wide range of record collections. A lot of places including the grand concert hall; an orchestration room; a recording studio; and the Paiknam Music Hall, which is equipped with practice facilities to guarantee the best learning environment, are wide open for the students to use. The music library offers superb documents and detailed information for studies and practices. Also, the cutting-edge computerized music lab is Hanyang’s pride and joy.


In addition, the college accentuates practical training, so the students are encouraged to experience various performances and stage activities as part of the coursework. Although practical education is the emphasized in this college, courses on theoretical background in music are considered to be just as important. That being said, the College of Music strives to reach the level of sheer balance between practice and theory.




A Conversation with the Dean of the College, Hae Keun Kang


By Gyuyeon Jeong, Student Reporter


Let’s take a deeper look at the College of Music through an interview with the Dean of the College of Music.


Q. Please briefly introduce the College of Music.
A. Dr. Lyun Joon Kim, the founder of Hanyang University, established the College of Music in 1960. He was inaugurated as the first Dean, and paved the way for practical education. With great faculty and talented students, the College of Music experienced substantial growth in a short period of time, thereby setting a firm step towards advancing into one of the most prestigious colleges in Korea.


Q. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the founding of the College of Music. What kinds of ceremonies were held for its celebration?
A. As a celebration for its golden jubilee, the College of Music and the Alumni Association held a commemorative music festival in the Seoul Arts Center. Thanks to alumni support, all five departments in our college were able to perform their best. On the last day of the event, the Alumni Orchestra performed Beethoven’s “the Choral Symphony” for the grand finale. It was a magnificent opportunity for us to communicate not only with HYU students but also with a general audience. We also had a great time enjoying a luncheon and other events with veteran professors, alumni and deans from other music colleges in Seoul.


Q. Please tell us about annual events and activities of the College of Music.
A. The College of Music actively engages in various events. As I mentioned before, our college puts strong emphasis on practical education. The ratio of practical training to theoretical background is about six to four. Theory-based lectures even wrap up their classes by making students put their acquired knowledge in actual practice. In addition to the curriculum-based concerts, there is a regular concert by the Wind Orchestra. The Hanyang Gukak (Korean traditional music) Festival and Opera performances cannot be missed as well. Furthermore, the New Music Festival by the Department of Composition and the International Bach Festival by the Music Lab are Hanyang exclusives, both of which will be held in October.


Q. As compared with other music colleges, what is different about the curriculum of the College of Music at Hanyang University?
A. Lectures on convergence of Korean classical music and Western music, so to speak, are considered to be one of the most special curricula in our college. Not to mention the New Media Composition classes. Our college is very proud to have the finest archive of Early Music in Korea. We also ask students minor in other musical instruments which have similar playing techniques to that of their majoring instruments. For instance, students majoring in piano can minor in organ. It is in this context that flutists play piccolo as a minor. And what’s more, Chamber Music is a four-year mandatory program. I hope students can maximize their capabilities through the provided courses.


Q. Please tell us about students’ career path after their graduation.
A. Most of our graduates advance into concert parties such as symphony orchestras, Gukak orchestras and choirs. Some people work at research institutes like the National Classical Music Institute. Others adopt teaching as a profession or join broadcasting companies. There are some cases of them becoming executive producers in the music industry. And as you may have noticed, a lot of students voluntarily organize performing ensembles.


Q. How are the alumni of the College of Music doing?
A. We have a lot of great educators and world-class performers among our alumni. Tenor Woo Kyung Kim, one of our alumni, is the first Korean musician to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House (MOH) in New York. Plenty of other alumni singers have embedded their names in Europe. Needless to say, professor Young Keun Park is a well known composer. And Jeong Ill Lee, a professor at the University of Ulsan and the leader of the Korean Symphony, is very famous for conducting orchestral music.


Q. Will you please tell us about your international exchange programs or any other events related to foreign exchange in the College of Music?
A. The College of Music is at the forefront of globalization, I dare say. Our very first overseas performance was held in 1982, in Edinburgh, UK. We also had a Gukak concert tour in the United States in 2009 and 2010. Last April, the Brass Ensemble had a recital in Shanghai. Our students also had collaboration with students from Shinjuku, Japan. Not only that, we invite foreign professors to have Master’s Class. Our professors once held a composition presentation in Tianjin, China. Speaking of inbound foreign students, our college has 10 undergraduates and 2 graduate students; most of whom are Chinese. I hope our college can attract more foreign students from diverse countries in the near future.


Q. If there is anything you want to say to the students, what would it be?
A. Although it may sound difficult, I want to ask for students to have deeper thoughts and broad outlook towards life. It is normal that students focus on nothing but school, and this is understandable because academia is burdensome and the life in campus appears to be demanding. This is why I worry about our students being narrow-minded. Music is a way of expressing a view of life. I wholeheartedly want our students to widen their views and deepen their minds in order to become wonderful musicians.


Q. What is the ultimate goal of the College of Music?
A. Realistically speaking, our short-term goal is to be the second-best college of music in Korea. What I mean by the second-best college is to become number two concerning social recognition and a preference of college prep students. Regarding career performances of our amazing graduates, our college is definitely topnotch in Korea. However, our college needs to build up the name value and the brand power so as to stand out in public. To advance further, I hope every member of our college becomes all of one mind and can go hand in hand.




A Conversation with the Administration Team Manager, Mijung Lim


By Jungho Choi, Student Reporter


Q. For what kind of needs do students come to the office, and how do you assist them?
A. Since our students major in music, not many students come to the office for academic purposes. Rather, many students drop by to make a reservation for practices and lessons. Also, many students come to get advice for their recitals. Because students have hard time choosing the place and time, we fully support them by giving them information about former events and concerts of similar sizes.


Q. What kinds of programs or events are held for students?
A. The whole semester is tightly scheduled. Because most students get evaluated by their performance, almost all courses have recitals at the end of each semester. The system is very well-structured and intense, so students do not have the time for extra-curricular activities, nor do they look for them. Another program is the exchange student program. Over the past few years, there have been more students coming into HYU than going abroad. If foreign students wish to be trained in HYU, they have to go through interviews and submit their performance records online.


Q. Another significant difference from other colleges is its instruments and facilities. How do you manage them?
A. Of course for those who major in instruments, they have their own instruments. We have basic instruments such as pianos and drums for all the lecture rooms. In addition to that, we have special instruments, which are generally too big or expensive for students to afford. All students have to master another instrument to graduate, so the school owns many unusual instruments. When it comes to facilities, we have periodical maintenance throughout the year.


Q. You have mentioned that students must choose second instruments in order to graduate. Can you elaborate further on the explanation?
A. For example, say, you are majoring in composition. Even though your major is composition, the major is divided into practical parts; in this instance, composing songs, and theoretical composition. The same applies to all majors in the College of Music. There are theory, history, skills and many other fields to learn and master for one instrument or a course. For students to have firm knowledge and foundation for their musical careers, it is mandatory for them to have minors before they graduate. Therefore, when they graduate, all of them have two instruments, or majors from their college life.


Q. On my way to the interviews, I have seen numerous posters for recitals and concerts on the bulletin board. Many of them are supported by music research institutes. Can you tell us about them?
A. We have two Music Institutes. The first one is the Bach Music Research Center. They deal with western classical music and hold big concerts every year. Originally the name of the concert was “Collegium Hanyang”, but has changed its name to “Collegium Seoul” since the concert became so famous and eventually got sponsored by the city. Another institute is the Electronic Music Research Institute. The key argument that is made in the Electronic Music Institute is that any sound can become music. With professional faculty members including a foreign professor, they study modern music which can be considered unconventional. They also hold musical festivals every other year.


Q. Thank you very much. Lastly, can you tell us about the admission process?
A. For early admission, the competition is pretty intense. Since so many talented students apply, we evaluate them 100% based on their performance. For the regular admission, we do consider the College Entrance Exam scores, and go through a few more steps. All the information for admissions is provided on the school website, so please refer to the website for more information.