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Street Address:

Xizuyuan, Dewai, Anxiang Road #1, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, People’s Republic of China


+86 10 6487 2695

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Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Arts. Studies include performance (Chinese instruments, Chinese voice, Chinese opera), Chinese musicology, composition in traditional Chinese styles, instrumental conducting, music education, music technology. Since 2002 studies in piano and some other Western instruments have been offered. There are courses in music technology, arts administration.


Graduate program


Master of Arts. In Chinese instrumental or vocal music, composition, musicology. Doctor of Philosophy.

Institution Notes:

This Conservatory was founded in 1964 and operates under the Ministry of Culture. It provides programs for the study of Chinese music including Chinese instruments and voice. There are some 750 full-time students and eight departments – composition, musicology, Chinese instruments, vocal music/opera, piano, conducting, arts management, music education. In addition there is a research centre, an adult education centre and an affiliated music high school. This is an All-Steinway school. The Conservatory houses the National Music Museum.

Country Notes:

CONSERVATORIES AND ART INSTITUTES. Conservatories and Art Institutes. The training of professional musicians and music teachers in the People’s Republic of China takes place at eleven Conservatories and Art Institutions strategically placed throughout the country. All but the Conservatory of Chinese Music in Beijing deal primarily with training in Western-style music, though all offer programs in Chinese music. The most prestigious institutions are the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Shanghai Conservatory, and these take only the very best students from all over China. Others take students only from their own or neighbouring provinces but standards remain high throughout. Entry is by audition. Conservatories have pedagogical research groups of academics responsible for organising the content of and changes to the music curriculum. A foreign affairs section at each is staffed with appropriate persons to deal with visitors both from outside the province and international. UNDERGRADUATE PROFESSIONAL MUSIC COURSES. Undergraduate courses generally last for four or five years. Teacher training courses are normally of four years’ duration, though a two-year alternative course is available in many conservatories to cater for those wishing to teach at lower school levels. Conservatory students take subjects in various categories: • political science subjects. • major music study, which may include Western or Chinese performance, musicology, composition, conducting, teacher training, sound engineering, arts management. • supporting or general studies, such as aesthetics, English or Chinese literature, introduction to the arts, physical education, educational psychology, pedagogy, music history (Chinese, Western), harmony, form and analysis, sight singing, keyboard facility, folk music of Chinese minority groups. • electives, generally involving areas of staff interest. Many Chinese universities have departments offering some music training to students and some also have departments of music education for the training of teachers of music. GRADUATE PROGRAMS FOR PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS. Post-graduate studies leading to the award of Master’s-level degrees are available in all conservatories, while doctoral studies may be undertaken at the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Shanghai Conservatory. MUSIC TRAINING FOR GIFTED CHILDREN. Music training for gifted school-age children. Attached to each conservatory is a residential middle (secondary) school in which specially selected students receive a full general curriculum as well as training in performance, theory and solfège from conservatory staff. These schools act as feeder schools to the conservatory for students wishing to make a profession in music. Both the Beijing Central Conservatory and the Shanghai Conservatory also have residential elementary schools giving appropriate general and specific music training to gifted students from about age nine.

Last Updated:

April 2019