The institute’s faculty consists of seven full-time professors specializing in the various subdisciplines of musicology as well as cultural anthropology, who provide students with a comprehensive musicological training integrating a diverse range of different research areas. Several part-time professors add to the richness of the curriculum, and since 2006 have contributed especially to the general education offerings for undergraduates with courses on topics such as nanguan and guqin performance, sound art, and world music.
Full-time Faculty
Jen-yen CHEN
Associate Professor & Director of the Institute
Ph.D., Historical Musicology, Harvard University
Research interests: 18th-century Austria; music and the Enlightenment; sociology of music

Jen-yen Chen received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in historical musicology, and has been a member of the Graduate Institute of Musicology since 2006.  The focus of his scholarship is music of eighteenth-century Austria, and specific areas of research include Catholic sacred music traditions, aristocratic patronage, and issues of social class in relation to the Enlightenment.  More recently, he has begun to pursue work on the interactions of European and Asian cultures in the eighteenth century and their reflection of a developing global modernity.  He has published articles in European, American, and Taiwanese journals and essay collections as well as edited volumes of music.



Professor & Director of NTU Center for the Arts
Ph.D., Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University
Research interests: Chinese music history; Chinese music theory; Chinese classical theater
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Ying-fen WANG

Ph.D., Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh
Research interests: Nanguan music; social history of Taiwanese music; historical recordings

Ying-Fen Wang received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.  She founded the Graduate Institute of Musicology in 1996 and served three stints as its director.  As one of the founding board members of the Study Group of Musics of East Asia of the International Council for Traditional Music, she also served as its first chairperson from 2006 to 2010 and is now on the steering committee of the newly-founded East Asian Regional Association of the International Musicological Society.  She has been studying nanguan music since 1983 and has published articles on nanguan’s tune identity and creative process, its tune classification system, and the impact of cultural policy on nanguan in postwar Taiwan.  IN 2000, she started to work on the collection history of Taiwan music and in 2008 published a book and CD-set on Kurosawa Takatomo’s wartime survey of Taiwan music of 1943. She is currently working on the social history of music in colonial Taiwan under Japanese rule in relation to the issue of colonial modernity, focusing particularly on the recording industry and radio programming.  She is also conducting out a three-year project on the nanguan 78 rpm records issued in Amoy, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Other ongoing projects include the study of the representation of the aboriginal music and dance in colonial Taiwan, the comparison of the record industries in Taiwan and Korea under Japan’s rule (in collaboration with Yamauchi Fumitaka), and the compilation of a database of performing arts activities as reported in Taiwan nichi nichi sinbo (Taiwan Daily News, largest and longest-running newspaper in colonial Taiwan).


Yuh-wen WANG

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Music Theory, Columbia University
Research interests: Music, body, mind, and spirituality; music analysis; music aesthetics; judgment of musical value

Yuhwen Wang obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University in music theory.  Her scholarly work engages the relationship among music, body and mind, and analytical investigations in aesthetic tastes in pre-modern Chinese and Taiwanese music.  She has written articles about traditional guqin practice, the aesthetic practice of the erhu performer Abing, and ancient Chinese music philosophy.  She is currently writing a book exploring the intertwined nature of traditional Chinese music with bodily health, mental welfare, and spiritual strength, and is also conduting research on differences in musical time between pre-modern and modern Chinese and Taiwanese music. 



Chen-gia TSAI

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Systematic Musicology, Humboldt University
Research interests: Chinese theater music; biomusicology; phoniatics; music acoustics; psychoacoustics

With research interests are located at the intersection between the natural sciences and the performing arts, Chen-gia Tsai conducts research on the physics of musical instruments and the physiological/emotional responses to Chinese opera and other performing arts, as well as on the cognitive neuroscience of music. His recent book, Alternative Watching/Listening: Brain Diseases and Voice Disorders in Performing Arts, draws together medical and musical sources to make sense of the artistic depictions of disease manifestation in social and historical contexts.
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Associate Professor
Ph.D., Anthropology, The Academy of Korean Studies
Research interests: Musical culture of Japan and Korea; colonialism; history of the record industry; popular music

YAMAUCHI Fumitaka spent an extended period in South Korea, where he received his PhD from the Academy of Korean Studies with his doctoral dissertation, which was the first comprehensive study in Korean of the recording industry in the context of colonial Korea and its relations with imperial Japan. He then became an assistant professor at the Institute of Oriental Culture (currently the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia), University of Tokyo, before joining the faculty of the Graduate Institute of Musicology in 2009. He held visiting fellowships at Harvard during his PhD studies and at Yale during his appointment in Japan. His current research interests include the historical formations of recording culture and popular music in East Asia in their relation to issues of colonial modernity, wartime mobilization, and technological mediation. His recent publications in English include “Policing the sounds of colony: Documentary power and the censorship of Korean recordings in the age of performative reproduction” (2011, Musica Humana), and he is the co-editor (with Hugh de Ferranti) of a special issue of The World of Music on colonial modernity and East Asian musics (2012), which features his own essay “(Dis)Connecting the empire: Colonial modernity, recording culture, and Japan-Korea musical relations.”



Chien-chang YANG

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., History and Theory of Music, University of Chicago
Research interests: European music history; history of musical thought; aesthetics and philosophy of music; critical theory

Chien-Chang Yang has held teaching and research positions at National Chiao Tung University and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, before joining the faculty of National Taiwan University in 2006. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 2002 with the dissertation, “Music as Knowledge: The Foundation of German Musikwissenschaft and Hugo Riemann’s Theory of Listening,” which won research grant support from the DAAD and the Chiang Chingkuo Foundation. He has published and presented scholarly papers in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the United States. His research areas include the intellectual history of music, critical theory, music historiography, and issues related to musical modernity. Recent research topics include the interaction between experimental sciences and music aesthetics in the late 18th century, Adorno’s conceptions of historical time and compositional techniques, and historiography of 20th-century music.

Part-time Faculty

Lap-kwan KAM

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Historical Musicology, University of Vienna
Research interests: Medieval music; historical musicology; western music theory

Szu-wei CHEN

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Film & Media Studies, University of Stirling
Research interests: Popular music; world music; modern music industry

Kung-yuan LEE

Teaching Fellow (Performance)
B.A., Chinese Literature, National Cheng Kung University
Research interests: Guqin music

Yannick DAUBY

Teaching Fellow (Applied music)
M.A., Digital Arts, University of Poitiers
Research interests: Soundscapes and sound art
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