The music education junior programme was first offered in 2009, and focuses on training practical and senior professional talents in basic music and music performance theory, basic music teaching skills, and practicing music as a career.

1. Training Objectives

(1) The programme trains practical senior professional talents in ideological, intellectual, and physical development so that they are prepared to put their skills to work in society.

(2) In terms of moral ethics, they should support the Party’s basic line, love the country, and have a desire to serve the people wholeheartedly; they must also observe laws and regulations and have good social public ethics and professional teaching ethics.

(3) With regard to professional knowledge and ability, they should be equipped with a basic knowledge of music theory; have a good command of music skills and be able to play an instrument and/or sing; have a desire to improve the level of music appreciation; have strong abilities in teaching music and organizing music activities; and have an innovative spirit and the ability to learn independently.

2.Characteristics and Requirements

Theory and practice are combined in this course, and the students are able to systematically learn basic knowledge and to receive basic skills training. Over the three years of part-time schooling, they will be helped to improve their musical abilities and taste for music, and a greater understanding of specialized basic musical theory and professional skills will better equip them for positions related to music education, theory, and skills.

The graduates should grasp the following basic theories and skills:

(1) To understand basic music theories and basic knowledge related to music, and to have the ability to appreciate music.
(2) To understand different schools of music, masters, and classical music pieces.
(3) To master the basic skills of playing keyboard instruments, singing skills, music teaching methods, and more.

Practice is the predominate feature in the teaching of such skill courses as piano, vocal music, sight singing and ear training, piano improvisation accompaniment, singing, choir and orchestra conducting, practical harmony, and the optional study of Chinese and foreign musical instruments; upon graduation the students will be ready to directly enter the work force, being qualified for music related jobs such as music education and teaching and the organization and implementation of music activities.

In terms of physical constitution, the students are required to be healthy and energetic.

3. Curriculum Setup and Teaching Management

(1) Compulsory courses, optional courses, and extensive practice are specified in the teaching plan.

(2) The compulsory courses are offered by CCRTVU, which makes for a united and harmonious syllabus, teaching materials, examinations, and grading standards.

(3) Local RTVUs may choose optional courses when formulating teaching plans for implementation, and the local RTVUs can also independently offer some optional courses in accordance with the training objectives and local economic development needs. The syllabus, teaching materials, teaching management, and examinations for the autonomous courses are in the charge of the local RTVUs, and the relative materials are submitted to CCRTVU for approval and kept on file. Besides the optional courses listed in the teaching plan, the local RTVUs can offer some autonomous courses according to the characteristics and actual situations of the local area and people. The relevant information on the autonomous courses are submitted to CCRTVU for approval and kept on file.

(4) CCRTVU will be responsible for providing teaching support services as the class syllabus, multimedia teaching materials, and examinations for the system-wide courses.

(5) Final evaluation and assessment results requirement will be different for each compulsory course due to the different teaching requirements for each course, with the individual details specified in the assessment introductions. The local RTVUs will organize and implement these according to CCRTVU requirements. Those who fail the final evaluation will not get credit for the course.

(6) The local RTVUs will be responsible for organizing and implementing intensive pre-graduation practice in accordance with the requirements of the syllabus, which mainly includes two parts: teaching practice (practical exercises and practical assessments) and intensive practice (art practice and graduation practice). Practice shall not be exempted.

a. Teaching practice

Practice exercises refer to after-class independent practice for the students. Students are expected to engage in independent after-class skill exercises after each class. The time for practice exercises shall be no less than the hours specified in the teaching plan (see the course teaching media and the class hours for the music programme).

Practical assessments refer to the necessary process of evaluating and tutoring the students in practical exercises. Part-time and full-time tutors are assigned to the class according to the actual conditions at tutorial centres. The students are organized for skill assessments as they continue through the course; the results for each assignment are recorded as the students develop, and will form the basis for evaluations and assessments of their progress.

b. Integrated practical

Graduation practice can be done in various forms, such as teaching practice, class observation and evaluation, and by combining teaching with practice. The students are encouraged to organize and solve practical teaching problems using the basic knowledge, skills, and teaching methods that they have learned. See the implementation details for assessment standards. Four weeks are scheduled for practice in the sixth term, and it carries 4 credits.

Art practice refers to a graduation performance or graduation concert arranged on the expectation that the graduation performance practice has been completed. Some areas, including poverty alleviation areas, rural areas, or communities can be invited as a charity performance. Such is a necessary process to check the students’ mastery of basic skills and their ability apply what they have learned. The performance can be organized according to the specialties of the students in vocal music, instrumental music, or others. Two weeks have been set aside for this in the sixth term and it carries 4 credits.

4. Length of Schooling and Graduation

The credit system is practiced and all credits obtained within 8 years of the students’ registration are valid.

CCRTVU arranges the teaching plan according to a three year part-time study schedule.

The minimum graduation requirement for the programme is 76 credits. Students who accumulate the required total credits for graduation and meet the moral requirements are allowed to graduate and issued the junior college degree graduation certificate of higher education acknowledged by the state.

5. Course Descriptions

The compulsory courses include: the entrance guide for open education, introduction to Deng Xiaoping Theory and a review of the principles of “Three Represents” , English I(1), art appreciation, aesthetic principles, piano, vocal music, basic music theory, sight singing and ear training, celebrated musicians and classical music, piano improvisation accompaniment, and choir and orchestra conducting.

Optional courses include dancing, practical harmony, music composition foundation, small band orchestration common knowledge, creation technique of computer music, choreography foundation, new music course pedagogy, symphonic music appreciation, foreign opera appreciation, guzheng (a 21-or 25-stringed plucked instrument), violin, electronic organ, dulcimer, accordion, erhu (a two-stringed bowed instrument), guitar, pipa (a plucked string instrument), flute, folk music appreciation, case study and comment on new music course, guide to teaching materials of new music course, movie and TV music appreciation, culture and arts management, pedagogy, psychology, community music activities, song writing, a brief history of foreign music, popular dance art, basis of musical culture, basis of musical education, and appreciation of Chinese dance.

Brief Introduction to compulsory Courses:

(1). Admissions Guide for Open Education

Admissions Guide for Open Education carries one credit, 18 class hours are scheduled for it in one semester.

This is a compulsory course offered to students of open education in collaboration with CCRTVU’s open education programme. The course is designed to get the students to understand and become familiar with the new open education study environment of open universities, to introduce a new learning idea adapted to the mode of open education, to get to know and adapt to the open education way of teaching and learning in the shortest possible time, to grasp basic learning skills, and to gradually cultivate the habit and capacity of autonomous learning before they begin classes related to their programme.

The major contents include a sketch of the significance and characteristics of open education as well as the difference from other forms of teaching. The introduction covers the system structure, education approach, operation mechanism, teaching management, and social reputation of RTVUs; the general learning mode, learning methods, and skills of open and distance education; learning with computer networks, exchanges with teachers and students via computer networks, and the utilization methods of general teaching media, such as computer-aided teaching software, and others.

(2) Introduction to Deng Xiaoping Theory and a Review of the Principles of “Three Represents”

The course carries 2 credits and is offered in one semester with 36 class hours.

This is a political theory course compulsory to all CCRTVU students.

It primarily focuses on the social and historical conditions for the formation of Deng Xiaoping Theory and a review of the principles of “three represents”. It covers the process of their formation and development, their major contents and scientific implications, and their historical status and guiding significance; the Party’s ideological line, essence of socialism, basic national conditions, opening and reform, as well as theories and policies pertinent to all domains of economic construction, political construction, cultural construction, national reunification, international strategy, and the Party building.

(3) English I(1)

This course carries 3 credits and is offered in one semester with 54 class hours.

English I (1) is CCRTVU’s public English course. It is aimed at developing the students’ ability to use English through the learning of phonetics, grammar, and vocabulary knowledge. It also includes basic skills training in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. It puts particular emphasis on the cultivation of reading comprehension so that a good foundation is laid for the students to further learn and use English.

(4) Art Appreciation

This course carries 3.5 credits and is offered in one semester with 63 class hours.

This course is aimed at equipping the students with the ability to analyze the universal law of art by following the theories and views of Marxism, and to equip the students with the ability to appreciate and judge art so as to improve the students’ cultural taste, aesthetic quality, and comprehensive ability through the language characteristics of specific arts and especially the appreciation of various excellent works of art with striking characteristics.

The teaching contents for this course are divided into 12 chapters, including introduction to art appreciation and the appreciation of architecture, painting, sculpture, craft, calligraphy, music, dance, drama, opera, photography, movies, and others. Except for the introduction, the proportion of basic knowledge and specific works is 1:1 in each part of art appreciation.

5. Aesthetic Principles

This course carries 3 credits and is offered in one semester with 54 class hours.

As a compulsory course, it is aimed to further improve the students’ ability to analyze and appreciate the beauty of nature, society, and the arts in particular so as to improve their own creative and design ability level. In the course of this class, the students are required to master the following: contents concerning aesthetic objects, including essence and form of beauty, types of beauty, and essential features of aesthetic perception; contents concerning aesthetic subjects, including psychological factors, differences and universality of the sense of beauty; and contents concerning the improvement of aesthetic subjects, including aesthetic education and more.

(6) Piano

This course carries 6 credits and is offered over two semesters with 108 class hours.

This is a compulsory course. The students are required to have learnt the basic skill of piano playing through the accumulation of knowledge and practice. The students shall be able to correctly play music using the methods taught and be able to cater to the needs of music class and extra-curricular activities in schools.

(7) Vocal Music

This course carries 6 credits and is offered over two semesters with 108 class hours.

This is a compulsory course. The students are required to master the basic vocal music knowledge and basic singing skills and methods through a study of vocal music theory and practicing singing skills. They shall be able to independently perform songs and appreciate and analyze vocal music works on the whole.

(8) Basic Music Theory

This course carries 3 credits and is offered in one semester with 54 class hours.

This is a compulsory course concerning the basic knowledge of the discipline of music. Through this course, the students will be expected to master the basic theoretical knowledge of music. They shall be skilled in reading musical notation and numbered musical notation; master the emotional notes, intervals, modes, national modes, chords, and notations of music so as to lay a solid foundation for further music study.

(9) Sight Singing and Ear Training

This course carries 5 credits and is offered over two semesters with 90 class hours.

This compulsory course is divided into the two parts of sight singing and ear training and is taught with solfège system. The students are required to improve their ability to read musical notation through practice with sight singing and ear training, to train their musical hearing and memory ability, and to listen for and recognize information on single-tone, interval, chord, phrase, rhythm, and other factors.

(10) Celebrated Musicians and Classical Music

This course carries 5 credits and is offered over two semesters with 90 class hours.

This is a compulsory course divided into a Chinese part and a foreign part. The aim is to cultivate the students’ interest in music and to help them become familiar with the historical development of Chinese and foreign music. The students are required to master the ability to recognize different musical schools and the styles and characteristics of composers and their works during important historical periods. Quality education shall be promoted to improve the students’ ability to judge and appreciate the art of music.

(11) Piano Improvisational Accompaniment

This course carries 4 credits and is offered in one semester with 72 class hours.

Based on the acquisition of basic piano playing skills, the students are required to be thoroughly acquainted with basic musical knowledge and accompaniment through the course curriculum. They are required to master basic methods of accompaniment and have the ability for improvisational accompaniment in practical use.

(12) Choir and Orchestra Conducting

This course carries 3 credits and is offered in one semester with 54 class hours.

This compulsory course is divided into the two parts of choir and conducting. The students are required to understand and have a fundamental grasp of the basic knowledge of choirs, the basic skills needed in choir conducting, and the practical ability to form and train a choir through the instruction provided in this course.