The land of Lingnan is beautiful, with a profound musical culture. Here, famous artists have emerged in large numbers, giving birth to a number of outstanding musicians who have led the trend of modern Chinese music culture, such as Xian Xinghai, Xiao Youmei, Ma Sicong, and Li Ling. Xinghai Conservatory of Music is located in Guangzhou, the cultural center of Lingnan. It is the only higher music institution in South China. The school is deeply rooted in the culturally fertile land of Lingnan, immersed in the spirit of Lingnan music culture, forged the spirit of inclusiveness, learning from others, openness and innovation, and formed an excellent education and teaching tradition.
The history of professional music education in Guangdong can be traced back to the Guangzhou Conservatory of Music founded in 1932 by the pioneers of modern Chinese music education, Ma Sicong and Chen Hong. In October 1957, the Guangdong Provincial Government established the Guangzhou Music School, which allowed the continuation of modern professional music education in this area. Subsequently, the school changed its name several times, and it has undergone several changes. In 1958, it was renamed Guangzhou Music Academy; in 1965, it merged with Guangdong Dance School into Guangdong Art Academy; in 1969, it merged with Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts to form Guangdong People's Art Academy; it was renamed Guangzhou Music Academy in March 1978; June 1981 Approved by the State Council, it was upgraded to Guangzhou Conservatory of Music; in December 1985, it was renamed Xinghai Conservatory of Music in commemoration of the Guangdong people’s musician Xian Xinghai.
60 years of ups and downs, 60 years of salary passed down. Xinghai Conservatory of Music always takes the training of high-quality music and dance talents as its own responsibility, and follows the school motto of "seeking truth, beauty, ethics, and dedication", promotes the spirit of Xinghai, and inherits the excellent Lingnan music culture. In the new era and new stage, the school seizes the good development opportunities of entering Guangzhou University City, makes use of Guangdong's rich human resources, and relies on the geographical advantages of being at the forefront of reform and opening up, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau, and blending into the educational ecological environment of Guangzhou University City where multiple disciplines coexist. Formulate a development plan, and strive to achieve the goal of "building the school into a first-class, world-renowned, high-level music conservatory with Lingnan characteristics in China".
The school focuses on music and dance disciplines, and coordinates the development of related art disciplines. At present, there are a total of musicology, composition, piano, orchestra, Chinese music, vocal and opera, folk vocal music, art management, musical instrument engineering, modern music and drama, popular music, and music education. There are 18 undergraduate schools (departments), including the School of Dance, the School of Marxism, the School of International Education, the School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Department of Music Fundamentals, and the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Research Institute, Music Museum, Lingnan Music Culture Research Center, Art Practice Center, Social Music Education and Training Center, etc. It has the key research base of humanities and social sciences of ordinary universities in Guangdong Province, the National University Student Cultural Quality Education Base (joint) and 5 experimental orchestras. The major covers various fields such as composition and composition technology theory, musicology, recording art, music performance and dance. The school has formed a four-in-one disciplinary system of teaching, creation, performance, and research, with a level of connection of technical secondary school, undergraduate, and postgraduate schools, and a school structure with general education as the mainstay and continuing education as the supplement. The first-level discipline Music and dance is the dominant key discipline in Guangdong Province. Musicology, music performance, and recording art are national-level specialty majors. Musicology, music performance, recording art, composition and composition technology theory are provincial-level specialty majors, and piano majors are Guangdong Province famous brand major, music performance is the key major of Guangdong Province.
The school has a team of teachers with a reasonable structure, high quality, and innovation. Currently, there are 667 faculty members in the school. Nine of the teaching staff enjoy the special allowance of the State Council, five of them won the "Zhu Yongxi Outstanding Music Education Award" of the Ministry of Culture, 12 of them are national model teachers, national outstanding teachers, national outstanding educators, and 51 are Guangdong university teachers German pacesetters, outstanding teachers in Nanyue, outstanding educators, outstanding labor union workers, etc. 1 person was included in the "New Century Excellent Talents Support Program" of the Ministry of Education, 3 persons were rated as provincial-level teaching teachers; 6 persons were successively selected as provincial-level training targets for the "Thousand Hundred-Ten" project in Guangdong Province, and 4 persons were selected as Guangdong Provincial Special Support Program Young Cultural Talents, 5 people were selected into the Guangdong Province Excellent Young Teacher Training Program. In the past five years, teachers have won more than 500 awards at or above the provincial (city) level.
The school pays attention to the coordinated development of students' knowledge, abilities and qualities, and emphasizes innovative talent training models. Following the objective laws of higher art education, and in accordance with the talent training standards of "thick foundation, wide-ranging, strong ability, and high quality", an innovative curriculum system of the "trinity" of subject courses, human-oriented courses and social courses has been constructed. Strengthen practical teaching and form a "quaternary structure" practical teaching system for art practice, teaching practice, management practice and social practice. Pay attention to the quality of teaching. According to the characteristics of the music and dance art major and the talent training goals, a strict teaching quality monitoring system has been formulated to ensure the overall improvement of the teaching quality. In the past five years, students have won more than 1,356 awards at or above the provincial (municipal) level in various professional competitions, including 286 international awards, 471 national awards, and 599 provincial (municipal) awards.
The school has a beautiful teaching environment and excellent teaching conditions. There are two campuses, Guangzhou University Town Campus and Shahe Campus, covering an area of 224,961 square meters, of which the University Town Campus is 189,993 square meters and the building area is 210,000 square meters. The school has modern concert halls, professional recording studios, electronic music production centers, various rehearsal halls, academic lecture halls and piano room buildings and other teaching facilities. The school library has rich collections and advanced equipment; the archives management construction is at the national level and ranks among the forefront of universities in the province; the campus informatization process is constantly advancing, and is gradually building a modern and intelligent digital Campus. The school is still in the Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou Grand Theater, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Guangdong Song and Dance Theater, Guangdong Performance Industry Association, Guangdong Television Station, Zhu Ying Orchestra, Guangdong Music and Music Troupe, Guangdong National Orchestra, Guangdong Canton Theatre, Guangzhou Chengtou, Zhujiang Piano Group Co., Ltd., YAMAHA Musical Instrument Company and other units have established practical teaching bases.
The school insists on open-ended operation and actively develops foreign exchanges and cooperation. In the past five years, it has successively held the "Annual Conference of the Chinese Western Music Association", the "National Music and Art College Basic Music Teaching and Enrollment Reform Seminar", "Xinghai Berkeley Music Week", "The First Lingnan Guzheng Art Festival", " Xinghai Rotterdam Music Week", "The First International Music Document Translation Seminar", "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao-Taiwan Art Management Summit Forum" and other academic seminars. Invite domestic and foreign experts and scholars as guest professors, and invite famous experts and scholars from the United States, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other countries, as well as famous domestic experts to visit, give lectures and hold concerts. The symphony orchestra, national orchestra, chorus, chamber orchestra, dance group and other performance groups and various experts and scholars in the hospital were invited to visit, perform and give lectures in various art academies abroad, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions and the mainland. The school has also established inter-school exchanges with music schools in the United States, Britain, Austria, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and other countries and regions.
As of October 2017, the school has 4264 undergraduates in general education, 469 adult education students, 251 postgraduates, and 655 attached high school students. The school recruits students from all over the country (including Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) and also recruits international students. Over the years, it has attracted high-quality students. The first choice undergraduate admission rate is 99.6%, and the freshman registration rate is 99.8%. Since the establishment of the school, the school has sent more than 22,000 senior music and dance talents to the society. They have received wide acclaim from the society and employers for their solid professional foundation and excellent comprehensive quality. Many of them have become business backbones of art schools, art groups, research institutions and cultural management units in South China, and some are well-known at home and abroad. In recent years, the employment rate of school graduates ranks among the top universities in the province.
After 60 years of unremitting efforts by generations of Xinghai people, the school has developed into a music and dance education center based in Guangdong, serving the country, and facing the world. It has won high praise from the society, and received the cordial care and care of the party and state leaders and provincial leaders. very sure. Jiang Zemin once wrote the name of the museum for the "Xian Xinghai Memorial Hall" of our school. Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, He Guoqiang, Zhu Rongji, Li Ruihuan, Wei Jianxing, Song Ping, Wu Guanzheng, Zhang Dejiang, Wang Zhaoguo, Li Yuanchao, Meng Jianzhu, Zeng Peiyan, Wu Yi, Redi, Han Qide, Zhou Tienong, Chen Zhili, Sima Yi Amat, etc. Party and state leaders have visited our school; Li Lanqing has come to our school to have a cordial discussion with teachers and students. Ren Zhongyi, Lin Ruo, Huang Huahua, Zhu Xiaodan, Lu Zhonghe, Wang Shoudao, Yang Yingbin, Xiao Zhiheng, Liang Guoju, Lin Shusen, Li Hongzhong, Hu Zejun, Li Yumei, Zhang Guangning, Tang Bingquan, You Ningfeng, Lei Yulan and other provincial and municipal leaders have visited our school many times to guide the work. The former General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and Chairman of the National Defense Committee, Kim Jong-il, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkulen, and the Speaker of the Belgian House of Representatives Herman De Crowe, and other foreign leaders have also visited our school and gave their support to the school’s operation. The high evaluation has improved the school’s international reputation and expanded the school’s influence.
In the new historical period, we must thoroughly implement Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese characteristics and the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, plan and promote the reform and development of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music with "Chinese structure, world vision, and Lingnan culture", and actively respond to and Integrate the national "One Belt One Road" initiative, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area strategy, and the strategy of strengthening the province through culture, adhere to connotative development, characteristic development, innovative development, and international development, build a first-class faculty, cultivate first-class music and dance talents, and launch first-class landmark achievements , To build a first-class discipline, and make unremitting efforts to build the school into a first-class, world-renowned, high-level music conservatory with Lingnan characteristics in China!