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TNUA attends PAMS 2018 Summit

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Poster:Secretariat OfficePost date:2018-05-04
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Representatives from TNUA’s School of Music attended the Pacific Alliance of Music Schools (PAMS) 2018 Summit hosted by the University of Southern California (USC) in April.
A total of 14 music schools from 10 different countries were featured in the summit, whose theme this year was “Reflecting your Location through your Curriculum.”
 
It the fifth time that TNUA has been invited to PAMS. Its representatives this year were Prof. Shien-Ta Su, dean of the School of Music, and Prof. Hwei Jin Liu.
 
The almost week-long summit, which started on April 3, took a look at the curriculums and characteristics of the participating schools, in line with this year’s theme. It also discussed issues concerning the development of music education.
 
Apart from discussions and experience sharing, and opinion exchanging, the PAMS participants were also arranged to tour the USC campus, attend a film scoring class given by Prof. Dan Carlin, enjoy a chamber music concert and another performance by Prof. Patrice Rushen and students from the Popular Music Program.
 
Prof. Rushen, chair of the Popular Music Program, also gave a talk about the development of the program.
 
Prof. Su pointed out that USC music curriculum reflects the importance and characteristics of Los Angeles in the film industry and popular music. John Williams, the composer of Star War theme music, also teaches there, Su noted.   
 
Prof. Liu noted that most of the attendees of PAMS think that music students do not study how to play an instrument, but also how to perform music.
 
USC and the University of Auckland have reformed their music curriculums, giving students more flexibility in choosing their classes, and encouraging them to take courses in other disciplines.
 
The first PAMS summit took place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014, co-hosted by Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. PAMS was formed to forge closer ties between the institutions. Since then, deans and presidents of the partner schools have been meeting every year, in a bid to build the region into a driving force of music education and culture.
 
Current members of PAMS include: TNUA, University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Auckland, the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Tokyo University of the Arts, Seoul National University, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, University of British Columbia and Mahidol University. 
 
The next PAMS summit will take place at Seoul National University in April 2019.
 
Caption: Participants of PAMS 2018 Summit pose for a photo.
 
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