Research and teaching resources
The institute’s library includes a diverse collection of books, videocassettes, CDs, and cassettes tapes; most of NTU’s music materials are located in the main library and comprise a total of 38,000 printed works (28,000 in Chinese, 10,000 in other languages), 4,000 scores, and 33,000 audio or video recordings. Purchase of books and audio-visual materials are based on our faculty members’ request. Graduate students can also make acquisition recommendations, especially for their research.
In the past years we received a special grant from National Science Council (NSC) to purchase books related to Asian music. The total number of Chinese and English books are as follows:
In terms of musical instruments, we have electronic pianos, several set of nanguan instruments, guqin, Japanese and Korean musical instruments, and twelve sets of Indian tabla. Recently major additions of GIM’s equipment includes a gramophone (Victrola Credenza), Balinese gamelan angklung, Burmese saing waing ensemble, tablas, and several sound recorders for fieldwork recording.
A work-study studentship is also available for assisting administration in the GIM office. The Institute is located on the first floor of Lexue Building(樂學館) on NTU’s Main Campus which includes one administrative office, two study rooms, two soundproofed classrooms, and several studies for full time and visiting faculty members. In spring 2018, a newly-renovated room located in the Core Subject Building(普通教學館) Room 506 is designated as Multifunctional Music Classroom and is used for our ensemble courses. Musical instruments collection is inclusive of Chinese instruments such as guqin, guzheng, pipa, erhu, several sets of nanguan instruments, Korean janggu and buk drums, and Indian tabla. Like all other units at NTU, space at GIM is extremely limited, but the possibility of acquiring more space from the same building is expected upon the opening of the new Humanities Building, when the Linguistic Institute moves out from the current Lexue Building.