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Welcome to College of Music Seoul National University

The College of Music was founded in December of 1945 by the late Dr. Jemyung Hyun and was named the Kyung Sung School of Music. In August 1946, the School was reorganized and integrated into the Seoul National University’s School of Arts
and Music Department. In 1953, the school was once again restructured and became the College of Music, Seoul National University.
In the beginning of its establishment, vocal music, composition, and instrumental music were the only majors offered. In 1959, Korean traditional music also began to be offered as a major, the first institution in Korea to do so. From there, the area of traditional music branched out into three more areas: instrumental performance, composition, and music theory. In 1981, the composition major branched out into more in-depth studies of theory and composition. On the other hand, instrumental music branched out and the study of piano, strings, and wood-wind were established as separate majors in 1982. In 1984, the study of Korean traditional music further expanded by also offering a major in vocal performance. Currently, the College of Music is composed of Vocal, Composition, Piano, Orchestral instruments, Musicology and Korean traditional music departments.