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2008.0417

New Home for the College of Music Is Completed

<p><font face="Arial">By Sabrina Lin<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Students from the College of Music, including Department of Music, Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology and Graduate Institute of Performing Arts, have their new playground from now on, since the new offices and piano rooms were finished and introduced today.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;The establishment of the College of Music has been something to be expected for the past 30 or 40 years,&rdquo; said Dr. Hsu Jui-kun (許瑞坤), dean for the College of Music.&nbsp; &ldquo;Also, the facilities have been something that many professors have been expecting for nearly 10 years.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Hsu made his remarks during the grand opening ceremony for the new facilities, which are located on 31 Shida Rd. where National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) kindergarten used to be.&nbsp; The kindergarten was established in 1949 but was eventually concluded last year due to financial reds and the decreasing number of students.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">NTNU President Gou Yih-shun (郭義雄) said that NTNU administrative officers decided to take good advantage of limited campus space and build new facilities for the College of Music at the location where the kindergarten used to be when they decided to close the kindergarten last year, also the time when the College of Music was established.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Hsu said that it cost approximately NT$3 million (US$100,000) to build the new facilities, including multimedia classrooms, piano rooms and offices for graduate students, professors and staff members, at the old kindergarten.&nbsp;&nbsp;Sound-proof materials were used when constructing the&nbsp;facilities so musicians would be able to carry out their practices in the new building without a fear that the music would turn out to be interruptions&nbsp;for residents&nbsp;of NTNU&rsquo;s dorm buildings, where are next to the College of Music&rsquo;s new home.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>