Education Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MusicologyM.A., California State University at Fresno, Music History & LiteratureB.A., Central Washington University, Music
BiographyProfessor Peter Chang teaches Music History that comprises a sequence of three undergraduate courses. He also teaches graduate research seminars and seminars of selected composers, as well as courses in a given musical style period. For non-music majors, he teaches World Music, a music appreciation course of non-Western cultures that fulfills the general education requirements. In the area of applied music, he directs chamber music ensembles, the String Program, and has taught applied violin.
While specializing in the music of the twentieth-century, Professor Chang has worked on the study of the mechanism for musical synthesis in contemporary music, and his articles have appeared in Asian Music (1991, and 2001), and Community of Music (1993). He also published a study of iconography of traditional Chinese musical performance in Imago Musicae (1995); and the International Yearbook of Musical Iconography, Innsbruck, Austria. He is the author of Chou Wen-Chung: The Life and Work of a Contemporary Chinese-born American Composer (2006);many articles on contemporary American composers for Contemporary Music Review (2007); The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Arts (2007); as well as a book review for Ethnomusicology (2007). He was invited to give lectures and to teach courses at several universities and conservatories in China.
Professor Chang treats all of his students with respect, and wants to make their learning experience at NEIU a rewarding one.
CoursesMusic HistoryGraduate Research and Composer SeminarsWorld Music
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