The Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) is the only key university from among arts institutions in China to have joined in the prestigious government endowed “211” (100 universities in the 21st century) project. In addition to affiliated primary and secondary schools, as well as undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs, CCOM is the only arts institution to have a key humanities and social sciences research base: The Institute of Musicology at the Central Conservatory of Music. In the 70 years since its establishment, not only has CCOM fostered a great number of domestic and international award winning and globally active performers and composers, but its senior professors with many years of accumulated and rich teaching experience have compiled a significant quantity of academic texts and teaching material; the junior professors have also had considerable achievements through their concentrated efforts in music creation and academic research. Furthermore, through frequent exchanges with foreign institutions, CCOM has kept up with outside developments in music education, has translated a large quantity of classic music books, and until today still produces the standard textbooks for use in music academies throughout China. In the past two decades, professors at CCOM have begun to compile books covering music theory and performances in various fields, supporting both professional music education and general music education nationwide, having a strong impact on society.
In April 2003, The Central Conservatory of Music Press was approved by the General Administration of Press and Publication, and was then officially established on 25 December 2003. CCOM’s leadership attaches great importance to the establishment and continued development of the Press. The first book of scores was published just as the Press was established. At present, the Press has the capacity to produce hundreds of different types of books each year ranging from monographs by Chinese scholars to translations of foreign books; the already in-print music teaching textbooks to material that advances popular music education; and the already in-print translations of foreign classics to the selected new works of China’s young composers.
At present, the Central Conservatory of Music Press has a director, editor-in-chief, general office, editing team, marketing team, financial affairs office, and printing team, as well as two offices for the collaboration with the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and Sichuan Conservatory of Music. The Press, in accordance with the General Administration of Press and Publication’s guidelines and under the direction of the Ministry of Education, combined with the special features and advantages of CCOM, involves scholars and musicians across China, fully excavating the creative and academic resources of many institutions to realize the mutual advancement of education, research, and publishing, and thus breaks new fertile ground in the music publishing industry. Whether it is professional or popular reading material, it all needs to be of high academic and publishing quality. Even popular books need to have accurate content and be able to withstand the scrutiny of academia. In short, we wish that our press will be an important channel through which music institutions of higher learning can disseminate advanced cultural material to society.