History

The College of Music, Mahidol University, is the first music conservatory in Thailand offering various degree programs, including Pre-College, Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral programs in many areas of music.

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1987 Dean of Mahidol University at that time, Professor Dr.Nat Pamornprawat had established the Academic Development Project and asked Dr.Sugree Charoensook to be the head of the project. It is the first time that Music courses are opened as an elective course for undergraduate students in Mahidol University.

1989 The Master of Arts in Cultural Study, with an emphasis in music, was offered as a new curriculum for the graduate students in the Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development. In the beginning, the Thai house was used as class rooms and the program’s office was on the 2nd floor of Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

1991 A project was established to set up a college of music in Mahidol University’s supervision.

1992 The program was expanded and renamed the Master of Arts in Music, concentrating in Music Education and Musicology areas.

1993 A project was established to set up the College of Music. The Dean of Mahidol University at that time was Professor Doctor Pradit Chareonthaithavee. Professor Doctor Adulya Viriyavejakul, who was vice president at that time, was the one who gave the Thai name to the College of Music as “Witthayalai Duriyangkasilp.”

June 1, 1995 The sub-committee for the project was established on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s accession to the throne. The Office of the Prime minister accepted the plan to build “Bhumibol Sangkeet Building. The College of Music, Mahidol University, has received HM King Bhumibol’s royal permission to use his royal title “Bhumibol Sangkeet Building” and to adopt the badge of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s accession to the throne on November 30, 1996.

December 23, 1995 A special program called Music Campus for the General Public was set up on the 3rd floor (with area of 853 sq. meters) of the Seri Center Shopping Mall, Srinakarin Road, Bangkok. The incentive was to prepare prospective students for entrance examination into the College, and to develop the music education of children (from 3 years old). The objective was to equip Thai children with capabilities in music and to offer the best in music education to the general public, a project supported by Project of Research in Talented Education. This program attracted a great numbers of general public.

1996 The Dean of Mahidol University, Professor Doctor Attasit Vejachiva had develop the College of Music Project, equivalent to a faculty supervised by Mahidol University.

1998 The Undergraduate program, initiated in 1998, offers studies in Music Performance, Jazz Studies, Thai and Oriental Music, and Music Technology.

2001 The College offered the Pre-College program to provide high school students with proper knowledge in music suitable for further studies in the college level. The pre- college was offered at the level of Matthayom 4-6 to prepare the students for the undergraduate studies.

2002 The College of Music’s first building was completely opened for use.

September 21, 2003 Was a 9th year anniversary of the College of Music, Mahidol University. The college’s administration team agreed to build the Monument of Kru Mi Khaek who is the first famous Thai Musician in the college of music area.

2004 Completion of buildings B and C in which the Music Auditorium and the Music library were respectively situated.

2005 The Doctoral degree in Music, the first of its kind in Thailand, was offered in 2005 with an emphasis in the intellect of Thai and Eastern music in order to develop the music scholars, music teachers and music researchers to serve the society. From then, the College of Music, Mahidol University has become the only college of music which offered the teaching and learning from Pre-College up to the PhD level.

2006 Another Music Campus for the General Public program is established at the Siam Paragon Shopping Complex, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok. The main objective is to develop music education for general public of all ages and also establish the proper atmosphere for teaching and learning music.

2007 was the year of the occasion of the 80th Birthday Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the College of Music established the Musica Arboretum as a place to plant 63 kinds of trees used in making musical instruments on the 5 rai. The Musica Arboretum is like a museum of living trees that iss a learning place for society and culture that depends on the natural wonders of woods. The inheritance the music culture including traditional way of life will also be preserved for humanity’s history.

2009 The construction of Building D was completed. The college had its own music journal publishing, College of Music, Mahidol University Publishing (CMMU publishing).

On July 1, 2009, Salaya Link began to serve in a direction of Mahidol University to BTS Wongwianyai. More detail, follow at www.music.mahidol.ac.th/salayalink.

On December 22, 2009, Music for the General Public at Seri Center Department Store was moved to the 4th floor on the space of 1,100 square meters at Seacon Square Department Store.

On May 29, 2009, a fine dining café and restaurant, Music Square was opened to welcome guests and play concerts.

In 2010, On May 19, 2010, Clinical Professor Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, the President of Mahidol University, laid a foundation stone for College of Music’s Southeast Asian Musical Museum. The museum will be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

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