The school of music was proud to present the 30th seminar of famous musicians in Jiangsu series, entitled “The Way of Music Appreciation, The Importance of Comprehension, and The Principle of Aesthetic” by Dr. Yanshan He. The seminar was on September 10, 2019, 2pm at Chen Hong Concert Hall in Nanjing Normal University.
Dr. Yanshan He received her doctoral degree and the post doctor at Central Conservatory of Music and Beijing Normal University respectively. As the distinguished professor and the adviser of the graduate students at the school of music and dance of Guangzhou University, her research interest centers around the history of the Chinese music aesthetics and aesthetics of literature and art. In recent years, she has published numerous articles in the CSSCI journals, such as Music Research, Art of Music, and People’s music, and her publications Shengming Xinling Yinyue was published in 2015 by Huayi Press.
At the beginning of the seminar, Dr. He provided the audiences with the explanation of the cause of choosing this topic. She indicated that the Chinese music aesthetics emphasizes on the comprehension, which can be divided into three different stages: surface layer consciousness, subconsciousness, and deep consciousness. To achieve the third stage of the comprehension, one needs to follow the order in sequence. In the stage of the surface layer consciousness, it is important to learn the principle of arts and adjust the sensibility and rationality at the same level. The subconsciousness stage is integrating music and consciousness, and the deep consciousness is the highest level of the aesthetic. Dr. He indicated that the Chinese music aesthetics was based on the above three stages and became an unique theory. To help students have a better understanding, Dr. He applied music, arts, and brief stories as examples to demonstrate the principle of the Chinese music aesthetics. The seminar not only referred to music but also arts and philosophy, which provide students with a new and wide vision of aesthetics.