Dr. Mei Han

Director, Center for Chinese Music and Culture

Dr. Mei Han
(615) 898-5718
Room 1600, Miller Education Center (MEC)
MTSU Box 168, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of British Columbia (2013)
  • MA, University of British Columbia (2000)

Areas of Expertise

Ethnomusicology, Chinese Music, World Music and East Asian Music.

Biography

Mei Han (Ph. D.) Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, and associate professor at School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University.  

Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music. Her publications on Chinese music include journal articles, book chapter, and entries for The Groves Dictionary of Musical Instruments and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Dr. Han has taught courses...

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Mei Han (Ph. D.) Director of the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, and associate professor at School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University.  

Dr. Han is an ethnomusicologist specializing in Chinese music. Her publications on Chinese music include journal articles, book chapter, and entries for The Groves Dictionary of Musical Instruments and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Dr. Han has taught courses in Ethnomusicology, Cultural Anthropology, World Music, and performances. She has lectured at universities and music institutes around the world. Her research interests expand to music of East Asia, the Chinese diaspora within North America, and contemporary music influenced by Asian philosophies. She received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (full scholarship for Doctoral degree), the highest awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the St. John Scholarship (for Master’s degree at UBC), awarded by St. John University (Shanghai) Alumni Association; and the Thelma Adamson Prize for the best student presentation, SEM Northwest Conference.  

Dr. Han is an internationally claimed concert artist on the zheng (Chinese long zither). She presents music deeply rooted in over two thousand years of Chinese culture and propels the instrument into radical new dimensions of musical expression. She began to take music lessons at age of 10. She studied with zheng masters in China. She was a featured soloist for over 10 years with the Zhan You Ensemble, the prestigious ensemble of its type in China. Moving to international stages, she has played concerts in more than a dozen countries, including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, the National Art Center, Ottawa, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, WOMAD festival in Australia and Singapore, and concerts in Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, South Africa, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam. She premiered the first original zheng concerto composed by non-Chinese composer (John Sharpley) with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, 2003. She received two Juno nominations (Canadian Music Award) and recorded eight solo and chamber music albums. She has been on NPR, CBC (Canada), BBC (Great Britain), and ABC (Australia), and radio programs in China.   Dr. Han founded/directed Chinese Music Ensembles at University of British Columbia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Kenyon College, Ohio. She has been working with students of all ages on learning Chinese musical instruments and ensemble performance. She has been an adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festival in Vancouver Canada for 8 years.  

Dr. Han moved to Murfreesboro Tennessee in 2015 to join the faculty at MTSU and to create a Center for Chinese Music and Culture at MTSU, which was opened in March, 2016. Her goal is to share Chinese music and culture with the rest of world, and to build bridges between peoples.

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Publications

Book Chapters

 “Battling the Typhoon: The Zheng’s Revolutionary Voice in Maoist China.” 2018. in Tyranny and Music. Joseph E. Morgan, Gregory N. Reich eds. Lexington Books. Maryland. The USA. ·   

 “Ga Pic Pac and the Marriage Customs of the Dong.” 2013. in Music, Dance and the Art of Seduction. Frank Kouwenhoven, James Kippen eds. Eburon Publishers. Delft. The Netherlands.

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Book Chapters

 “Battling the Typhoon: The Zheng’s Revolutionary Voice in Maoist China.” 2018. in Tyranny and Music. Joseph E. Morgan, Gregory N. Reich eds. Lexington Books. Maryland. The USA. ·   

 “Ga Pic Pac and the Marriage Customs of the Dong.” 2013. in Music, Dance and the Art of Seduction. Frank Kouwenhoven, James Kippen eds. Eburon Publishers. Delft. The Netherlands.

Articles  

Entries on the “Zheng,” “Se,” “Yazheng,” “Zhu,” and “Duxian Qin.” 2014. in The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments. London: Macmillan Press Limited.  

“Zheng.” The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2001. London: Macmillan Press Limited. 

“Ga Pipa de Minsu Kaocha ji Youguan Yinyuexue Wenti de Kaoyi” (“An Examination of Ga Pipa and its Ethnomusicological Issues”) 嘎琵琶的民俗考察及有关音乐学问题的考疑. 1996. Musicology in China 中國音樂學. 3:129-144.

“Guanyu Dongzu Caige Tang de Shidi Kaocha” (“A Field Report on Dong’s Singing Chamber”) 關於侗族踩歌堂的實地考察. 1994. The Yearbook of Chinese Music 中國音樂年鉴 342-348. 

“Gaige Kaifang dui Nanyin Xianzhuang de Yingxiang”(“The Impact of China’s Economic Reform on the Current State of Nanyin,” 改革開放對南音現狀的應響. 1994. Chinese Music 中國音樂 1:34-35.

Reviews 

Book Review: “‘A Phonemic Theory: On Traditional Chinese Music’ by Shen Qia (No.4, Winter, 2019 ed., pp. 83-85). Asian-European Music Research E-Journal. Shanghai: Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

CD Review: “Music of Central Asia, Vol. 10: Borderlands.” 2018. in Ethnomusicology. Vol. 62. No.1.:167-69. 

CD Review: “‘Hugo’s Window on the World of Chinese Zheng: A Review of Hugo’s CD series of ‘The Art of Zheng Music.’” 2005. CHIME 16-17:242-45.

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Presentations

"The Influence of Ancient Chinese Aesthetics in North American New Music." November, 2019. Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Conservatory, shanghai, China.

"Shifting Perspectives: De-othering “the others,” and De-othering Myself.,...

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"The Influence of Ancient Chinese Aesthetics in North American New Music." November, 2019. Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Conservatory, shanghai, China.

"Shifting Perspectives: De-othering “the others,” and De-othering Myself.," November, 2019. The Music Research Institute, Chinese National Arts Academy, Chinese National Arts Academy, Beijing, China.

"Global and Local: Perspectives and Definitions."(keynote speaker). November, 2019. Music Future International Forum of Cross-border Talent and Industrial Prosperity, Tsinghua University and Communication University of China, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

"Three Studies of Musical Instruments in East Asia: The Human Factors," (presenter and panel leader), July, 2019. 45th ICTM World Conference, International Concil for Traditional Music, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand.

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In the Media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=222DomoDh3g

Courses