After the Research Center for Asia-Pacific Music was established in 2008, it created a gamelan ensemble, Gamelan Santilaras, within its World Music Orchestra. The name "Santilaras" is a combination of the Javanese words, Santi and Laras. Santi means both "beautiful" and "spiritual experience"; Laras is the name for the gamelan scale system and also means "charming" and "harmony".
Alumni Ensemble of Japanese Music of TNNUA
The Alumni Ensemble of Japanese Music of TNNUA was founded in 2010 in the Taipei area. The alumni ensemble and university integrate internal and external resources effectively to mutually support each other in their goal of promoting traditional Japanese music, providing alumni with post-graduate opportunities and a platform to perform and maintain a network of Japanese music lovers.
Tainan National University of the Arts Mongolian Music Ensemble
The Mongolian Music Ensemble was founded in 2011 by students from the College of Music. Performances center around the morin khuur, the traditional Mongolian bowed string instrument. Actual performances give students a better understanding of the relationship between the traditional Mongolian way of life and their music.
Japanese Ensemble of TNNUA
A Japanese koto ensemble was created in 2009 and invited koto master Ms. Watanabe Haruko as a visiting teacher. The shakuhachi was added to the ensemble in 2010 and the koto ensemble became one of the world music ensembles under the Research Center for Asia-Pacific Music. In 2013, Tsugaru shamisen was added and the ensemble was divided into the koto group, shakuhachi group and Tsugaru shamisen group and renamed as the Japanese Ensemble of TNNUA.
Tainan National University of the Arts Indian Ensemble
The Indian Ensemble was founded in 2009 by students from the College of Music. The ensemble consists mainly of sitars and tablas. Hands-on musical performance enhances members' understanding of Northern Indian musical culture. In addition to traditional Northern Indian instruments, members try different performance forms and integrate performance with different types of music.
Tainan National University of the Arts Djembe Ensemble
The Djembe Ensemble was founded in 2012 by members from both within and outside the school. Performances center around the djembe and the asalato, an African percussion instrument. Performance experience gives members a better understanding of African culture. In addition to playing the djembe and the asalato, the ensemble has experimented with new performance styles, integrating new techniques into performances.