Classification and Forms of Daoist Music
|Classification and Forms of Daoist Music|
| Vocal Music |
|Schools of Daoist Music|
| Music of the Orthodox Oneness Tradition |
Music of the Complete Perfection Tradition
|Compilations of Daoist Music Scores|
| The Ritual of Jade Tunes|
The Daoist Musical Scores Composed by Imperial Order during the Great Ming Dynasty
The Orthodox Rhythm of the Complete Perfection Tradition
|Daoist Music of Different Places|
| The White Cloud Temple, Beijing Suzhou Mt Longhu|
Mt Wudang Mt Mao Shanghai
Mt Lao Shanxi Plain Sichuan
The Northeast Taiwan Hong Kong
Traditionally, Daoist music is classified into vocal music sung or recited by the human voice and instrumental music performed with musical instruments and Magical Instruments (法器) . Daoism has its own habitual appellations for the above two forms, namely "yun", "yunqing", or "yunzi" (tone) for vocal music and "qupai" or "paizi" (tune) for instrumental music. Further, according to different occasions and recipients, "Tones for Chanting (韻腔)" are classified into "Yin Tones(陰韻)" and "Yang Tones(陽韻)", and "tunes" are classified into "Solemn Tunes(正曲)" and "Lively Tunes(耍曲)".
Yin Tone and Yang Tone
The Yin Tone refers to the Tone for Chanting used in rituals performed at the outer altar. They are mostly chanted in rituals held outdoors or at the home of fasting clients, such as "relieving the people" and "Feeding the Hungry Ghosts(放施食（放焰口）) ". Its major audiences include believers and ordinary people watching the rituals.
The Yang Tone is the Tone for Chanting used in sacrificial rituals performed at the inner altar. It is generally chanted in the halls of temples, and its major recipients are practical Daoist priests, heavenly and earthly spirits, and divinities of all the realms.
Solemn Tunes and Lively Tunes
Solemn Tunes are instrumental music played by musical instruments or Magical Instruments . They are usually played when circling the altar in the course of the Ritual of Praying for Luck and Peace Performed at the Inner Altar (祈福齋醮科儀) and the Ritual of Saving the Souls of the Dead Performed at the Outer Altar (薦亡齋醮科儀) .
Lively Tunes are formed and evolved by assimilating folk music. They are mainly used for the rituals held for the common people and played before opening the altar and after closing the altar. They have a strong entertaining nature.