PEN Sheng Ching was born in Hsinchu in 1943. He entered Taiwan Provincial Hsinchu Teachers College (National Hsinchu University of Education) right after graduating from junior high school. Later, in 1965, he studied in the music department of Chinese Culture University and, in 1971, in the graduate program of the same school. He received a fellowship sponsored by the Ministry of Education in 1974 and pursued further study and research in the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After returning to Taiwan, PENG began to teach in the music department of Chinese Culture University. He has made many contributions to music education in Taiwan. To facilitate teaching, he created a large personal collection of scores and books. He published three books and more than ninety journal articles. He also served on the committee board of the Ministry of Culture and the National Academy of Educational Research, as the head of the committee for high school textbook review, and as a judge for many music competitions.