Postgraduate Modules for MA, PGDM, PGCM
Important note: Please note that the programme structure and course list are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this website as soon as practicable. The actual courses offered may vary in each semester.
Module & Non-Module Lists
Module List:
Classroom Music
Psychology & Sociology in Music 3 units
Curriculum Development & Music Materials 3 units
Choral Conducting
Conducting Practicum 3 units
Choral Pedagogy 3 units
Piano Pedagogy
Piano Pedagogy 3 units
Pedagogy Workshop 3 units
Music for Young Children
Music in Early Childhood 3 units
Current Practices in Early Childhood Music Education 3 units

Non-Module List:
Sources, Genres & Performance: Historical Perspectives 3 units
Sources, Genres & Performance: Analytical Approaches 3 units
Advanced Piano Pedagogy Workshop 3 units
Advanced Studies in Chinese Music 3 units
Orff & Dalcroze Approaches to Music Teaching 3 units
Virtual Music Classroom 3 units
Composition Seminar 3 units
Music in Chinese & Other Societies 3 units
Course Description
The following descriptions give a brief view of each course and its place in the overall structure of the M.A. For complete details of syllabus, book-lists, and assessment requirements, please refer to the current Programme Document.
  • MUS 7260 Research Methods in Music
    This course offers an introduction to research methods in music with a particular focus on acquiring and understanding of a variety of modes of research in music education. Students will also develop skills in locating, reading, understanding, and applying music education research.

  • MUS 7270 Music Technology
    This course is designed to help students recognize the characteristics and potential of technology applications in music education and music production in Hong Kong. Students will become familiar with recent technological devices (software and hardware) and how they are set up. A number of topics and issues related to today”¦s music technology will also be discussed.

  • MUS 7280 Creativity in Music
    This course presents a concept-and-activities-based approach to developing participants”¦ musical and creative skills. It will serve participants of different educational and musical backgrounds. By creating music and presenting it, through discussion and critique, participants will also recognize the role of creativity in the discovery and exploration of musical instruments and other sound sources readily available such as voices, speech and body rhythms.

  • MUS 7290 Psychology and Sociology in Music
    This course addresses the various psychological aspects of music and music learning and the socio-cultural context of music. Topics include the nature of musical ability, the testing of musical aptitude and achievement, talent development, and the social functions and uses of music. There is an emphasis on the tools and products of research in the fields of psychology and sociology of music.

  • MUS 7300 Curriculum Development and Music Materials
    This course examines the field of curriculum studies with particular reference to past and present music-educational theory and practice. Students study the content and design of curricula as well as critical issues related to curriculum development. In particular, it covers national and international trends with implications for music education practices.

  • MUS 7310 Choral Pedagogy
    This course is designed to advance professional knowledge and practical skills of choral conductors. Emphases will be placed on the principles of choral pedagogy and techniques of diagnosing and correcting problems in choral singing.

  • MUS 7320 Conducting Practicum
    This course is designed to enhance conducting skills in the choral field. Emphasis will be placed on practical rehearsal methods, including communication, motivation and management of choral groups. Students will participate in actual laboratory and group conducting experiences.

  • MUS 7340 Virtual Music Classroom
    This course investigates the current development, the anatomy and the educational potential of the virtual music classroom. Contents will include the following topics: (1) the virtual classroom and the traditional music classroom; (2) setting up a virtual music classroom ”V hardware and software requirements; (3) managing a virtual music classroom; (4) communicating with other virtual music classrooms on the Internet; and (5) available software and other information on the Internet.

  • MUS 7350 Piano Pedagogy
    This course prepares students for a fulfilling career in piano teaching and will focus on modern pedagogical concepts of piano teaching and performance. Specific areas of study include (1) the teaching and learning environment; (2) tutors and pedagogical materials; (3) pedagogical techniques for pupils of all ages and levels; (4) teaching stylistic awareness in piano repertoire from ca 1700 to the present; and (5) teaching musicianship through traditional and innovative techniques.

  • MUS 7360 Pedagogy Workshop
    This course offers students opportunities to advance and enrich their teaching skills by a programme of lesson observations, seminars and assignments. The pedagogy workshops bring together students to openly exchange their views and share their valuable experience of teaching with one another. Each student is encouraged to develop teaching strategies reflecting his/her own musical background, personality, and the particular needs of individual pupils.

  • MUS 7370 Music in Chinese and Other Societies
    This course explores the role music plays in our society and the types of music that serve religious, political, social, and commercial functions with the following focuses: (1) music and ritual, (2) music and politics, (3) music and popular culture, and (4) music and film/television. Apart from introducing various theories that deal with the above topics, attention will be given to corresponding types of music and musical practices in Hong Kong. Students are expected to acquire skills to study and teach music and musical practices in Hong Kong for research or classroom-teaching purposes.

  • MUS 7430 Music in Early Childhood
    This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to guide children”¦s musical development in the early years (ages 3-8). It will include theories, strategies, practices, and materials. Assessment will consist of a practical demonstration of skills supported by a pedagogy paper.

  • MUS 7440 Current Practices in Early Childhood Music Education
    This course focuses on the practical aspects of early childhood music education. Adopting a ”„workshop”¦ format, students will prepare materials, observe teachers in action, and compile resources. These materials are presented for the final assessment.

  • MUS 7450 Sources, Genres and Performance: Analytical Approaches
    This seminar is designed to utilize various approaches to analyse and develop students' interpretative abilities, and ability to think analytically about music and music structures. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of music analysis to issues such as pedagogy, performance and performance practice, rehearsal skills, composition, and arranging.

  • MUS 7460 Sources, Genres and Performance: Historical Perspectives
    This course provides opportunities for the study of musical works in their historical contexts and their transmission and reception in modern times. Adopting a seminar format, the course will provide opportunities for further development of topics related to pedagogy, choral and instrumental repertoire, and performance practice.

  • MUS 7470 Advanced Piano Pedagogy Workshop
    This course provides students with new insights into complex musical and technical problems that arise in piano teaching. Students will build up more knowledge and skills on working with piano pupils of different levels and needs.

  • MUS 7480 Advanced Studies in Chinese Music
    This course enriches students”¦ knowledge of Chinese music in scope and depth through studying a broad range of folk and traditional repertoire, at the same time cultivating the necessary skills to evaluate Chinese music in contemporary social context.

  • MUS 7490 Orff and Dalcroze Approaches to Music Teaching
    Based on the teaching approaches of Carl Orff and Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the course focuses on innovative methods, materials, and techniques of teaching general music to children in primary schools. Students will experience the process of learning music concepts from these approaches as well as creating original music materials for their own teaching.