Targeting music educators and other holders of a degree in music, the Master of Arts in Music at HKBU offers chances to meet and learn with experienced music scholars from Hong Kong and all over the world. The courses cover different study areas and students choose courses according to their professional interests and musical aspirations.


All courses are taught by experienced music professors and distinguished visiting academics from all over the world. The areas of expertise of Music faculty members comprise teaching and research in choral conducting, piano pedagogy, composition, electro-acoustic music, early childhood music, music history and analysis, technology in music education, psychology and sociology of music, comparative music education, voice analysis, and the teaching of Chinese music.

M.A. Programme Director

Dr. Andre J P Elias
Assistant Professor

Study Modes

1-year full-time or 2-year part-time.
Both full-time and part-time students will attend classes on weekday evenings and/or on weekends, depending on the schedule of the courses offered. Other courses may be offered during summer according to the course offering schedule.

*For local student only.

Medium of Instruction

All courses are taught in English, except those related to Chinese Music which may be taught in Chinese.

Tuition Fee for Academic Year 2019-2020

Full-time local student

HK$96,600 per academic year

Part-time local student

HK$48,300 per academic year

Full-time non local student

HK$105,800 per academic year

Programme Structure

Programme Structure

Core Elective Courses

MUS7260 Research Methods in Music

9 units

MUS7280 Creativity in Music

MUS7290 Psychology and Sociology in Music

MUS7370 Music in Chinese and Other Societies

MUS7440 Current Practices in Early Childhood Music Education *

*choose any 3 courses only from the above (3 units each)

Elective Courses

Choose 7 courses on offer (3 units each)

*Selected students may apply to take a Dissertation Project# (6 units) in lieu of 2 Elective courses

21 units

Total number of units required:

30 units

*Subject to approval

Elective Courses

Apart from the 3 core elective courses, students will need to complete 7 elective courses. Elective courses may include: Curriculum Development & Music Materials; Piano Pedagogy; Music in Early Childhood; Music Technology; Sources, Genres & Performance; Historical Perspectives, and Orff & Dalcroze Approaches to Music Teaching. The number and nature of elective courses may change according to community needs.

Note that not all core elective and elective courses will be offered in a given academic year.

Dissertation Project# (6 units, 3 units in each semester)

The Dissertation Project will be offered in three areas in the coming academic year: Composition, Choral Conducting, and Performance. Interested students can apply for a special audition for the dissertation project by submitting a portfolio for the Composition or a video for Choral Conducting/Performance directly to the Music Department within 2 weeks of submitting the online application.

#For 1 year full-time students only.

2018-2019 Course Offering List


Course Code and Course Title



Semester 1


Research Methods in Music

MON 1830-2020

Dr. André Elias


Psychology and Sociology in Music

THU 1830-2020

Dr. Eric Kong


Choral Pedagogy

TUE 1830-2020

Dr. Mimi Law


Piano Pedagogy

FRI 1830-2020

Dr. Yoonie Han


Music in Early Childhood

SAT 0930-1120

Dr. Eric Kong


Arranging for Small Ensembles

WED 1830-2020

Dr. Austin Yip

Semester 2


Creativity in Music

To be Confirmed


Current Practices in Early Childhood Music Education


Conducting Practicum


Composition Seminar


Advanced Studies in Chinese Music*


Studies in Choral Literature


Studies in Piano Literature


Current Topics in World Music

Admission Requirement & Information

Admission and Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants should possess:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in music with at least second class honours from a recognized university or comparable institution; OR
  2. Qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Non-local applicants whose bachelor’s degree was awarded by an institution/university where the medium of instruction was not English, are required to fulfill the English Language Requirements of a score of 6 or above in IELTS, or 74 (internet-based)/537 (paper-based) in TOFEL.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview, and a written test.

Application Methods

  1. On-line application: Please visit the website of Graduate School.
  2. Application period for 2019-2020 M.A. in Music: 2 January 2019 to 31 May 2019

  Applicant please prepare the below documents and submit them together with your application by the application deadline.

  1. Identity card/passport copy;
  2. Supporting documents (official transcript(s) and certificate(s)) of all the academic qualifications;
  3. Music qualification certificate(s) which obtained by examination and above ABRSM G.8 or equivalent;
  4. Test Result of IELTS 6.0 or above / 74 (internet-based) or 537 (paper-based) in TOEFL and
  5. 2 Reference Letters/ recommendation forms (submitted by referees)

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    Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.


    (852) 3411 5153


    (852) 3411 7870



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