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

Elective Courses

Apart from the 4 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 four areas in the coming academic year: Composition, Choral Conducting, Performance and Ethnomusicology. Interested students can apply for a special audition for the dissertation project by submitting a portfolio for the Composition; a video for Choral Conducting/Performance or a research proposal for the Ethnomusicology 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

This course offers an understanding of the various approaches to research in music. Emphasis is placed on developing competencies in locating, reading, understanding, and applying music research, and formulating research topics.

MON 1830-2020

Dr. André Elias


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, testing of musical aptitude and achievement, talent development, and social functions of music. There is an emphasis on the tools and products of research in the fields of psychology and sociology of music.

THU 1830-2020

Dr. Eric Kong


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.

TUE 1830-2020

Dr. Mimi Law


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.

FRI 1830-2020

Dr. Yoonie Han


Music in Early Childhood

This course aims at developing students' comprehensive understanding in the role of music in child development (e.g. cognitive, socio-emotional, aesthetic, creative, and physical). Students will examine various theories, approaches, strategies, and research in early childhood music education. Both the skills and knowledge necessary to guide children's musical development in the early years (ages 0 to 8) will be emphasised in the course.

SAT 0930-1120

Dr. Eric Kong


Arranging for Small Ensembles

This course will focus on how to arrange existing music for small and non-professional ensembles of the kind typically found in schools, churches and community organizations. The emphasis will be on Western instruments. Some aspects of this course will cover instrumentation, orchestration, harmonization and performance techniques, and the course is designed to focus on real experiences with the problems of adapting and arranging music for younger or less-experienced musicians.

WED 1830-2020

Dr. Austin Yip

Semester 2


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.

TUE 1830-2020

Dr. Austin Yip


Current Practices in Early Childhood Music Education

The goals of the course are to expand students' knowledge and skills of current materials and pedagogy related to early childhood music. Students focus on theoretical and current curricular models through a combination of lecture, discussion, "workshop" activities, and student presentation.

SAT 0930-1130

Dr. Winsor Chan


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.

Summer Course

Dr. Mimi Law


Composition Seminar

This course enhances students' problem-solving skills and creative thought-processes. It broadens knowledge of compositional techniques and aesthetic concerns. The creation and, where possible, performance of student compositions will be the focus of the course.

THU 1830-2020

Dr. Austin Yip


Advanced Studies in Chinese Music*

This course enriches the student's 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.

Summer Course

Prof. Zhang Boyu


Studies in Choral Literature

This course aims to familiarize students with major choral works from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. Emphasis will be placed on an in-depth look at historically significant works in major choral genres. Students will explore a variety of choral works composed for different types of ensembles, sizes and performances levels.

WED 1830-2020

Dr. Mimi Law


Studies in Piano Literature

This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of piano literature from the Baroque era to the present. Students will explore a variety of piano compositions composed for different performances levels, with emphasis placed on composers with historically significant repertories, as well as less-prominent composers who contributed important works to the keyboard repertoire or made important advances in musical genres.

MON 1830-2020

Dr. Karl Lo


Current Topics in World Music

This course introduces students to musical traditions around the world through a critical examination of selected current issues and topics. Course materials are designed to look at the world's musical performances comparatively against changing social and cultural contexts. Students will also develop skills in the field of ethnomusicology through an ethnographic project.

TUE 1830-2020

Dr. Andre Elias

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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)

The Department reserves the right to decline applications received after the admission quota is full.

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