Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music
Our BA Course offers intensive musical training in a liberal arts university context.
Important Notice: BA(Hons.) in Music does NOT use Broad-based Admissions
Please note that the BA(Hons.) in Music is NOT a part of broad-based admissions to the Faculty of Arts. Students who wish to study the BA(Hons.) in Music will continue to apply directly via JUPAS or non-JUPAS channels for admission to the degree program in Year 1. It is not possible for students admitted through broad-based admissions to choose the BA (Hons.) in Music at the end of Year 1.

For further information, please contact us or the Academic Registry.
About Our Programme
Concentrations
  • Composition / Music Production
  • Performance / Pedagogy
  • Directed Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music Education: BA(Hons.) in Music + Diploma in Education

Facilities
  • Keyboard instruments: 27 grand pianos (incl. Steinway, Boesendorfer) 25 upright pianos, 2 harpsichords, 3 organs
  • Harp, African drums, Balinese gamelan, and an extensive collection of percussion instruments
  • Electro-Acoustic Music Centre: a professional standard 3-room recording studio with state of the art equipment and computer software
  • Laboratory for Immersive Arts and Technology (LIATe): a UGC funded, joint university facility for trans-disciplinary research and creative projects in immersive, 3D audio and multi-screen video
  • Performing venues: Au Shue Hung Rehearsal Hall, Y. C. Cheng Lecture Theatre, Univesity Chapel, Academic Community Hall

HKBU Performing Ensembles
  • University Choir
  • University Chamber Choir (Cantoria Hong Kong)
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • University Chamber Orchestra (Collegium Musicum Hong Kong)
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Other various chamber music groups (including woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartet & piano quintet)
2018-19 Admission
Shortlisted applicants may be invited to sit for a written exam and /or audition/interview,

Schedule of written exam: 31 May 2018


**For Hong Kong students taking HKDSE for admission via JUPAS in 2018, the General Entrance Requirements are:
  • Level 3 in English Language
  • Level 3 in Chinese Language
  • Level 2 in Mathematics
  • Level 2 in Liberal Studies
  • Level 2 in one elective subject: this programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as unspecified elective subject
***Departmental Entry Requirements:
  • All applicants must have both a good result in Grade 8 ABRSM practical or its equivalent (especially for Chinese instruments) and at least Grade 5 in ABRSM Theory (or its equivalent), and/or show other evidence of distinction in music.
  • Written Examination: this exam will cover basic music theory and basic knowledge of Western music history.
  • Auditions/Interviews: Applicants invited to the audition/interview should prepare a seven-minute audition on their major instrument or voice, consisting of two pieces of contrasting styles and historical eras. Applicants who are proficient on a second instrument may be invited to perform for a few minutes after their major instrument audition. Supplemental materials, such as examples of original music compositions, are also welcome to be presented at this time.
Programme Information
PROGRAMME INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (PILOs)

After successful completion of the B.A. (Honours) in Music, students should be able to:
  • Apply musical knowledge and advanced skills in a variety of contexts;
  • Evaluate music critically from technical, historical, creative or aesthetic perspectives;
  • Integrate and synthesize original ideas in music performance, teaching, composition and/or research;
  • Demonstrate the ability to participate and/or lead in collaborative settings; and
  • Utilize current technologies in various musical settings.

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE AND TOTAL NUMBER OF UNITS FOR GRADUATION

Major Required Courses

Core Courses (54 units)

75 units

Concentration Courses (21 units)

General Education Courses

Core Requirements

38 units

Distribution Requirements

Electives

15 units

Total :

128 units



Course List

Major Required Core Courses:
  • Theory and Structure of Music I, II (3 units each)
  • Compositional Techniques of the 20th Century and Beyond (3 units)
  • Musicianship I, II, III (1 unit each)
  • Form and Analysis I (3 units)
  • Music Technology I (3 units)
  • Western Music History I, II (3 units each)
  • Chinese Music I, II (2 units each)
  • Chinese Music Topic I, II (2 units each)
  • Western Music History Topic I, II (2 units each)
  • Comparative Study of Asian and Western Music (2 units)
  • Applied Music I-VIII (1 unit each)
  • Group Instrument/ Vocal Study I-IV (1 unit each)
  • Chamber Music I-IV (1 unit each)
  • Ensemble I-VIII (1 unit each)
  • Honours Project I, II (3 units each)
  • Music Technology II (3 units)
  • Composition I (2 units) II, III (3 units each)
  • Electro-Acoustic Music I, II (3 units each)
  • Orchestration I,II (2 units each)
  • Applied Music for Performance Majors I-V (1 unit each)
  • Style and Performance I, II (3 units each)
  • Principles of Pedagogy (2 units)
  • Chamber Music V-VI (1 unit each)
  • Introduction to Music Education (3 units)
  • School Music Education: Hong Kong and Beyond I, II (3 units each)
  • Conducting I, II (3 units each)
Major Required Core Courses:
  • Music of Our Lives: Understanding and Enjoying Music Arts (3 units)
  • Jazz, Blues and Broadway (3 units)
  • Music, Society and Culture (3 units)
  • Music in the Cinema (3 units)
  • Experiencing and Exploring Music in HK (3 units)
  • Chinese Popular Music: its Cultural and Musical Meanings (3 units)
  • Music, Mind, and Human Experience (3 units)
  • Music, Science, and the Sublime (3 units)
Additional Music Electives:
  • Form and Analysis II (3 units)
  • Conducting III (3 units)
  • Musicianship IV (2 units)
  • Special Topics in Music I, II, III (2 units each)
  • Music and the Brain (3units)
  • Service Leadership and Community Engagement in Music

CAREER PROSPECTS FOR GRADUATES

The Department intends its graduates to be broad-minded musicians who are well prepared to enter careers in music and music-related fields. One measure of success in this direction is the graduate perception of career preparation, as polled by the Office of Student Affairs University-wide Survey. Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Music Programme often give the highest overall ratings of any degree programme at the University. Graduates from the BA (Hons) in Music Programme also enjoy the highest starting salaries of all Baptist University graduates as again measured by the Office of Student Affairs. Their average starting salary of HK$13,736 is 43% higher than the University average of HK$9,579. This is no doubt due to Hong Kong’s incessant desire for highly qualified music teachers. Thus, it is no surprise that roughly 70% of graduates find employment in the field of music education, including primary and secondary teaching and private music teaching either individually or with various music companies. Other graduates take employment in music-related areas in commerce, industry, and the civil service.

Scholarships in 2017/18
  • Hong Kong Baptist University Alumni Music Society Scholarship
  • Ng Ching Fai and Angeline Ng Scholarship

People
B.A. Programme Coordinator Dr. Esther H S Mang
Associate Professor
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Course Instructor Course Code Course
Semester 1
   
Prof. David Y S Chung MUSI 3058 Style and Performance I
MUSI 4016 Principles of Pedagogy
Prof. Wai-Chung Ho MUSI 3035 School Music Education: Hong Kong and Beyond I
   
Prof. Helan H L Yang GCHC1057 Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings
MUSI1007 Western Music History I
Dr. Christopher Coleman MUSI 1006 Theory and Structure of Music I
Dr. Esther H S Mang GDAR 1835 / GDSC 1835 Music, Mind, and Human Experience
MUSI3056 Music and the Brain
Dr. David F Urrows MUS 3055 Form and Analysis II
MUSI 3046 Western Music History Topic I
Dr. Andre J P Elias GDAR 1047 Jazz, Blues and Broadway
   
Dr. Matthew W Schreibeis MUSI 2006 Compositional Techniques of the 20th Century and Beyond

MUSI 3016

MUSI 3025

Orchestration I

MUSI 3016

Dr. Patrick T S Yim MUSI 4016 Principles of Pedagogy
   
Dr. Eugene A Birman MUSI 4025 Special Topics in Music I
   
Dr. Kawai Chan MUSI 1005 Musicianship I
MUSI 2015 Musicianship III
Dr. Po-Kwan Law MUSI 2047 Conducting I
Mr. Ho-Man Choi MUSI 2047 Conducting I
Dr. Robert Ellis-Geiger MUSI 2016 Music Technology I
Dr. Kim-Ho Ip MUSI 1025 Chinese Music I
Dr. Vanissa W L Law MUSI 2046 Electro-Acoustic Music I
   
Semester 2
Prof. David Y S Chung MUSI 3059 Style and Performance II
MUSI 4026 Special Topics in Music II
Prof. Wai-Chung Ho MUSI 4006 School Music Education: Hong Kong and Beyond II
   
Prof. Christopher J Keyes MUSI 2035 Music Technology II
MUSI 3026 Electro-Acoustic Music II
Prof. Helan H L Yang MUSI 1017 Western Music History II
GCHC 1057 Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings
Dr. Christopher Coleman MUSI 1016 Theory and Structure of Music II
MUSI 4005 Composition III
   
Dr. Esther H S Mang MUSI 2045 Introduction to Music Education
MUSI 3065 Service Leadership and Community Engagement in Music
Dr. David F Urrows MUSI 2027 Composition I
MUSI 3047 Western Music History Topic II
   
Dr. Andre J P Elias MUSI 3045 Comparative Studies of Asian and Western Music
MUSI 4025 Special Topics in Music I
Dr. Matthew W Schreibeis MUSI 3017 Orchestration II
   
Dr. Patrick T S Yim MUSI 4027 Special Topics in Music II
   
Dr. Eugene A Birman MUSI 2025 Form and Analysis I
   
Dr. Kawai Chan MUSI 1015 Musicianship II
MUSI 3057 Musicianship IV
Dr. Po-Kwan Law MUSI 3027 Conducting II
Mr. Ho-Man Choi MUSI 3027 Conducting II
   
Dr. Kim-Ho Ip MUSI 1026 Chinese Music II
   
Mr. Eric S H Kong GDAR 1095 Music, Society and Culture
   
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