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

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, Recital Hall, Y. C. Cheng Lecture Theatre, University Chapel, Academic Community Hall

HKBU Performing Ensembles
  • University Choral Union
  • University Chamber Choir (Cantoria Hong Kong)
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • University Chamber Orchestra (Collegium Musicum Hong Kong)
  • Other various studio ensembles and chamber music groups
2022-2023 Admission
How to apply

1. For Applicants with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results:

The Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS)  is the main route of admission for students with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) results. Students applying via the JUPAS route will submit their application via the  JUPAS website  according to the stated application deadline. Please note that the Department of Music will only consider applicants who placed JS 2060 as one of their Band A programme choices.



2. For Applicants with International Qualifications and/or Post-Secondary Backgrounds:

The Direct Admissions Scheme (Non-JUPAS) is the main route of admission for applicants including:

  • Local and Non-Local Applicants with non-HKDSE exam results, such as the  A-level exam  or  The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma;
  • Local and Non-Local Applicants with post-secondary education backgrounds, such as:
    i. Students or graduates of a full-time Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma programme at a local or non-local institution;
    ii. Students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor・s degree or higher degree programme at a local or non-local university; or
    iii. Holders of a Bachelor・s Degree or Postgraduate Degree(s).

Please take note of the University Entrance Requirements for applicants with international qualifications (http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/en/international.html).

Students applying via the Non-JUPAS route will submit their application via The Direct Admissions Scheme website by the stated application deadline.



3. For Mainland Applicants applying via the Mainland JEE Scheme:

Students applying via Mainland JEE can find more information about the admissions process and relevant deadlines at https://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/en/mainland-jee.html


For more information, please visit:
https://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/en/





University Requirements

For Hong Kong students taking the HKDSE for admission via JUPAS in 2022, the university entry requirements are:

HKDSE Core Subject(s)

Minimum Level

Chinese Language

3

English Language

3

Liberal Studies

2

Mathematics Compulsory Part

2

Elective Subject(s)*

Minimum Level

Any 2 Subjects

3

*This programme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as an unspecified elective subject.


Departmental Entry Requirements

All applicants must have attained a good result in  Grade 8 ABRSM practical grade / performance grade or its equivalent (i.e. for Chinese Instruments), and at least a passing result in Grade 5 in ABRSM Theory (or its equivalent), and/or show other evidence of distinction in music.




Additional Application Requirements for BA Music (Hons.):

All JUPAS applicants who selected JS 2060 as one of their programme choices in Band A, all non-JUPAS applicants, and all Mainland JEE applicants who meet the University・s and the Department・s minimum entry requirements will need to submit additional materials specific to the BA Music (Hons.) programme. Applicants will first submit a Prescreening Portfolio, and selected applicants will be invited to attend an On-Campus Audition. Please note that all arrangements are subject to change, depending on the current health and safety regulations in Hong Kong.


(1) Prescreening Portfolio

The Prescreening Portfolio includes:

  • A one-minute self-introduction video in English;
  • A three-minute audition video that showcases the applicant・s highest technical level on their major instrument or voice; and
  • Additional evidence of the applicant・s musical accomplishments (e.g. research, writing, compositions, etc.)

Applicants will be notified of the submission procedures and deadline by email at a later stage.


(2) On-Campus Audition

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an on-campus audition, which will include:

  • A live audition, where applicants will perform two contrasting pieces that showcase their highest technical level;
  • An aptitude test that assesses the applicant・s abilities in music theory, analysis, counterpoint, and musicianship; and
  • A brief interview with the selection panel.

Important Dates:

JUPAS Applicants

Submission of Prescreening Portfolio

By 31 March 2022 (Thursday)

On-Campus Audition for Selected Applicants

11-12, 18-19 June 2022 (Saturday, Sunday)

Non-JUPAS Applicants (Non-Local, Non-Mainland)

Early Round - Submission of Prescreening Portfolio

By 31 December 2021 (Friday)

Main Round - Submission of Prescreening Portfolio

By 15 February 2022 (Tuesday)

On-Campus Audition for Selected Applicants

2-3, 9-10 April 2022 (Saturday, Sunday)

Non-JUPAS Applicants (Local, Mainland)

On-Campus Audition for Selected Applicants

22-23 January 2022 (Saturday, Sunday)

Submission of Prescreening Portfolio

By 4 February 2022 (Friday)

On-Campus Audition for Selected Applicants

2-3, 9-10 April 2022 (Saturday, Sunday)

11-12, 18-19 June 2022 (Saturday, Sunday)

JEE Applicants

On-Campus Audition for Selected Applicants

11-12, 18-19 June 2022 (Saturday, Sunday)

Remarks:

1) Online Interview / Audition may be arranged for applicants who are not residing in Hong Kong.

2) The term “Applicants” refer to JUPAS applicants who selected JS 2060 as one of their programme choices in Band A, non-JUPAS applicants, and Mainland JEE applicants who meet the University’s and the Department’s minimum entry requirements.


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


CURRICULUM STRUCTURE AND TOTAL NUMBER OF UNITS FOR GRADUATION (2018-19 intake)

Major Required Courses

Core Courses (54 units)

75 units

Concentration Courses (21 units)

General Education Courses

Core Requirements

31 units

Distribution Requirements

Electives

22 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)
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 (3 units)
  • Service Leadership and Community Engagement in Music
  • Explorations in Creative Composition I, II (1 units each)
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Female and LGBTQ artists in Music, Arts, and Society
  • Health and Wellbeing Through Exercise, Nutrition and Music-Mind-Body Dynamics
  • History and Analysis of Game Scoring
  • Legal Perspectives in the Creative Arts
  • Listening to the Twentieth Century
  • Music Design and Programming for Video Games
  • Music, Healing, Health, and Wellbeing in World Cultures
  • Music, Science & Technology
  • Music, the Mind, and Meditation for Wellbeing
  • Sight and Sound: Great Film Music Collaborations
  • Sounds from Earth: Music in a Globalised World
  • The Past and Present of Music Theatre: from Opera to Broadway

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 2018-19
  • The Hong Kong Children's Choir Music Scholarship
  • Ir Dr Tsang Chi Wing Alex & Ms Chan Wai Fong Doris Scholarship
  • Ho Oi Ling Scholarship

People
B.A. programme Coordinator Dr Lam, Tsz Kwan George      
Course Instructor Course Code Course
   Semester 1 (2021/22)
Prof Chung, David Y S   MUSI 1008/2008/3008/4008 Applied Music I/III/V/VII
  MUSI 3038 Applied Music for Performance Major II
  MUSI 3048 Performance Seminar II
  MUSI 3058 Style and Performance I
  MUSI 4016 Principles of Pedagogy
  MUSI 4038 Applied Music for Performance Major IV
  MUSI 4048 Performance Seminar IV
Prof Ho, Wai Chung   MUSI 3035 School Music Education: Hong Kong and Beyond I
  GCAP 3137 GE Capstone Interdisciplinary Independent Study on Music and Culture in the Community
Prof Keyes, Christopher J   MUSI 2006 Compositional Techniques of the 20th Century and Beyond
  MUSI 2016 Music Technology I
  MUSI 2046 Electro-Acoustic Music I
Prof Winzenburg, John  MUSI 4017 Conducting III
Prof Yang, Helan H L   GTCU 2026 Hearing Hong Kong's Past and Present through Cantopop
  MUSI 1007 Western Music History I
Dr Alonso Trillo, Roberto  MUSI 2005/3005/4007 Chamber Music I/III/V - Contemporary Music Workshop
Dr Birman, Eugene Alexander   MUSI 1035 Explorations in Creative Composition I
  MUSI 2025 Form & Analysis II
Dr Chan, Kawai   MUSI 1005 Musicianship I
  MUSI 2015 Musicianship III
Dr Chang, Hok Yan   MUSI 1025 Chinese Music I
Mr Choi, Ho Man   MUSI 2047 Conducting I
Dr Dimou, Stylianos   GTCU 2035 Music Technology I
  MUSI 3025 Composition II
Dr Elias, Andre J P   GTCU 2035 Introduction to the Study of World Music
  MUSI 3045 Comparative Studies of Asian and Western Music
Dr Enns, Mack   MUSI 3105 History and Analysis of Game Scoring
Dr Han, Yonnie   MUSI 4026 Special Topics in Music II
Dr Kallionpaa, Maria Elina   MUSI 3107 The Past and Present of Music Theatre: from Opera to Broadway
  MUSI 3046 Western Music History Topic I
Dr Koen, Benjamin D.   MUSI 3106 Health and Wellbeing Through Exercise, Nutrition and Music-Mind-Body Dynamics
Dr Lam, Tsz Kwan George   MUSI1005 Musicianship I
  MUSI1006 Theory and Structure of Music I
Dr Mendez, Camilo  MUSI 3215 Music, Science and Technology
 MUSI 3126 Sounds from Earth: Music in a Globalised World
 MUSI 4025 Special Topics in Music I
Dr Talbot, George   MUSI 3016 Orchestration I
  MUSI 3055 Form & Analysis II
Dr Tsang, Edmond   GTCU2026 Hearing Hong Kong's Past and Present through Cantopop
Mr LAM Yee Lok Enoch   GTCU 2026 Hearing Hong Kong's Past and Present through Cantopop
   
    Semester 2 (2021/22)
Prof Chung, David Y S   MUSI1009/2009/3009/4009 Applied Music II/IV/VI/VIII
  MUSI2037/4049 Performance Seminar I/V
  MUSI2036/3039/4039 Applied Music for Performance Major I/III/V
  MUSI3046 Western Music History Topic I
  MUSI3049 Performance Seminar III
  MUSI3059 Style and Performance II
  MUSI4039 Applied Music for Performance Major V
Prof Ho, Wai Chung   MUSI2045 Introduction to Music Education
  MUSI4006 School Music Education: Hong Kong and Beyond II
Prof Keyes, Christopher J   MUSI 2035 Music Technology II
  MUSI3026 Electro-Acoustic Music II
Prof Winzenburg, John   MUSI3027 Conducting II
Prof Yang, Helan H L   GCAP3097 Evening Song: Music for the Elderly
  MUSI1017 Western Music History II
Dr Alonso Trillo, Roberto   MUSIMUSI2017/3006/4015 Chamber Music II/IV/VI - Contemporary Music Workshop
  MUSI4027 Special Topics in Music III
Dr Birman, Eugene Alexander   MUSI1036 Explorations in Creative Composition II
  MUSI4025 Special Topics in Music I
Dr Chan, Kawai   MUSI1015 Musicianship II
Dr Chang, Hok Yan   MUSI1026 Chinese Music II
Mr Choi, Ho Man   MUSI3027 Conducting II
Dr Elias, Andre J P.   GTCU2035 Introduction to the Study of World Music
Dr Enns, Mack   MUSI3097 Music Design and Programming for Video Games
Dr Han, Yonnie   MUSI4026 Special Topics in Music II
Dr Kallionpaa, Maria Elina   MUSI1045 Introduction to Film Music
  MUSI2027 Composition I
  MUSI3115 Female and LGBTQ artists in Music, Arts and Society
Dr Koen, Benjamin D.   GCAP3105 Meditation and Music for Wellbeing and Goal Achievement
  MUSI3117 Music, the Mind and Meditation for Wellbeing
Dr Lam, Tsz Kwan George   MUSI1015 Musicianship II
  MUSI1016 Theory and Structure of Music II
Dr Mendez, Camilo   MUSI3047 Western Music History Topic II
  MUSI4005 Composition III
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