m Master of Arts in Music | HKBU Department of Music


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

Prof. David Y S Chung

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 2021-2022

Full-time local student

HK$96,600 per academic year (TBC)

Part-time local student

HK$48,300 per academic year (TBC)

Full-time non local student

HK$105,800 per academic year (TBC)

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 and Culture

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 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 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.

2021-2022 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.

To be confirmed


Music and Culture

This course explores various aspects of music as performance, representation, and/or intangible cultural heritage in contemporary societies. Not only does it inquire into relationships such as those between music and media, music and ritual, music and politics, music and identity, and music and popular culture, it also introduces theories that would enrich such inquiries. Students are thus able to acquire skills and knowledge for teaching and researching contemporary topics of music in Hong Kong and beyond.


Choral Pedagogy (TBC)

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.


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.


Studies in Piano Literature

A survey course for Piano Majors. Five centuries of piano literature, including the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionism, and Twentieth century. Course content includes stylistic differences in representative piano works of primary composers, analysis of forms, genres, style, and the philosophical and sociological factors that motivate composers of piano music. Weekly performance analysis of core repertoire as stated in the schedule.


Special Topic in Music I: Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries

This course examines and explores the core principles that underpin Entrepreneurship in the Creative Industries. It is concerned with consumerism, and how the Creative Industries leverage intellectual property to create revenue through new and existing ideas. Further, it will provide students the opportunity to design, develop and test their own creative ideas in a peer reviewed setting, and the importance of sourcing external funding to support creative ventures.


Special Topic in Music II: The Art and Science of Music, Healing, and Wellbeing

Over the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in research literature concerning the potential power of music to effect healing changes and support wellbeing across a wide array of cultural and clinical contexts. This literature comes from many disciplines within music and the arts, the humanities, as well as the social, health, and medical sciences. Simultaneously there has been an even greater interest from the public in music・s potential to help people improve their lives by making them happy, lowering their stress or anxiety, bringing them peace of mind, experiencing desired emotional states, improving their sleep, nurturing their creative capacity, improving their wellbeing, and even facilitating healing. This course engages this vast and rich terrain through the two lenses of art and science. Thus, the course will engage both the research and practice of musical healing and wellbeing from a holistic perspective with the central goal of enriching the knowledge, experience, and practical skills of students relative to course・s core content.


Special Topic in Music III: The Art of Live Performance

This course explores live performance as an art form from diverse interconnected perspectives. Taking the student・s performances of their chosen repertoire as a point of departure the course aims to further their comprehension of the elements involved in a successful live performance. The students will develop a critical understanding of performance preparation, psychology of performance and stage fright, performance ethics, expressiveness, performance beyond the mind-body dualism, etc.

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.

To be confirmed


Conducting Practicum (TBC)

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.


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 to 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.


Advanced Studies in Chinese Music (TBC)

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.


Issues in the Study of Popular Music: Rock Music in Global Perspective

This course will survey the stylistic development of rock music from its beginnings to the present. It will also study the music and musicians who have created rock's history and the social, political and cultural forces that have been at work in that history with regard to how these have influenced the sound of rock music. The course will include an introduction to the academic study of popular music, and will also emphasise critical listening and musical analysis in order to determine the sonic qualities that differentiate various sub-genres of rock music and their social meanings.


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.


Special Topic in Music I: Classical Style and Performance



Special Topics in Music III: Creativity and Performers (TBC)

Some may argue that even accountants are more creative than performers, who are, after all, trained to religiously follow what is set in stone on the score by the composer. What role does creativity play in the context of a performance, from interpreting to programming, marketing to delivering? And what role does it play in the life of a performer, and in today・s society at large? This is not a theory-based course about studying the known models of creativity but a practical one about exploring and embracing what is yet-to-be-known through hands-on and real-life projects.

*to be offered in the 2022 summer.

Remarks: The offering of courses are subject to change when necessary. The Music Department reserves the right to cancel or change the offering of course(s).

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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) in TOEFL.

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 2021-2022 M.A. in Music: 16 Nov 2020 - 7 Jun 2021

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

  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) 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.

Contact Us

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Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.


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