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)
2021 - 2022 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. JUPAS applicants should submit their application via the JUPAS website .

2. For Direct Applicants and Applicants with International Qualifications

The Direct Admissions Scheme (Non-JUPAS) admits local and non-local applicants including:

  • Local & Non-Local Applicants with other/ international exam results such as the A-level exam or The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Local & Non-Local Applicants with other post-secondary education backgrounds, such as:
    i. Current students or graduates of a full-time Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma programme at an institution in or outside Hong Kong
    ii. Transfer students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree programmes at a local or non-local university
    iii. Holders of a Bachelor’s/ Postgraduate Degree

Direct Applicants please submit your online application via The Direct Admissions Scheme (Non-JUPAS) before Application Deadline.

University Entrance Requirements for Local / Non-Local Applicants with International Qualifications:
http://admissions.hkbu.edu.hk/en/international.html.


3. Mainland JEE
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 HKDSE for admission via JUPAS in 2021, the General Entrance 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 programmeme will consider Other Language subjects at Grade E or above as unspecified elective subject.


Departmental Entry Requirements

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




Online Portfolio / Audition / Interview (For JUPAS Band A & Non-JUPAS Applicants):

JUPAS Band A & Non-JUPAS applicants who meet the minimum university and departmental entry requirements are required to submit an online portfolio; selected applicants may be invited to attend a live audition and interview. Please note that all arrangements are subject to change depending on the situation of COVID-19 as well as the health & safety regulations in Hong Kong. Applicants will be notified of the most accurate information in future communications.


(1) Online Portfolio should consist of:

  • A one-minute video introducing yourself, your goals, and your aspirations (in English).
  • A video audition of a performance on your major instrument or voice of one piece (e.g. a complete movement) of any style or from any historical period that demonstrates your musical ability.
  • Other evidence(s) of accomplishment(s), e.g. research, writing, compositions, or other talents (if applicable).

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


(2) Audition / Interview:  *UPDATED*

  • Selected applicants will be invited to submit a video of their audition performance and attend an online group interview.
  • For the audition performance, applicants should prepare a performance on their major instrument or voice consisting of two contrasting pieces (styles or historical periods).

         


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)
GE 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
  • Explorations in Creative Composition I, II (1 units each)

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 Prof. Christopher J Keyes      
Course Instructor Course Code Course
    Semester 1 (2020-2021)
Prof Chung, David Y S   MUSI 1008 Applied Music I
  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
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 Poon, Johnny M L  MUSI 1028 Music Colloquium I
Prof Yang, Helan H L  GTCU 2026 Hearing Hong Kong's Past and Present through Cantopop
Dr Alonso Trillo, Roberto  MUSI 4027 Special Topics in Music III
Dr Birman, Eugene Alexander   MUSI 1035 Explorations in Creative Composition I
  MUSI 3046 Western Music History Topic I
Dr Chan, Kawai   MUSI 1005 Musicianship I
Dr Chang, Hok Yan   MUSI 1025 Chinese Music I
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 3047 Western Music History Topic II
Dr Han, Yonnie   MUSI 4026 Special Topics in Music II
Dr Kallionpaa, Maria Elina   GDAR 1055 Music in the Cinema
Dr Lam, Tsz Kwan George   MUSI 1006 Theory and Structure of Music I
  MUSI 2015 Musicianship III
Dr Law, Po Kwan   MUSI 2047 Conducting I
Dr Mendez, Camilo  GDAR 1095 Music, Society and Culture
 MUSI 4035 Special Topics in Music IV
Dr Schreibeis, Matthew Wayne   MUSI 3016 Orchestration I
  MUSI 3025 Composition II
  MUSI 3055 Form & Analysis II
Dr Ryan, Michael J   MUSI 1007 Western Music History I
Dr Shill, Gene   MUSI 4025 Special Topics in Music I
Mr LAM Yee Lok Enoch   GTCU 2026 Hearing Hong Kong's Past and Present through Cantopop
   
    Semester 2 (2020-2021)
Prof Chung, David Y S   MUSI 2036 Applied Music for Performance Major I
  MUSI 2037 Performance Seminar I
  MUSI 3039 Applied Music for Performance Major III
  MUSI 3046 Western Music History Topic I
  MUSI 3049 Performance Seminar III
  MUSI 3059 Style and Performance II
  MUSI 4039 Applied Music for Performance Major V
  MUSI 4049 Performance Seminar V
Prof Ho, Wai Chung  GCAP 3137 GE Capstone Interdisciplinary Independent Study on Music and Culture in the Community
  MUSI 4006 School Music Education: Hong Kong and Beyond II
Prof Keyes, Christopher J   MUSI 2035 Music Technology II
  MUSI 3026 Electro-Acoustic Music II
Prof Yang, Helan H L   MUSI 1017 Western Music History II
Dr Alonso Trillo, Roberto   MUSI 4027 Special Topics in Music III
Dr Birman, Eugene Alexander   MUSI 2025 Form & Analysis I
Dr Enns, Mack   MUSI 4035 Special Topics in Music IV
Dr Han, Yonnie   GDAR 4025 Special Topics in Music I (section 1)
Dr Kallionpaa, Maria Elina   MUSI 2027 Composition I
  MUSI 3046 Western Music History Topic I
Dr Koen, Benjamin D.   GCAP 3105 Meditation for Wellbeing and Goal Achievement
  MUSI 3056 Music and the Brain
Dr Lam, Tsz Kwan George   MUSI 1016 Theory and Structure of Music II
  MUSI 3057 Musicianship IV
Dr Law, Po Kwan   MUSI 3027 Conducting II
Dr Mendez, Camilo   MUSI 3047 Western Music History Topic II
  MUSI 4005 Composition III
Dr Schreibeis, Matthew Wayne   GDAR 1055 Music in the Cinema
  MUSI 1036 Explorations in Creative Composition II
  MUSI 3017 Orchestration II
Dr Sutherland, Andrew Thomas   MUSI 2045 Introduction to Music Education
Dr Shill, Gene   GDAR 1056 Music of Our Lives: Understanding and Enjoying the Musical Arts
  MUSI 4026 Special Topics in Music II
Mr Lam, Enoch Y L   GTCU 2026 Hearing Hong Kong's Past and Present through Cantopop
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