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The curriculum structure includes 3 categories:

1. Stream-Specific Courses

The Stream-Specific Courses focus on developing high level technical skills and knowledge in the chosen area. Performance Skills I/II and Advanced Performance I/II provide the student with a strong foundation in technical skills relating to their selected musical instrument as well as knowledge of related repertoire. Thereafter, the Principal Study courses guide the student to prepare them for their Final Year Project recital.
Students in the Performance stream must select the following related Major Required(MR) courses:

Title                                                                          Units                Level           

Performance Skills I


1 1

Performance Skills II


1 1

Advanced Performance Skills I


3 2

Advanced Performance Skills II


3 2

Principal Study I: Performance

艺术基础入门I: 表演 

3 3

Principal Study II: Performance 

艺术基础入门II: 表演

3 3

Principal Study III: Performance

艺术基础入门III: 表演

3 4
Total  17

2. Ensemble Courses

Students have many opportunities to join various Music Ensembles and to gain important experience of working and performing with other musicians. For Ensemble A: I/II and Ensemble B: I/II: Students select from a range of available ensembles, including Orchestra, Choir and Chamber Music Ensemble.

Major Requited (MR) Core Courses: Ensemble

The Ensembles available in the opening year are as follows:

a) Symphony Orchestra


c)Chamber Music Ensemble

d)Chinese Music Ensemble

*In Years 3 and 4 the student must register for 2 Ensembles (Ensemble A and B) in which the related history and repertoire is studied and the end-of-semester performance is assessed.

Title                                                                         Units             Level                

Ensemble A:

I合奏A: I

1 3

Ensemble A: II

合奏A: II

1 3

Ensemble B: I

合奏B: I

1 3

Ensemble B: II

合奏B: II

1 3
Total  4

3. Music theory and history relate courses 

The music courses found in music schools around the world are related to music theory, musicology, music analysis and music history, providing the musicians with a strong foundation of technical and theoretical skills.

Major Required (MR) Core Courses: Music Theory Related Courses

Title                                                                                     Units          Level        

Music Theory and Ear Training I


3 1

Music Theory and Ear Training II


3 1

Form and Style


3 3

Chromatic and Post-Tonal Techniques


3 3
Total  12

In the first year, students study 2 semesters of ‘Music Theory and Ear Training’, covering core concepts and skills essential for studying music in more depth later. ‘Form and Style’ and ‘Chromatic and Post-tonal Techniques’ examine musical works in detail, not only nalysing selected works but also applying musical techniques to complete short composition projects. 

Major Required (MR) Core Courses: Music History Related Courses

Title                                                                                   Units          Level         

History of Western Music 1600-1800

西方音乐史: 1600-1800

3 3

History of Western Music 1800-1945

西方音乐史: 1800-1945

3 3

Contemporary Music


3 4
Total  9

In these courses students explore critical perspectives on the relationships between music and broader social and cultural contexts. These courses require close-reading of selected texts, research techniques and the submission of essays. 

Apart from above, students are required to complete related units of Major Elective Course, General Education course and Free Elective Course. 

Major Elective (ME) Course 

A distinctive feature of the proposed MUS programme is that the Major Elective (ME) Courses can be broadly placed within 5 categories:

a) Film Music

b)Music Technology

c) Pop-music

d)Ethnomusicology (with special focus on Chinese music)

e)Music Education

This means that a student who has particular interest in pursuing a career related to one or more of these areas have the opportunity to study several courses in the field. With regard to the Film Music and Music Technology electives, the course syllabi are designed with a view to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations with students from related programmes such as CTV and MAD. 

General Education Course (GE)

All students must complete 48 units of General Education (GE) courses to fulfill the graduation requirements. 

GE courses type  Units
General Education Core Courses 32
General Education Distribution Courses 12
Whole Person Education Experiential Learning Modules 4
Total  48

Free Elective Courses (FE)

Free Electives, in combination with the discipline-based knowledge and skills, contribute to a unique student learning experience with flexibility and diversity.  

English enhancement course 

Students from Music Performance programme have more opportunities to enhance their English, some of them are required to take part in an English Enhancement Program to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. 

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