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What will I learn?

Our BA programme in Music is designed to enable you to develop niche music knowledge, learn and grow intellectually and socially in a tertiary setting. The curriculum encourages development of creativity and critical thinking through the performance of Western and non-Western instruments as well as the study of music from analytical, historical, and ethnomusicological perspectives. Composition and music information technology also complement these areas of study.

Desired Learning Outcomes

Creating opportunities for students to explore different kinds of music is one of the fundamental strengths of the CUHK Music Department. On completion of the programme, the student is able to:

  • Possess fundamental, core and interdisciplinary knowledge of music, including music theory, contextual study of music, performance on a major instrument and multiple musical traditions.
  • Acquire transferable and professional skills including (i) ability to work independently and in groups, (ii) express themselves about music in written and spoken English and Chinese, (iii) think creatively and critically, (iv) make evidence-based critical judgements about musical performance, composition, and musical culture, and (v) perform at an appropriate professional level on their major instrument.
  • Develop an open-minded toward different modes of musical expression, passion for communicating through music, awareness of and appreciation for the significance of music within all societies.

For the final-year capstone projects, the Department provides students with a choice of four areas of concentration, namely Composition, Performance, Pedagogy and Research.

THE FOUR STREAMS

Students are required to declare, at the end of year 2, one of the four areas of concentration, namely Composition, Pedagogy, Performance, and Research.

Composition

The composition stream provides students with a solid foundation on the techniques of instrumentation and orchestration, and enables them to acquire the creative and theoretical tools necessary toward developing a unique personal voice in their music.

Pedagogy Stream

The pedagogy stream provides students with opportunities to explore the world of music education.

Performance Stream

The performance stream provides training for students to develop their performing skills in the context of comprehensive music study.

Research Stream

The research stream provides training for students in the in the fields of music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, or Chinese music.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,72,978) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained SAT Reasoning Test; and preferably with 2 SAT Subject Tests/ 2 Advanced Placement (AP) Tests. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.GCSE/IGCSE/GCE-OL.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, you possess any of the following qualifications:

1. GCE-AL/International-AL/IB/Other high school qualifications

  • GCE-AL/International-AL: 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting (All grades must be obtained from examinations taken within a twelve-month period.)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests/ AP Tests in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD/ BC diploma in Canada, GSAT/AST in Taiwan, AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC in India, SMA in Indonesia, etc.)

2. Post-secondary qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

3. Mature Applicants

  • Mature persons aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • Other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE: Level 3 or HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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