Department of Music

the university of hong kong

Course Selection 2018/19

All courses carry 6 credits unless otherwise specified

First Semester Courses

  • MUSI1004 Introduction to musics of the world
  • MUSI1023 Materials and structures of music
  • MUSI2010 Music of China
  • MUSI2015 Popular music
  • MUSI2026 Fundamentals of music composition
  • MUSI2067 Introduction to electroacoustic music
  • MUSI2070 Fundamentals of tonal music
  • MUSI2081 Music in Western culture I
  • MUSI3034 The qin [capstone experience]
  • MUSI3038 Methodological perspectives in music I (Late Beethoven)

Second Semester Courses

  • MUSI1025 The art of listening
  • MUSI2054 The piano
  • MUSI2074 Introduction to contrapuntal styles and techniques
  • MUSI2076 Instrumentation and orchestration I
  • MUSI2077 Music and culture:?an overseas field trip
  • MUSI2080 Music analysis I
  • MUSI2082 Music in Western culture II
  • MUSI3023 Composing for the concert world
  • MUSI3029 Music and scientific thoughts:?past and present [capstone experience]
  • MUSI3036 Chromaticism and post-tonal techniques

Year Courses

  • MUSI1018 Advanced music performance 1
  • MUSI1022 Performance study 1
  • MUSI2047 Advanced music performance 2
  • MUSI2066 Performance study 2
  • MUSI2068 University gamelan
  • MUSI2079 Introduction to arts administration
  • MUSI3019 Advanced music performance 3
  • MUSI3021 Performance study 3
  • MUSI3031 Special study [capstone experience]
  • MUSI3032 Special performance study [capstone experience]
  • MUSI4001 Performance study 4
  • MUSI4002 Advanced music performance 4 [capstone experience]
  • MUSI4003 Dissertation [capstone experience]

Common Core Courses

  • CCHU9049 Reinventing Classical Music (second semester)
  • CCHU9065 A Life Worth Living (second semester)
  • CCHU9072 Staging the Voice: Opera Today (second semester CANCELLED)

MUSI1018/2047/3019/4002 Advanced music performance 1/2/3/4

Admission to these four courses is by audition. First-year students should enrol in MUSI1018, second-year students in MUSI2047, third-year students in MUSI3019, and fourth-year students in MUSI4002. Please sign up for an audition time via email to [email protected] or in person by 1:00pm, 30 August 2018 at the latest. Details of the audition are:

  • Date: 31 August 2018
    Time: 10:00am-5:00pm?
    Venue: LG1.22, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

For the audition, please prepare five minutes of music consisting of two contrasting excerpts.

The results of the audition will be announced via email by 1:00pm on 3 September 2018. If you are admitted to the course, you can enrol in MUSI1018/2047/3019/4002 online within the add-drop period in September 2018.

For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Jackie Petitto at [email protected].

MUSI1022/2066/3021/4001 Performance study 1/2/3/4?
MUSI3032 Special performance study

Students taking these courses have to enrol in EITHER two ensembles OR one workshop and one ensemble offered by the Music Department over two semesters. Ensembles include the HKU Chamber Singers, HKU Gamelan, HKU Percussion Ensemble, and HKU Early Music Ensemble. Performance workshops include EITHER Vocal Workshop OR any instrument of the student's choice, as approved by the Music Department. Please note that students enrolling in the HKU Chamber Singers must also enrol in the Vocal Workshop, or vice versa, unless allowed by the Department to take another ensemble/workshop instead. Final grades will be determined by combining the result of each ensemble/workshop in which the student is enrolled. Only students who have completed at least one of MUSI1022, MUSI2066, or MUSI3021 can enrol in MUSI3032, which may be taken to fulfil the capstone requirement.

Ensembles and performance workshops available in 2018/19

  • Ensembles
    HKU Chamber Singers (admission by audition)
    HKU Gamelan (consent of instructor required)
    HKU Percussion Ensemble (consent of instructor required)
    HKU Early Music Ensemble (admission by audition)
  • Workshops
    Vocal Workshop (must also enrol in HKU Chamber Singers unless allowed by the Department to take another ensemble/workshop instead)
    Percussion Workshop (consent of instructor required)
    Instrument Workshop (instrument of your own choice, consent of Department required)


Students are required to complete a form indicating their preferred ensemble/workshop and return it to the Music Office before 1:00pm, 4 September 2018. First-year students should enrol in MUSI1022, second-year students in MUSI2066, third-year students in MUSI3021, and fourth-year students in MUSI4001. Students wishing to take MUSI3032 and who have fulfilled the above prerequisite must also sign up for an appointment with Dr. Deborah Waugh at the Music Office by 1:00pm, 4 September 2018. Note that the meeting times of these ensembles/workshops ARE NOT SHOWN in HKU's SIS (Student Information System). Thus, you can only enrol online in MUSI1022/2066/3021/3032/4001 within the add-drop period in September 2018 AFTER your admission to the ensemble(s)/workshop(s) is confirmed by the Music Department. Please refer to the form for ensemble and Vocal Worhshop rehearsal times. Instrument and Percussion Workshop lesson time will be negotiated directly with the students.

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A. Ensembles and Auditions

Students who would like to be admitted to an ensemble must either attend an audition or seek the consent of the instructor concerned. For the audition, please sign up for a time slot at the Music Office by 1:00pm, 4 September 2018 at the latest. Audition results will be posted on the Department notice board outside the Music Office on the day following the audition.

1. HKU Chamber Singers

The chamber choir conducted by Caleb Woo performs high quality repertoire from the Renaissance to the modern era and from sacred music to jazz. The course covers a wide range of topics, including choral techniques, ensembleship, performance practice, and score analysis. Students are required to attend weekly rehearsals and perform music from memory. Regular performances will be arranged accordingly.

Details of the audition are:

  • Audition Date: 7 September 2018?
    Time: 2:30-5:20pm
    Venue: LG1.22, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

For the audition, students should prepare César Franck's Panis Angelicus, note that there are two versions, one for high voice, the other for low/medium. Priority will be given to students with ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent in voice or any instrument.

For further enquiries, please contact Caleb Woo at [email protected].

2. HKU Gamelan

The HKU Gamelan performs both traditional and contemporary works for Balinese gamelan gong kebyar. The ensemble also has access to a Central Javanese gamelan on loan from the Indonesian Consulate. Frequently collaborating with composers and other instrumentalists, the gamelan has weekly rehearsals and performs on a regular basis.

Please attend the first meeting of the ensemble, as follows:

  • Meeting Date: 6 September 2018?
    Time: 4:30-5:20pm
    Venue: LG1.22, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Deborah Waugh at [email protected].

3. HKU Percussion Ensemble

The HKU Percussion Ensemble focuses on a wide range of repertoire and musical styles, including traditional and contemporary works, non-Western music, and improvisation. The ensemble meets on a weekly basis and performs regularly on campus and at outside venues. Students should have some proficiency playing percussion.

Please attend the first meeting of the ensemble, as follows:

  • Meeting Date: 7 September 2018?
    Time: 10:30am-12:20pm
    Venue: LG1.22, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Deborah Waugh at [email protected].

4. HKU Early Music Ensemble

The HKU Early Music Ensemble performs repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Students will explore the techniques, performance practices, and interpretation of the music through weekly rehearsals and public performances. The HKU Early Music ensemble is offered every other academic year and will next be offered in 2018/19. Please prepare two contrasting excerpts from the Baroque era for the five-minute audition.

Details of the audition are:

  • Audition Date: 4 September 2018?
    Time: 3:30-5:20pm
    Venue: LG1.23, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Shane Levesque at [email protected]

B. Workshops

Each workshop comprises 20 sessions conducted over two semesters (10 sessions per semester). Assessment will be based on a student’s progress throughout the year as well as a practical examination held at the end of the second semester. Your admission to a particular workshop will be confirmed via email from the Music Office by 12 September 2018 at the latest.

Students taking these workshops are required to pay a tuition fee. When your admission is confirmed, please pay the tuition fee and submit the original bank pay-in slip to the Music Office for confirmation.

Please note that all first-year students as well as music majors and music minors in years 2, 3, and 4 may apply for the Brilliant Shine Bursary at the end of the course to get their workshop fees reimbursed, as long as they meet certain criteria. More details about the bursary and criteria may be found here.

1. Vocal Workshop

This course aims to enhance students' vocal techniques and performing abilities. By studying solo arias under renowned vocal masters, the course covers topics such as voice production, diction, style, and interpretation. Songs of various European languages will be used, including Latin, Italian, German, and French.

For further enquiries, please contact Kenix Tsang at [email protected].

2. Percussion Workshop

This course offers individual or group lessons on percussion instruments and is open to both beginners and advanced players. Attention will be given to the development of students' musicianship, technique, and rhythmic sensibility, as well as expanding their repertoire and sense of sound.

For further enquiries, please contact Dr. Deborah Waugh at [email protected].

3. Instrument Workshop

This course offers instruction in an instrument of the student's choice.

For further enquiries about MUSI1022/2066/3021/3032/4001, please contact Dr. Deborah Waugh at [email protected].

Useful Links

Undergraduate Course Selection 2018/19

For information about undergraduate courses offered in 2018/19, as well as audition and selection requirements for performance courses, please visit the page Course Selection 2018/19. Please also visit the page Brilliant Shine Bursary, which details the information about a new initiative to cover the cost of music performance lessons for students taking Instrument Workshop, Vocal Workshop or Percussion Workshop under MUSI1022/2066/3021/4001 Performance study 1/2/3/4 or MUSI3032 Special performance study.