The School of Music provides comprehensive and performance-focused training for students to become professional performers, composers and teachers of music. Hong Kong has seen a rapid and continued expansion of the performing arts scene in recent years, with a corresponding increase in job opportunities. The School of Music offers an ideal training environment which prepares the students for the demands likely to be placed on them when they enter the music profession.
Courses in Chinese and Western music run side-by-side. Students may choose to major in a Chinese instrument, a western instrument, voice, or composition and electronic music.
Academy music graduates can be found in many areas of the music profession, both in Hong Kong and abroad. Many have taken up positions in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and the Music Office. Others work as freelance musicians, accompanists, teachers, composers, studio recording technicians, and arts administrators.
- Double Bass
- Classical Guitar
- Bass Trombone
- Timpani and Orchestral Percussion
- Electronic Music
- Bass Gehu *
- Xiao **
- Guan *
- Chinese Percussion
- Conducting for Chinese Orchestras **
* Only available for Undergraduate and Post-Secondary Programmes
** Only available for Master's Degree Programmes
Many Degree and Advanced Diploma graduates have gained scholarships to study abroad at postgraduate level at major conservatories overseas.
Tel: +852 2584 8500
Fax: +852 2827 5823
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School of Music
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
1, Gloucester Road,
Dean of Music
Email: Send Email
Tel: +852 2584 8584
Fax: +852 2827 5823
I am honoured to return to Hong Kong after nearly twenty years back in London musical life to continue the work that Anthony Camden has done as Dean of the School of Music. The Academy has achieved a fine reputation for its excellent training of young musicians, right through from the Junior School Music programme to leading professional lives as performers, composers and teachers after graduating from the tertiary full-time programmes. Many of our students have won international competitions and our Academy Orchestra, Chinese Music ensembles and vocal students have given regular performances overseas to critical acclaim.
We offer performance-focused studies in both Western and Chinese Music, the Department of Composition & Electronic Music encourages students to explore a blend of the two cultures in their creative work and I intend to see the School of Music flourishing in its situation between Eastern culture and Western influence. As well as having highly skilled and experienced musicians on our full-time teaching staff, we are most fortunate in being placed on the crossroads between Europe, America, Australia, and Mainland China, and have built good long-term connections with the many great artists who visit the Academy to work with our students on their travels around the globe.
The facilities at the Academy are first-rate in terms of performance venues, and the uniqueness of the Academy with its five Schools under one roof, has enabled the School of Music to benefit from a close co-operation with the other Schools of Drama, Dance, Technical Arts and Film & Television, in opera productions, musicals and audio-visual recordings. Our students have a greater chance of enjoying a regular experience of performing than is usual in most music conservatories, and the international mix of our students íV from Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Europe, USA and UK íV offers a stimulating and varied cultural environment for learning. We hope you are encouraged by visiting the Academy's website to come and hear our students perform in person. You will be most welcome.