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Master of Music
Master of Music programme aims to equip students to become professional and creative musicians as performers, conductors, and composers, who are reflective practitioners that collaborate and communicate artistic and musical insights locally and globally. Master of Music is a 60-credit postgraduate programme, primarily of two-year full- time duration of study. Students may choose to Major in performance, conducting or composition. Students who specialise in Conducting for Chinese Orchestra may apply to complete the programme in 3-4 years through part-time mode.

Master of Music

Study Mode :

Full-time / 

Part-time (for Conducting Major - Specialisation in Conducting for Chinese Orchestras)

Normal Duration :

2 years Full-time / 

3-4 years Part-time (for Conducting Major - Specialisation in Conducting for Chinese Orchestras)

Credit Requirement :


Major Study Areas :

Performance Major

Conducting Major

Composition Major


Performance Major 

The programme equips students for entry into the music profession at a high artistic level. Students gain comprehensive knowledge and experience through participation in a wide range of solo, ensemble, and orchestral performance activities. The flexible curriculum caters for individual interests, enables students to develop an area of performance specialism, and cultivates the cognitive and generic skills to meet the demands of the profession.


Western MusicPianoPiano, Collaborative Piano
StringsViolin, Viola, Cello​, Double Bass, Harp, Classical Guitar
WoodwindsFlute, Oboe, Clarinet​, Bassoon, Saxophone
BrassHorn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba 
PercussionTimpani and Orchestral Percussion
Chinese MusicBowed stringsGaohu, Banhu, Erhu
Plucked stringsYangqin, Liuqin, Pipa, Ruan, Sanxian, Zheng, Guqin
WindsDizi, Sheng, Suona
Chinese percussion


Conducting Major 

The programme provides high level training in conducting, analytical techniques, and related professional research training. Students have opportunities to conduct various ensembles and orchestras in the Academy, and gain comprehensive knowledge and experience through participation in a wide range of seminars and masterclasses. In addition to the consolidation of repertoire knowledge, the curriculum enables students to develop their critical interpretation and own conducting style.


Conducting for Western Orchestra
Conducting for Chinese Orchestra


Composition Major

The programme provides professional training in composition, analytical skills, and related research technique at an advanced level. In addition to the consolidation of technical and conceptual skills fundamental to the creative process, the curriculum provides a practical environment for students to compose in a variety of styles and contexts. Students have opportunities to work with colleagues of the other Schools at the Academy, have their works performed in public concerts, and acquire experience in concert organisation and the promotion of their own compositions.




The medium of instruction is Chinese for Performance Major (Specialisations under Chinese Music) and Conducting Major (Specialisation in Conducting for Chinese Orchestras), and English for Performance Major (Specialisations under Western Music), Conducting Major (Specialisation in Conducting for Western Orchestras) and Composition Major.


Required Courses
  • Performance Major, including a Graduation Recital and Chamber Music Concert
  • Lecture Recital
  • Concert Practice
  • Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Practice for Musicians
  • Process Writing
  • Research Methodology for Music
Performance Electives*
  • Baroque Ensemble 
  • Cantonese Ensemble 
  • Chamber Music
  • Chinese Orchestra 
  • Chinese Regional Ensemble 
  • Chinese Small Ensemble 
  • Choir 
  • Collaborative Piano^
  • Concert Band 
  • Contemporary Ensemble 
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jiangnan Silk and Bamboo Ensemble 
  • Keyboard Continuo
  • Opera Performance
  • Orchestral Internship
  • String Chamber Music Techniques 
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Vocal Ensemble
  • Wind, Brass, and Percussion Ensemble 
  • Zheng Ensemble

* Sudents may only elect to enroll in ensemble(s) that consist(s) of instrumentations that include their specialised instruments

^ not an option of performance elective for students of Collaborative Piano 

Independent Study Electives
  • Independent Study 
  • Performance Activities
Seminar Electives
  • Analysis of Modern Chinese Music
  • Analysis of Traditional Chinese Music
  • Chinese Orchestral Literature
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Music
  • Curating Performing Arts
  • Digital Music Technology in Performing Arts
  • Interpreting Music
  • Musical Borrowing and Reworkings
  • Performance Practice
  • Transcription, Notation, and Analysis of Chinese Music
  • Wellness and Performing Arts
Academy Electives

Dance Electives

  • Reading Dance 
  • Contemporary Dance in Action

Drama Electives

  • Acting I & II for Drama and Theatre Education
  • Contemporary Performance Practice
  • Devising Theatre: Theory and Practice
  • Documentary Theatre
  • Directed Study in Play Reading and Drama Theory 
  • Modern Drama Theory
  • New Script Workshop
  • Theatre and Technology 
  • Interdisciplinary Dramaturgy
  • Critical Studies in Education for Performing Arts Educators I & II

Film and TV Electives

  • Cinema Studies I & II 
  • Cinema Production Practice I

Theatre and Entertainment Arts Electives

  • Arts Facility Management
  • Creative Industries
  • Arts Management
  • The Collaborative Processes in the Performing Arts 

Electives offered by Performing Arts Research unit 

  • Contemporary Hong Kong Arts Practice
  • Decoding Performance