Established in 1965, the Music Department of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was the first degree-granting music institution in Hong Kong. Its graduates, widely recognized for the excellence of their training, have gone on to assume leadership roles in the field of music both regionally and internationally. The Department is committed to maintaining the high quality of its graduating students not only through rigorous instruction in both Western and Chinese musical traditions but also by equipping them with the critical skills and acumen they will need to succeed in an increasingly globalized society. The Department believes that the best undergraduate music education consists of a well-chosen balance between a performing-oriented approach and the scholarly study of music.
Undergradute student profiles
Research degree programmes
Research Postgraduate Degree Programmes in Music at the CUHK are prided with the longest history and also the largest intake of research postgraduates in Hong Kong. The Department offers MMus and DMus degree programmes in Composition and research master’s and doctoral (MPhil and PhD) degree programmes in three different areas: Historical Musicology, Music Theory and Ethnomusicology. Research in Historical Musicology and Theory focuses mainly on Western Music and related cultural issues. Ethnomusicology research has its emphasis on Chinese Music and other non-Western music cultures.
The self-financed two-year Part-time Master of Arts Programme in
Music was introduced in the academic year of 2004-2005 and offers
rigorous academic instruction in both Western and non-Western musical
traditions, as well as practical studies. Taking a renewed
understanding of musical cultures as the point of departure for anyone
seeking to further their interest in music at a postgraduate level, the
Programme addresses the needs not only of those who currently work in
the music field but also music lovers from other professions who have a
strong musical background.