Department of Music

the university of hong kong

Curriculum - Second, Third and Fourth Year

A major in Music shall consist of 54 credit units of Level 2000, 3000, and 4000 courses from the music syllabus taken in the third to eighth semesters. As a prerequisite, music majors and specialists must take:

  • MUSI2010 Music of China (6 credits)
  • MUSI2070 Fundamentals of tonal music (6 credits)
  • MUSI2074 Introduction to contrapuntal styles and techniques (6 credits)
  • MUSI2081 Music in Western culture I (6 credits)
  • MUSI2082 Music in Western culture II (6 credits)

In addition, all music majors and specialists must take at least 24 elective credits of Level 2000, 3000, or 4000 advanced courses, of which at least one course should be Capstone Experience course, and no more than two courses are performance courses (MUSI2047, MJSI2066, MUSI2068, MUSI3019, MUSI3021, MUSI3032, MUSI4001, and MUSI4002).

To obtain a minor in Music, students are required to take MUSI1025 The art of listening (6 credits) and at least ONE of the following two courses:

  • MUSI2081 Music in Western culture I (6 credits)
  • MUSI2082 Music in Western culture II (6 credits)

In addition, all music minors must take at least 24 elective credits of Level 2000, 3000, and 4000 courses from the music syllabus in the third to eighth semesters, of which at least three courses should be advanced courses, and no more than two courses can be performance courses (MUSI2047, MUSI2066, MUSI2068, MUSI3019, MUSI3021, MUSI3032, MUSI4001, and MUSI4002).

Capstone Experience is a graduation requirement for music majors and specialists. Capstone Experience courses are designed to allow students to advance their analytical thinking by permitting the application of disciplinary knowledge and principles learned in the first and second years. The requirement can be fulfilled by taking at least one of the following courses:

  • MUSI3022 Topics in Asian music history
  • MUSI3028 Red is the colour: music and politics in post-1949 China
  • MUSI3029 Music and scientific thoughts: past and present
  • MUSI3030 Tonal counterpoint
  • MUSI3031 Special study
  • MUSI3032 Special performance study
  • MUSI3033 Topics in ethnomusicology
  • MUSI3034 The qin
  • MUSI3035 Music analysis II
  • MUSI3037 Opera
  • MUSI3039 Methodological perspectives in music II
  • MUSI4002 Advanced music performance 4
  • MUSI4003 Dissertation

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.