Music is a unique art. It signifies other domains of human cultures, often playing important roles in cultivating cultural traditions and enriching social life of people from around the world. As a performative art, music provides a uniquely engaging means for university students today to equip themselves with necessary skills for such qualities as self-expression, cultural creativity, and humanistic values.
Among the myriad musical traditions of the world, Chinese music offers a distinctively effective cultural heritage for fulfilling such pedagogical goals against the backdrop of the Hong Kong society, where the postcolonial quest for national identity is often coupled with mounting interests in Chinese cultural traditions.
The course is designed for learning through large class learning activities, tutorial and workshop. The topics cover widely from traditional instrumental music and operatic music to modern Chinese orchestral music as well as popular music. In workshop, students are encouraged to participate in exploring the life experience in performing music.