Education Journal

Music Education/Learning Opportunities in Hong Kong

1993.第21卷第1期(Vol. 21 No. 1).pp. 77–85


Music Education/Learning Opportunities in Hong Kong




It is generally accepted that musicians should have early training in musical performance and other aspects of the discipline in order to become secure professionals. The purpose of this paper was to review the music education/ learning opportunities available in Hong Kong for students considering careers in music or music related fields. The study shows that music learning opportunities in Hong Kong can be characterized as a pyramid without a mid-section. There is a substantial base created by parental commitment to providing music lessons for their children; children's choirs; a large private lesson teacher pool; Royal Schools of Music Examinations; the Music Office; and a primary school music syllabus. The pyramid has a clearly defined pinnacle in the university level courses in music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist College, and Hong Kong University and the conservatory studies at the Academy for Performing Arts. However, there is no middle section of consequence in the pyramid. As a result, students without parental support for private lessons have few opportunities to continue a serious musical interest between primary school and university or conservatory.