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Programme co-ordinator Dr Lam Ching-wah says the programme focuses on three core areas - research methods, music technology and creativity.
"We aim to train students to create and evaluate projects showing intellectual and artistic endeavour, apply technology to teaching and creating music, and design their own teaching materials," he says.
Lam believes the use of technology is gaining importance in music. "We educate students to use software such as Finale and Sibelius. Making use of computers to teach and compose music made the music teacher's job easier," he says.
After completing the three core subjects, students can choose electives according to their interests and professional needs.
Some electives are suitable for students who are mainly music teachers in primary and secondary schools or managers of music companies.
The programme covers the latest concepts and information in teaching music. Students who manage a music company or conduct a choir can gain from electives such as choral conducting and Chinese music.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in music with at least second-class honours. The programme is offered over one year full-time, or two years part-time, with classes mainly held in the evenings.