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Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

CEF Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
1 year
Course Fee
3762 0054
2151 0720
How to Apply

The programme aims to prepare students to achieve advanced technical skills and competence as a piano performer and teacher. In addition to providing specialised training for students to improve their performance in piano playing, the curriculum also drills on students’ pedagogical knowledge and competence in piano teaching so that they can develop a range of teaching approaches when delivering piano lessons. The programme also covers research techniques and methods for students’ future pursuit of research.



deliver a high standard of performance and demonstrate an advanced level of expertise and competence in piano playing;

  1. discuss piano teaching from different perspectives and a broad range of pedagogical approaches that can be used across a wide spectrum of levels and abilities; 
  2. advance their technical and stylistic development on piano performance as required of both a performer and a piano teacher, and establish a repertoire covering a variety of styles; 
  3. develop a broad range of teaching approaches to interpret different music compositions for different levels of students; 
  4. analyse different psychological theories and approaches for music teaching and performing; and  
  5. explain research principles and methods applicable to music pedagogy and performance, and apply the skills in doing and presenting academic research and critical reflection.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance) will be offered in blended learning mode. The medium of delivery and assessment is English.

Name of Award

After completion of the programme with a pass in all modules as well as 70% of attendance requirement, the students will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance) 音樂深造文憑(鋼琴教學及演奏)within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Application Code 2035-PE037A -

  • Prof Gary McPherson – PhD (U of Sydney), MMusEdu (Indiana University), BMusEdu (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), LTCL, FTCL (Trinity College, London), Ormond Chair of Melbourne conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Foundation Professor of Creative Arts, Education University of Hong Kong, Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman endowed chair, School of Music, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
  • Dr Chen Ti-Wei – PhD (Hong Kong Baptist University), MMus (Royal Holloway, University of London), Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Durham University), BMus (Trinity College of Music, London), Editorial Board (Arts Education Policy Review, Routledge)
  • Dr Lai Nga Ting Ada – PhD U. of Melbourne, MPhil, MMus, BA (CUHK), LTCL (Piano Performance; Piano Accompanying)
  • Dr Lee Yung Yung Elsa – DMA Eastman School of Music, MMus Sydney Conservation of Music, Dip, BMus HKAPA, EdM Columbia University - Teachers College
  • Dr Lo Ka Karl – BMus Oberlin, MMus, DMA Cleveland
  • Mr Wong Wai Wing Stephen – MMus, McGill University
  • Mr Chu Alan Wai Heng – BM RCM, MM RAM, ARAM
  • Ms Lee Ka Ling Colleen – Dip, BM, ProfDip HKAPA, Dip HMTMH, LTCL, FTCL, LRSM
  • Mr Young Chap Lai Raymond – MA Wien, LTCL, FTCL, ARCM

Module Code

Module Title

Class Schedule



Keyboard Repertoire: From the Baroque to the 20th Century

Start from 10 July 2022,

Sundays (10:00 am - 1:30pm; 

Tutoiral: 01:00pm - 01:30pm)



Advanced Piano Pedagogy

Start from 11 October 2022,

Tuesdays (6:30 pm- 9:30pm)



Research in Music Teaching and Learning (Online)

Start from 15 October 2022,

Saturdays (9:30 am - 12:30pm)



Psychology in Music (Online)

Start from 18 March 2023,

Saturdays (9:30 am - 12:30pm)



Advanced Piano Technique and Performance Practice

Start from 21 February 2023,

Tuesdays (6:30pm - 9:30pm)






**We will try our best to adhere to the schedule.  However, details may be revised if necessary. **

Applicants shall:

  1. hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably in music, awarded by a recognized university, and
  2. have passed the Grade 8 piano examination under ABRSM or equivalent;  

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

a.      an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or

b.      a score of 550 in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 in the internet-based TOEFL; or

c.      HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or

d.      HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or

e.      equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Applicants will be required to submit a video clip of 10-15 minutes of their own piano performance or teaching demonstration. Shortlisted applicants might be invited for an interview.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$48,000 ( in one single payment)
  • Course Fee : HK$1,682 (Library Fee: optional)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Keyboard Repertoire: From the Baroque to the 20th Century [Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance)]
COURSE CODE 32Z133947 FEES $9,600 ENQUIRY 3762-0054
Advanced Piano Pedagogy [Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance)]
COURSE CODE 32Z133955 FEES $9,600 ENQUIRY 3762-0054
Advanced Piano Technique and Performance Practice [Module from Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance)]
COURSE CODE 32Z133963 FEES $9,600 ENQUIRY 3762-0054
Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course Continuing Education Fund Reimbursable Course (selected modules only)
Some modules of this course have been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Piano Pedagogy and Performance)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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Enrolment Method

Please submit the following documents to any HKU SPACE enrolment counters or post to HKU SPACE, 19/F, Island East Campus, 494 King's Road, NorthPoint, Hong Kong (attention to Mr Brian Ho).

  1. completed application form (SF26);
  2. a copy of academic transcripts; and
  3. crossed cheque of HK$200 for the application fee (payable to "HKU SPACE").