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Certificate for Module (String Pedagogy in the 21st Century)
證書 (單元 : 21世紀的弦樂教學)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

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Start Date
22 Jul 2024 (Mon)
30 hours
Course Fee
Deadline on 08 Jul 2024 (Mon)
3762 0094
2151 0720
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This programme aims to empower violin and viola instructors with a comprehensive understanding of string pedagogy, enhancing their teaching effectiveness and stimulating their pedagogical creativity. It incorporates a study of traditional methods, along with an exploration of globally developed and adopted string teaching philosophies. The curriculum is strategically sequenced to establish fundamental violin and viola techniques, addressing potential challenges in teaching. Rather than subscribing to a single methodology, the programme aspires to furnish teachers with a versatile pedagogical toolkit, fostering early musicianship, enabling individualized learning plans, and nurturing teaching sensitivity. The programme is designed to be adaptable to varied repertoires, including those featured in common performance exams like the ABRSM, considering the specific demands of music education in Hong Kong.

Programme Details

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

1. define a wide range of string pedagogical methods;

2. devise effective teaching strategies for fundamental string technique and early musicianship, tailored to various situations;

3. explain the strengths and challenges young pupils experience at the beginning stage of string instruction; and

4. apply teaching strategies that reflect on understanding of a composition, demonstrating critical thinking and analysis in the instructional process.

A ‘Certificate for Module (String Pedagogy in the 21st Century)’ will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE to students who meet ALL of the following:

  • passed the assessments
  • achieved at least 70% of attendance


I. Historical Context and Traditional Methods:

  • Overview of string pedagogy before and after 1850 and until WWII
  • Examination of repertoire in Hong Kong and for ABRSM music examination
  • Study of traditional teaching methods

II. Introduction to Modern String Teaching Philosophies:

  • Overview of Suzuki, Rolland, and Havas methods, as well as Sassmannshaus, Colourstrings, Pascale, and others
  • Discussion of the strengths and limitations of each approach

III. Instrumental Setup and Technique:

  • Establishing the correct instrumental setup
  • Foundations in holding the bow, including bow grip and bow arm technique
  • Building the left hand frame, including hand and finger position
  • Developing early finger independence

IV. Tone Production and Intonation:

  • Study of tone production, including bow pressure and speed control
  • Exploration of folk songs and supplementary materials for developing intonation sensitivity
  • Composing short pieces to develop creativity and musical expression

V. Coordination and Musicality:

  • Coordination games to develop physical and mental coordination
  • Integration of Dalcroze-inspired concepts for developing musicality and rhythmic accuracy

VI. Bow Techniques:

  • Discussion and practice of contrasting bow techniques, including string crossings, detache, staccato, and legato

VII. Advanced Techniques:

  • Introduction to early shifting and vibrato techniques
  • Study of repertoire that incorporates advanced techniques


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Days / Time
  • Monday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm



Type of Assessment




A 10-15 minute group presentation (in a group of 2-3 students) on a string pedagogical topic. 



In this group project, consisting of 2-3 members, students will collaborate on a written assignment of approximately 1200 to 1500 words. 




Total : 100%

Teacher Information

Dr. Felix Ungar


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$5700

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall:

  1. hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably in music, awarded by a recognised university, and
  2. have passed the Grade 8 violin/viola 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:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. 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
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3; or
  5. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate for Module (String Pedagogy in the 21st Century)
COURSE CODE 32C159128 FEES $5,700 ENQUIRY 3762-0094
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate for Module (String Pedagogy in the 21st Century)

  • 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 Ms Anita Li).
  1. completed application form (SF26);
  2. a copy of academic transcripts