HKUST and SHSS has launched an innovative approach to creative arts education based on the principle of Research Embedded Teaching:
Teachers are active practitioners who teach a curriculum based on their own 'research,' that is creativity rather than criticism.
Students are taught to understand the arts from the perspective of creators and producers rather than consumers and critics.
Begun in 2012, the lead programme is in music composition and performance, coordinated by internationally-acclaimed composer, pianist, and conductor, Prof. Bright Sheng (Y.K.Pao Distinguished Visiting Professor, HKUST) and centered around The Intimacy of Creativity.
Hailed by the Financial Times as 'the city's most innovative music experience', The Intimacy of Creativity is an annual two-week partnership devoted to promoting an intimate dialogue between composers and performers. World-renowned composers and performers, together with emerging composers, present and revise their chamber music compositions after in-depth Open Discussions on the campus of HKUST. Revised compositions are formally presented at Preview Concerts at HKUST and World Premiere Concerts in downtown Hong Kong.
The Intimacy of Creativity is presented by HKUST as part of HKUST Music Alive!, a new concert series promoting HKUST as a global center for creative, well-rounded education.
The School offers a variety of music courses in which students learn the value of creativity and collaboration and its applications in the other fields of study. Courses are currently taught by Composers-in-Residence, Prof. Matthew Tommasini and Prof. Eli Marshall tenor, Prof. Oliver Lo; renowned violinist, Prof. Takako Nishizaki; and Dr. Amy Sze.
Beginning in 2013, HKUST launches HKUST Summer Music!, including a new innovative SHSS course taught by Prof. Bright Sheng, and courses offered by Dean of Students taught by other HKUST music faculty and special guest artists.
Courses currently include:
HUMA2100: Music of the World
HUMA2102: Enjoyment of Classical Music
HUMA2103: Introduction to Music Composition
HUMA2104: Introduction to Music Theory
HUMA3000G: Chamber Music Making
HUMA3100: Music, Drama, and Theatre
HUMA3101: Western, Opera, and Literature