SHSS Creative Arts and Humanities Education in Hong Kong: Issues and Solutions

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. Ilari Kaila ; tenor, Prof. Oliver Lo; baritone, Prof. Isaac Droscha; renowned violinist and HKUST Honorary Fellow, Prof. Takako Nishizaki; and Dr. Amy Sze.

HKUST offers HKUST Summer Music!, including HUMA2000A: A New Approach to Music Making, a new innovative SHSS course taught by Prof. Bright Sheng, along with courses taught by other HKUST music faculty and special guest artists offered through the HKUST Summer Institute.

Courses currently include:

HUMA1100:Music of the World
HUMA1102: Enjoyment of Classical Music

HUMA2000A: A New Approach to Music Making
HUMA2000B: Art of Singing
HUMA2103: Introduction to Music Composition

HUMA2104: Introduction to Music Theory
HUMA2105: Music, Drama, and Theatre
HUMA3101: Western, Opera, and Literature
HUMA3102: Making Chamber Music A
HUMA3103: Making Chamber Music B