The Department of Music aims to produce traditional and practice-based research at the forefront of our strength areas that is internationally competitive, has significant social impact, and encourages interdisciplinary collaboration. We demonstrate vibrancy and sustainability through diverse funding streams and dissemination paths in five main areas: performance, composition, education, (ethno)musicology, and technology. These relate to wider themes involving creative media, performance practices across cultures and eras; expressive culture and scholarship stimulating discourse on contemporary society; and education related to cognition and social policy.

There are three core Research areas: Interdisciplinary Research & Creative Practice; Cross-Cultural Research; and Research in Music Education. Cognition, and Society

Interdisciplinary Research & Creative Practice

Interdisciplinary Research & Creative Practice is the hybrid of Creative Media and Practice-led research in Music. Music will be leading the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan (ISP) initiative to create a University Research Cluster on Creative Media and Practice of world class stature, crossing digital screen cultures, music, creative writing, film arts, and installation art. At the same time, Practice-led research in Music is the core strategic focus area in the coming years. It will be informed and driven by interdisciplinary collaborations in text-based scholarship on cross-cultural and historically contextualized themes.

To this end, Music is designing a new collaborative space in Interdisciplinary Research and Creative Practice, which will stimulate a synergistic research culture from our university strengths and attract new faculty and external partners.

Cross-cultural Research

Founded upon our multicultural Hong Kong demographic and staff of regional studies specialists, we aim to further develop as a leader of scholarly and creative research in East-West, Asian, and Chinese musical contact, and to expand our base of eight cross-cultural researchers with new interdisciplinary positions combining other area interests. The recent hires bring a new bridge from East and Central Asia to Eastern Europe. We seek to develop research on this region as part of the Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative being embraced by Hong Kong institutions. Building upon our successful Belt and Road Lecture and Concert Series of the Silk Road with pipa virtuoso Wu Man (2017), we will utilize external funding schemes to plan text- and practice-based collaborations, conferences, and creative projects along this thematic area.

Research in Music Education, Cognition, and Society

Music will develop its strategy toward enhancing research in musical sociology and cognition underlying educational policy and practices in Hong Kong, China, and Asia. This will amplify recent project successes linking scholarly studies with public engagement: we have brought popular music of multiple cultures into the Hong Kong school music curriculum, and we aim to further coordinate these efforts in the future via internal collaboration and external partnerships.