The curriculum aims to develop students’ creativity and nurture aesthetic sensitivity. Students will further develop their musical competence; construct knowledge and understanding of diverse music cultures; and develop critical responses and communicate effectively through music. It will lay solid foundation for students wishing to pursue further studies in music and to prepare for careers in music and related areas. There are a total of 4 papers for the HKDSE Music Examination. Paper 1 is a public written examination, whereas Papers 2 – 4 are to be completed during the course. Details are as follows:
Paper 1: Listening (40%)
A written paper of the following two parts:
Part A. Music in the Western classical tradition
Part B. Chinese instrumental music, Cantonese operatic music, Local and Western popular music
Paper 2: Performing I (20%)
A video recording of performing two or more pieces in an ensemble, with an oral presentation and a short sight-singing.
Paper 3: Creating I (20%)
A portfolio of two or more compositions and a reflective report.
Elective Part [choosing one paper only, with majority of students choosing Paper 4B] (20%)
Paper 4A: Special Project
A written report of 3,000 to 5,000 words on a chosen topic.
Paper 4B: Performing II
Exemption of this paper with a recognised qualification (e.g. ABRSM, Trinity); OR An instrumental performance.
Paper 4C: Creating II
A portfolio of two music arrangements and a reflective report.