Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCHC1057 MUS (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

GCHC1057 introduces students to the history, style characteristics, and sociopolitical meanings of Chinese popular music from the Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, with Cantopop as its focus. Its aims are three-fold: 1/ help students develop the listening skills to differentiate the musical/ style characteristics of different types of Chinese popular music from different eras; 2/ provide students an overview of the trends and developments of Chinese popular music in the context of the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong’s sociopolitical history; 3/ foster students’ critical abilities through examining the various meanings of popular music in the larger context of popular culture and in relationship to issues of identity, gender, politics, and globalization, etc.

What do the students say about this course?

……課程對近代的廣東音樂有深入的介紹,從「Canton Pop」一詞的起源、歌詞的好壞、樂曲的分析、曲風等均有提及。這個課程令我聽歌時更加注意如曲風、歌詞的連貫性等音樂元素……

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Jason Chenga year 1 student from COMM


Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.