The HKDSE music course: Students’ intention to take the course and schools’ constraints in offering the course


Research output: ThesisHonours Projects (HP)


The New Senior Secondary School Curriculum had been launched in 2009 and The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) commenced in 2012. However, the percentage of students taking the HKDSE music was low. It was between 0.26% and 0.33% from 2012 to 2015. This paper will investigate the intention of students studying DSE music and the factors affecting schools in offering this course. There are two research questions in this study. The first one is, what is the intention of students about pursuing music in senior secondary level and what are the factors that they consider to take the DSE music course and exam? The second one is what do secondary school teachers think about the syllabus of the DSE music exam and what are the factors schools consider to provide DSE music course for students? This study was conducted among 81 students, including S1 to S3 students, students studying DSE music and students finished DSE music and 9 teachers, in which 3 of them teach DSE music and 6 of them teach S1 to S3 music. Also, interview with 3 teachers was done to have an in-depth investigation about their opinion on DSE music. The findings demonstrate that the percentage of S1-S3 students who plan to study DSE music is actually higher than the percentage of students sat for DSE music. Their decision about choosing music in senior secondary level or not is mostly affected by elective subjects available, their ability in playing musical instruments, family influence and future perspective. Schools have difficulties in launching the DSE music course mostly because of there are very few students suitable to study the course; students think other subjects are more important and the teaching timetable is too tight. This paper will further discuss the findings and recommendations to attract more students to study music in senior secondary level.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationBachelor of Education (Honours)
  • SO, Ming Chuen, Allison 蘇明村, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • DSE music
  • Intention
  • Pursuing music
  • Music education
  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Music) (Four-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A4B042
  • Course code: MUS4900


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