Many people think that music is just for entertainment, but to Zoe Jong, there's more to music than meets the ears. "I think there's some special power in music. I want to know more about how music can help people," says Jong, who is studying for a postgraduate diploma in music therapy at HKU SPACE.
As a music teacher for primary students, and with a bachelor of arts degree in music from the University of Hong Kong, Jong hopes to pursue a career in music therapy.
"I think I have gained a lot from the course. Apart from the knowledge of music therapy, I made many friends with similar dreams. Also, I learned there were still a lot of channels for me to explore and further my study in music therapy," she says.
As Hong Kong embraces therapy, Jong believes demand for music therapists will also rise.
"The course provides systematic training and information for those who would like to develop their career in music therapy," says programme director Sam Kan.
The course caters for teachers, student teachers, music therapists, social workers and other health-related professionals.
"Upon completion of the programme, students should have learned skills in using music as a medium to stimulate positive health and educational changes in children. We want our students to be patient and have a caring heart," Kan adds.
The course has four modules - music therapy for children, an introduction to therapy methods, clinical practice, and music psychology research. It takes a year to complete. Students must attend intensive classes during weekdays and weekends, and also perform clinical practice.
Applicants should hold a bachelor's of music or music education from a recognised university and have attained ABRSM Grade 6 or its equivalent in one practical instrument, and at least ABRSM Grade 5 in theory. They should also complete at least one psychology module during their undergraduate studies.