STEAM in Music

Infusing STEAM elements into music courses has the potential to increase creativity and collaboration amongst students. Music courses can encourage students both imaginative pursuits as well exploring practical knowledge
in various fields.

CCA Courses with STEAM Elements

The Phenomenon of Music in the 20th Century

Course Synopsis

This course forms part of a three-part structure to engage students in a phenomenological approach to western musical practices. In this course, students will be asked to address holistically the various socio-historical, cultural, aesthetic and stylistic aspects of music in the 20th Century up to present time, taking into account escalated trends in globalization and increased cross-cultural influences. Although western music will be taken as a starting point, the various non-western influences and cross-fertilization among different musical cultures will be covered. The course will emphasize the integration of practical and theoretical approaches in addressing the question of how the various stylistic practices of 20th Century and contemporary music came to be evolved as they are explored by students through practical musicking experiences, performances, writing and analysis of music in the context in conjunction with relevant academic research and reflections.

Principles and Practices of Music Education II

Course Synopsis

This course provides students with practical knowledge of different methods of leading creating, listening and performing activities and assessments; it also focuses on the application of advanced pedagogy in designing effective music lessons and units, as well as integrating interdisciplinary activities for teaching music in primary and secondary schools. Professional ethics, management skills, the principles of school-based curriculum design, as well as interdisciplinary activities will be acquired, experienced and examined by students.

Creative Musicking

Course Synopsis

This course aims to initiate students to the concept and practice of Creative Musicking, which is a new approach to encourage all to take part in and enjoy ‘making music’ through various creative processes such as music games, jam sessions and some STEAM activities. This will be a useful skill in nurturing a community-wide involvement with music and encompass the practical understanding, control and expressive ability in all aspects of music-making including designing (composing), performing (musicianship) and listening (appreciation). The course will develop students’ skills and technical proficiency in creating, developing, leading and performing creative musicking performances. It also equips students with the ability to involve others in a wide range of learning environments to actively make music using languages and musical techniques akin to different abilities and cultural backgrounds.

About Our STEAM Courses


CCA’s Professional Development Programme is designed to teach in-service music teachers how to incorporate STEAM activities into their classroom music lessons to foster digital musicianship. The participants gained knowledge on how to: (1) identify the elements of electronic music; (2) create musical instruments using electrical conductors and electronic building blocks; (3) utilize self-made electronic instruments to create an original composition with a purpose; (4) videotape the performance of the original composition; and (5) evaluate and reflect the artistic process and result. They took part in every stage of the creative process, from designing instruments to making music.



A new app for learning music creation and performance, namely "e-Orch”

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Spatial Sonorities
2021 A school-year-long technology-based music creation and performance education project

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Silver Medal


48th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva

Dr Leung Chi Hin

Dr. Alex Ruthmann

“I particularly like that there are creative arts and music education majors taking this course together. If the STEAM component is really central here, it should be made explicit. Otherwise, there is absolutely no problem with a course on Creative Musicking through Technology and Media.”