Outreach Music Interest Courses

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Launched in December 1996, the Outreach Music Interest Courses provide short-term fundamental music training for people of different ages. Group lessons in Western and Chinese musical instruments and various music topics are conducted every week at venues across the territory.

Outreach Music Interest Courses - Phase 53 (Sep 2023 - Feb 2024)

Enrolment for remaining vacancies starts from 16 August onwards on a first-come, first-served basis. Please click hereclick here to check the vacancy list.


  • New courses: Parent Workshop on “Music Enlightenment and Learning for Children”・e-Accompaniment of Cantonese Operatic Songs

  • Online courses: ABC to Musicianship・Kalimba・Ukulele

  • Ensemble training: Chinese Ensemble・Chamber Orchestra・e-Orchestra

  • Instrument enrichment: Erhu・Liuqin・Pipa・Yangqin・Zheng・Percussion (Glockenspiel & Practice Pad)・Violin・Cello

  • Others: Music Theory・Aural Training・Keyboard・Little Harp・Classical Guitar・Folk Guitar

Instrument Foundation Classes

  • Chinese: Erhu・Pipa・Liuqin・Yangqin・Zheng・Dizi・Xiao

  • Western: Violin・Viola・Cello・Percussion (Glockenspiel & Practice Pad)・Flute・Clarinet・Saxophone

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LCSD Performing Venues, Music Office Music Centres and Hong Kong Public Libraries

$175 - $1,140 (2 to 20 lessons)

Stage 1 Recruitment [closed]


Application deadline of this stage: 20/7

Application Methods

A. Online Application

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Upon submission of an application, the applicant will receive a registration number for checking the balloting results afterwards.

B. Mail Application(Note 1)

Completed appplication form, together with one sufficiently stamped, self-addressed envelope(Note 2) (without sending in any tuition fee) should be delivered to the following address by post or in person on or before 20/7:

Music Office Hong Kong Music Centre
9/F Hong Kong Arts Centre,
2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
[Please mark “Application for Outreach Music Interest Courses” on the envelope]


Applicants who do not receive the acknowledgement of application, along with a registration number, by 24/7 should check with the Music Office before 5pm on that day to confirm their applications are successfully submitted. Applicants who submit more than one application or provide incomplete information will be disqualified. Late submissions will not be considered.

Balloting Results

Oversubscribed courses will be processed by ballot. Applicants are welcome to attend the ballot to be conducted at the Hong Kong Music Centre on 25/7 at 2pm. Applicants can check the balloting results on this webpage from 26/7 onwards. Each applicant will be assigned not more than 1 workshop and / or 1 instrument foundation class.

Payment Methods

Successful applicants should pay the tuition fee through the following methods on or before 1/8, otherwise, they will be deemed to have given up the application and their places will be opened to other applicants.

A. Online Payment

Notification e-mails will be sent to all successful applicants who have provided e-mail addresses. There is a specific link in the email for online payment by VISA, MasterCard, UnionPay, JCB or PPS(Note 3). After payment, an online acknowledgement will be given and no separate receipt will be issued. Applicants should read carefully the class details and the Trainee Memorandum on the payment acknowledgement. The payment acknowledgement and identification document(Note 4) of the applicant have to be presented for verification in the first lesson, otherwise, he/she would not be allowed to attend the class.

B. Payment by Post or In Person

Successful applicants are not required to wait for any notifications from the Music Office before payment. They may submit the following documents and pay the tuition fees at any music centre of the Music Office (see the section of “Enrolment & Payment” below), or simply mail them to the Hong Kong Music Centre(Note 1):

  1. A crossed cheque made payable to “The Government of the HKSAR”. Please also state the registration number and the name of applicant at the back of the cheque. Postdated cheques will not be accepted(Note 5);

  2. Original copy/ photocopy of the applicant’s identification document(Note 4);

  3. A sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope is required for applicants who submit by post. If any applicant enrolled does not receive the payment receipt on or before 3/8, please check with the Music Office before 5pm on that day. All trainees should present the payment receipts and their identification documents(Note 4) for verification in the first lesson, or would not be allowed to attend the class.

If places are still available after the payment due date for successful applicants, according to the balloting results and number of remaining quotas, some of the other applicants may be notified of payment details by email (for applicants who provide e-mail addresses) or mail on 4/8. If applicants do not receive any notification by 8/8, they may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Unsuccessful applicants can apply for the remaining quotas in Stage 2 recruitment (see the section of “Stage 2 Recruitment” below). No notification will be sent to applicants for it.

Note 1:

Underpaid mail items will not be accepted and such items will be handled by the Hongkong Post.

Note 2:

Applicants who provide e-mail addresses in the application forms need not to send in self-addressed envelopes as all correspondence will be sent by e-mail.

Note 3:

For PPS internet account holders only.

Note 4:

Applicant’s name, date of birth and document number should be shown in the identification document.

Note 5:

For enquiries about the payment method, please contact any music centre of the Music Office.

Stage 2 Recruitment


The enrolment for this stage is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis: from 16/8 to one week after the course commencement

The vacancy list will be available on this webpage from 14/8 afternoon onwards. Interested individuals should complete and return the application form together with original/ photocopy of the applicant’s identification document(Note 6) and the tuition fee (a crossed cheque made payable to the “The Government of the HKSAR”; postdated cheque will not be accepted(Note 7)), in person or by a representative to any music centre of the Music Office during the designated time (see the section of “Enrolment & Payment” below). All Music Office Music Centres will distribute quota tags at 9:30am on the first day of Stage 2 recruitment and process the applications according to the order of tag numbers from 10:00am onwards. Quota tags will be distributed in the lobby on the ground floor or outside the lobby for some music centres. Please contact the respective music centres for details.

Each person is allowed to submit a maximum of 2 application forms and each applicant can apply for 1 instrument foundation class and 1 workshop only. This restriction will be removed from 17/8 onwards. Trainees, who have successfully enrolled in Stage 1 recruitment, can also apply for classes with remaining quotas then

On the first day of Stage 2 recruitment (i.e. 16/8), if the Hong Kong Observatory issues a Red/ Black Rainstorm Warning Signal, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Pre-No.8 or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above, anytime during 7:00am - 9:30 am, or all Music Office music centres have to be closed due to any special circumstance, the enrolment on the day will be cancelled and postponed to 17/8. If the inclement weather/ special circumstance continues, please observe the announcement on this website for the latest enrolment arrangements.

Note 6:

Applicant’s name, date of birth and document number should be shown in the identification document.

Note 7:

For enquiries about the payment method, please contact any music centre of the Music Office.

Enrolment & Payment

Monday to Friday: 10:00am–12:00nn and 2:00pm–4:00pm (closed on public holidays)
Music Centre Address Tel
Hong Kong Music Centre 9/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, HK 2802 0657
Kwun Tong Music Centre 4/F Lam Tin Complex, 1 Hing Tin Street, Lam Tin, KLN 2796 2893
Mongkok Music Centre 10/F Mongkok Government Offices, 30 Luen Wan Street, Mongkok, KLN 2399 2200
Tsuen Wan Music Centre 1/F Tsuen Wan Government Offices, 38 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan, NT 2417 6429
Shatin Music Centre 7/F Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Shatin, NT 2158 6462


Notes to Applicants

  1. In Stage 1 recruitment, all oversubscribed courses will be processed by ballot. The remaining quotas will be open to enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis during Stage 2 recruitment (i.e. from 16 August onwards).

  2. Current trainees of the “Instrumental Music Training Scheme” are allowed to apply for the workshops of the Outreach Music Interest Courses, but not for the instrument foundation classes.

  3. Every trainee will be assigned not more than 1 instrument foundation class and 1 workshop. This restriction will be removed from 17 August onwards. Trainees, who have successfully enrolled in Stage 1 recruitment, can also apply for classes with remaining quotas then.

  4. Before submission of application, all applicants should read carefully the course prospectus for enrolment requirement, age limit and requisite musical proficiency prescribed for the respective courses. Applicants who fail to meet the requirement will be disqualified, and no refund or transfer of tuition fee will be made.

  5. Applicants should select classes according to their age and musical proficiency. Ages of applicants will be based on 3 September 2023.

  6. Upon submission of application, the applicant is deemed to have fully understood and agreed to comply with all rules in connection with the admission and attendance of Outreach Music Interest Courses of the Music Office.

  7. Admission is at the discretion of the Music Office.

  8. A receipt and a Trainee Memorandum will be issued to each applicant after payment of tuition fee. Applicants should immediately check against the information on the receipt. No separate notification of class commencement will be issued. Trainees are expected to be present for classes at the time and venue indicated in the Memorandum, and should bring along their receipts to the first lesson and retain them until the end of the course.

  9. The Music Office reserves the right to change the instructor, time and venue of the course and cancel the whole course or individual lessons as necessary. The applicants concerned will be notified and refunded for course/ lesson thus cancelled (except for class cancellations due to inclement weather). They should provide the original payment receipts for refund. Their places will not be reserved for application for future courses, whether they accept the refund or not.

  10. No refund or transfer of tuition fees can be arranged for applicants who opt to withdraw from the course. Besides, the fees cannot be applied to other courses.

  11. Postdated cheque will not be accepted. In the case of a dishonored cheque, the enrolment will be cancelled without further notice to the applicant and the Music Office will reserve the right to take legal and/or administrative actions.

  12. Applications by telephone, email or fax are not accepted.

  13. The Outreach Music Interest Courses aim to provide participants with short-term basic musical training and enable them to experience the fun of music learning. Trainees who have completed the training and wish to further their studies may approach and seek advice from other music education institutions.

  14. The Music Office has the power of final interpretation of the terms and conditions, and reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.


Medium of Instruction



 3842 7773;2598 0801;2598 8335