Dr. LAI Sheung Ping
Dr. Lai Sheung Ping completed her Master of Music degree in Composition at the
Cleveland Institute of Music in 1987 and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in
Composition at the Ohio State University in 1991. Dr. Lai had substantial teaching
experience in higher education having served as a faculty member at several academic
institutions in the U.S. and in Asia. She currently teaches at the Department of
Creative Arts and Physical Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Education where
she teaches music theory, music composition and music history. She also tutors
individual students on their compositions.
Dr. Lai is an active composer. Her music covers a wide variety of genres and styles.
Her compositions and musical arrangements are frequently performed by various
professional musicians and performance groups, and have received positive reviews.
She is also an active promoter of contemporary music. She has appeared as guest
speaker in composition forum and lecture-demonstration presented by the Hong Kong
Composers’ Guild. Her recent articles on contemporary music and compositional
studies were published in Music Companion, the leading academic music journal in
Besides contemporary music, her diverse research interests also include cross-cultural
studies of Chinese and Western music, jazz and popular music, women composers,
music perception, and creativity in classroom.
Dr. Lai is currently a director of the Hong Kong Composers’ Guild which aims to
promote music by Hong Kong composers. She is also the course coordinator of the
Centralised Scheme for Music Training for Senior Secondary Students, and is
involved in a study on music creativity in elementary classroom conducted by Dr.
Dr. Lai perceives composition as an investigation of the development of musical
styles and languages through live practice as well as a problem-solving discipline. Her
philosophy of composing is to be a sincere composer who writes music of high
quality and who speaks for humanity. Her philosophy of teaching composition is to
share experience with students and to guide them to search for their own languages.