Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit (WBLMP)
Established in 2017, the Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit (WBLMP) started to coordinate and expand both curricular and co-curricular music activities for the Lingnan community. Strengthening the liberal arts vision of Lingnan, WBLMP explores interdisciplinary programmes on music and performing arts. Beyond the nurturing of aesthetics appreciation of a diverse genres and styles of music, we attempt to revisit links between the study of music with our own well-being, our natural and cultural environment, and to open new dialogues with practitioners and curators on issues concerning creativity and sustainability.
Since 2020, WBLMP takes part in the Core Curriculum and General Education Office at Lingnan, highlighting our role in continuing the offerings of cluster courses centred on creativity. As our Unit develops and expands, providing a broader selection of courses and a new minor programme for our students, we became part of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2022.
Our courses on creative expression with music, creative movement and dance, as well as cultural sustainability have gained the most popularity amongst our students. These courses have played significant roles in widening their horizons of music to concepts such as communicative musicality, and in other performing art forms, from dance to creative movement, from theatre to performativity of our body in connection with our surrounding space. The collaboration between WBLMP and the University's Science Unit supports the implementation of innovative technology in learning the arts, fosters STEAM activities combining music and science, and ventures into the link between cultural and environmental sustainability. Our choral and instrumental ensembles are offered with both credit-bearing and non-credit bearing options, so our students have the choice of making music beyond their studies. Last but not least, our minor in music programme takes on one of the most pioneering approaches in exploring the study of music with issues concerning well-being and sustainability.
Besides striving for academic excellence, we value our students’ career prospects. Through collaboration with strategic partners, we offer insightful internship opportunities for our students to gain hands on experience in the music and performing arts industry. These internships include service-learning components relating to our courses about knowledge transfer and community engagement, in sight of the music scenes at Lingnan University.
Professor IP Kimho
Head of Wong Bing Lai Music and Performing Arts Unit