THE Education Department has decided that one way to develop music education in Hong Kong is to organise the city's first Music Education Week, which starts today. The theme of the event, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Society for Music Education, the Education Department and the Hong Kong Baptist College, is ''Creativity and Games in Music Education''. Music education is a university discipline overseas but not here in Hong Kong. A gap now exists between international trends in music education and local practices because music teachers lack the solid training which their foreign counterparts have. Professor Martin Comte, a visiting music lecturer at the Baptist College and an international music education specialist, illustrates the situation. ''Most Hong Kong music teachers are not aware of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Zoltan Kodaly and Carl Orff, names which are famous around the world. ''But no one can conduct a music methods course without these names,'' he said. ''Many do not understand the discipline of music education, which includes child development, teaching and learning theories and philosophy of education.'' Shirley Gwilt, Hong Kong's Principal Inspector of Music, said the Education Department was trying to narrow the gap. ''With the rapid development of the more academic aspects of music education in Hong Kong, there is a need to promote new venues for teachers to keep up with international developments in music curricula and classroom practice,'' Ms Gwilt wrote in a circular to music teachers last month. ''The Music Education Week will provide opportunities for serving teachers and others involved in music education to study international trends and exchange views to help to further the development of music education in Hong Kong.'' Ms Gwilt said there were about 2,000 qualified music teachers in schools in the territory. Two renowned music education specialists have been invited to speak at the workshops during Music Week. Professor Comte, one of them, has 22 years of experience in training music educators in Australia. He is chairman of the International Society for Music Education's Commission for Music in Schools and Teacher Education. The other speaker, Dr June Boyce-Tillman, is from Britain. Dr Boyce-Tillman was a pioneer in introducing composition activities into the classroom.