IN tune with the growing demand for comprehensive reference material for teachers and students of classical music, a package comprising four compact discs and a handbook has been launched in the market by an ex-BBC classical music presenter. Created by Professor Edward Ho, Head of School of Music of Kingston University, who is also an experienced examiner of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), the product is aimed at giving music students a better understanding of various musical terms and help them with pronunciation. ''The idea of a musical terms reference on CD came from two of my pupils, who persistently encouraged me to undertake the project,'' Professor Ho said. Professor Ho often meets students who are unable to explain and pronounce musical terms which constitute part of the ABRSM examination starting from Grade Five of the piano examination. Though the production took about six months, the product is the result of an intensive musical knowledge acquired over the years. Being a former classical music presenter on radio, Professor Ho realised how hard it was for non-native speakers to pronounce the various Italian, German and French musical terms correctly. ''General Music Knowledge'' is an unprecedented attempt to allow practising musicians, teachers and students to have a convenient access to the English and Chinese glosses and pronunciations for Italian, German and French musical terms. The CDs provide easy searching or tracking of terms listed alphabetically in the handbook under categories such as musical terms, orchestral instruments, musical forms and main composers. Professor Ho believes that the best feature of the package is the convenience it offers to users to learn and refer to the CDs whenever necessary. Professor Ho says there is definitely room for improvement, but he is still awaiting feedback from users.