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Chinese Name: 陳智偉

Variants: Chen, J., Chen, C. W. J., Chen, J. C. W.

Dr. Jason Chen graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in composition and piano with a 4-year scholarship. He later furthered his musical studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University, receiving the Master of Arts (majoring in composition and electro-acoustic music) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (majoring in Music) respectively in 2000 and 2002. A composer, pianist and researcher, he studied jazz piano and arranging with Prof. Kim Park, and composition under the tutorship of Prof. James Mobberley and Prof. John Chen, and has written over 40 compositions including works for orchestra, chamber music, electroacoustic music and writing music for TV commercials, movie soundtrack. His works have been published by Warner music, Universal music, Capital Artist, What’s music, EEG Records and Hong Kong Composers' Guild. His composition Global Warning for 12 Guitars has been selected by the Hong Kong Composers' Guild to represent the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) at the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in 2015.

Jason is currently the Chair of the Research and Development Committee in the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Education University of Hong Kong. He had extensive experience in curriculum development and program management as program leader for BEd, BME and sub-degree music program for 15 years. He is also a PhD in music technology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia, researching on composing for film and the media. He recently received a General Research Fund (GRF) research project supported by Research Grant Council (RGC) to study compositional thinking in popular and classical music and a Knowledge Transfer (KT) Fund to develop a curriculum in using i-Pad to compose for secondary school. His publication includes a book chapter published by Springer in Canto-Jazz in the Greater China Region and a faculty-funded research project in mobile learning in music education. His articles have been published by the top-ranked journals - International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Oxford Handbook of Music Technology and Education. 

He was the jury panel for New Generation Concert, conducted various workshops for HKAPA, HKCG and EDB and received composition commission from Musicarama 2011. He serves as the external assessor and subject committee members for the DSE music curriculum at both HKEAA and EDB. He is the editorial board member of the International Journal of Music Education (IJME) and Media Journal of Music Education(MJME). He is recently appointed as the research commissioner of International Society of Music Education (ISME) and subject specialist by HKCAAVQ. He is a recipient of the Dean's Research Output Prize 2015-16.  

Research interests

Music Technology and Musical Creativity

Jazz Music and Pedagogy

Artifical Intelligence and Music Education

Popular Music Education - Formal and Informal Learning

Music Composition and Improvisation

Music Theory and Analysis

Performance (Classical Piano and Jazz Piano)

Professional information

ORCID : 0000-0003-1506-6136

Scopus ID: 55521358400

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Research Outputs 2004 2019

attitude change
2 Citations (Scopus)
Hong Kong
music teacher
group membership
2 Citations (Scopus)

Mobile learning in music education

CHEN, C. W., Jul 2017, The Oxford handbook of technology and music education. RUTHMANN, S. A. & MANTIE, R. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 163-170

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

music lessons
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music curriculum
technical equipment

Compositional thinking: How to teach students to think like a composer?

CHEN, C. W., Dec 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Glocal group creativity: Mapping the creative process of a cappella in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom using the musical creativities framework

CHEN, C. W., 2016, International perspectives on research in music education: Proceedings of the 26th International Seminar of the ISME Commission on Research, London 18-22 July 2016. Boal-Palheiros, G. (ed.). United Kingdom: International Music Education Research Centre, p. 62-74

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter