Pan Hang, Benny 鄧斌衡 TANG
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Dr. Pan-hang Tang graduated at Deakin University with a Ph.D. degree, studying how technology can help to develop children’s musical creativity. A practitioner with hands-on teaching experiences at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, and formerly a senior management staff of a through-train school, Dr. Tang has developed and taught various music curricula for different institutes, including Tuen Mun District Secondary Schools DSE Music Scheme (2016 – 2019), an Arts co-curricular workshop at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2014 – 2015), a summer gifted program on musical creativity at the University of Hong Kong (2013 – 2015), and the Centralized Scheme of Music Training for Senior Secondary Students organized by the Education Bureau (2003 – 2010).

​Dr. Pan-hang Tang is also an active composer. He had initiated Hong Kong Composers’ Guide to run a 3-year project, the School Concert Series. His “La Messa Cinese” was commissioned and published by the Sacred Music Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese and was performed by the Diocesan Choir in 2014.

Since 2015, Dr. Tang has been working with a team of researchers from Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan in a research project, which is a continuous collaboration, aiming to compare the education policies of each region. The findings of the previous phases have been presented at the ISME Commission Seminar and the Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research.

Major Publication

Tang, P. H. 2014, IT-assisted music composition education in Hong Kong primary schools, published doctoral dissertation, published Ph.D. dissertation, Scholars’ Press, Saarbrücken.
Tang, P. H. 2012, ‘Transforming the practice of music composition education under technological environment’, In W. Sims (Eds). Proceedings from 30th International Society for Music Education World Conference. Greek Society for Music Education, Thessaloniki, pp. 345-352.
Tang, P. H. 2006, ‘Enhancing students' experiences in making music composition through a music notation software’, Australian Online Journal for Arts Education, 2(3), Deakin University, Melbourne.

Conference Presentation

Music Teacher Education Policy in Asian Regions (with Tadahiko Imada et al.)
33rd International Society for Music Education World Conference Policy Commission Seminar 2018

Transcending Boarders: Music Education in Asia: Past, Present, and Future (with Mimi Chen et al.)
Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research 2017

Globalization? Localization? In the Aftermath of the Dual Identities in Asian Music Education (with Mimi Chen et al.)
32nd International Society for Music Education World Conference Policy Commission Seminar 2016

Transforming the practice of music composition education under technological environment.
30thInternational Society for Music Education World Conference 2012

Nurturing gifted children through IEP in Hong Kong (with Michael Chan et al.)
10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Giftedness 2008

Teaching musical creativity with information technology in Hong Kong primary schools: A critique of pedagogical and implementation issues with recommendations for further development (Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Colloquium) 2005

Teaching musical creativity in Hong Kong primary schools: A review of the immediate past and the current situation of teaching and learning through technology.
Asia-Pacific Symposium of Music Education Research 2005

Major Music Composition

2015 – 2020Te Deum – for vocal soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra (can be sung in Latin and Cantonese)
2014Salve Regina – for chorus and organ
2014Threnody for the Souls in Tian2 – conceptual music
2013For the Kingdom – for chorus and organ
2013Pater Noster – for chorus and organ
2012Variations on the Theme “A Traven in the Town” – for wind band
2012Ave Maria – for chorus and organ
2012Trio for Flute, Violin, and Cello No. 1 (Inverted)
Trio for Flute, Violin, and Cello No. 1 (Retrograde)
Trio for Flute, Violin, and Cello No. 1 (Inverted Retrograde)
2011 – 2012 La Messa Cinese – for chorus and organ
2011Valse? 9-8 – for wind quartet and piano
2011Frequency – for 2 sets of oscilloscope and sound generators
2011聖方濟和平禱文St. Francis’Prayer–for chorus and organ
2005 – 2011 Recorder Fantasy
2010The Innocent Voices in Cathedral
2010文金Wenjin–for viola, tenor recorder, harp, and glockenspiel
2010願上主祝福你May the Lord Bless You–for chorus and organ
2010Des’r School in SKW – for wind band
2008Antiphony – for trombone solo and recorder band
2006Variations on the Lightly Row – for recorder band
2004Concertino for Clarinet, Piano and Recorder Band
2002布絮Cloth–for recorder quartet
1999Brass Quintet
1999小螞蟻–for percussion band
1999Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello No.4
1998Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello No.3
1998Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello No.2
1997Trombone Concerto – for trombone solo, double string orchestra, percussion ensemble and chorus
1996Whims of Bone – for trombone solo
1996Prelude and Fugue – electronic
1996Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello No.1
1996Rachmaninov – for trombone solo and piano
1996零後Post-Zero–for double string quartet
1996Percussion Suite – for two percussionists
1995The Wolf and the Grapery – for trombone solo, piano, and narrator
1995Variations for Orchestra
1995Three Pieces for Four Trombones
1992 – 1996 Four Piano Pieces for Children
1993Piano Poem – for piano solo
1992蛻變Transformation–for string quartet
1992In the Harbour – for vocal solo and piano

Research interests

Education policy

Technology-based instruction in music education

Catholic Religious Music

Music of J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky, Ravel, and Penderecki

Teaching Interests

Music history in the Western society

Music materials and techniques

Music composition

External Appointments

Starting in Sept 2020 Comissioner – ISME Policy Comission

2019 - Present Committee – Curriculum Development Council of the Government of HKSAR – Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority Committee on Music

2019 - Present Committee – Textbook Committee Secondary Music Textbook Review Panel of the Education Bureau of the Government of HKSAR

2010 - Present Composer – Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong


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