A case study on the artistic citizenship development of Hong Kong youth through community music participation

Po Yan LO

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Theses


The psychological well-being of youngsters in Hong Kong is at risk under the current unstable socio-economic-political situation. High level of anxiety is not only a psychological problem but also a result of social disintegration and isolation, often experienced by young people. The research objective in the present study is to examine how in light of all that is happening in Hong Kong to determine how the Arts may help and, specifically, how can music help the society and community of Hong Kong to come together as one as citizens with common and shared goals. The research plans to undertake an qualitative case study within the WAO! Singers, a community choir comprised of 30 young people aged from 18 to 28 in Hong Kong. The qualitative study involved conducting focus group and individual interviews, as well as a within-case survey with quantitative analysis to complement the qualitative data. The findings of this study showed that the sense of we-ness is one of the crucial factors in developing artistic citizenship. Through the power of community music, young musicians had developed varies of core elements of citizenship like dignity, tolerance, acceptance and a strong sense of belonging. Moreover, their intrinsic experience of “bad citizenship” (Elliott, 2012) also shed light on how they put their music in ethical action toward social justice. This study showed that the development of artistic citizenship can empower young people to pursue a life of well-being, flourishing, fulfilment and constructive happiness for the benefit of oneself and others. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Education
Awarding Institution
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
  • MATSUNOBU, Koji 松信浩二, Supervisor
  • LEUNG, Bo Wah 梁寶華, Supervisor
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Artistic citizenship
  • Community music
  • Artistic citizen
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Thesis (Ed.D.)--The Education University of Hong Kong, 2020.


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