A curriculum direction for music education in Hong Kong

Chi Cheung Lawrence LEUNG, Yuet Wah Ruth YU-WU

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At the beginning of the third millennium, education reforms come to a forefront in both China and Hong Kong. The two regions had undergone different political systems in the past: various parts of China have been under the influences of different countries since the mid-nineteenth century and became a communist country since 1949; while Hong Kong was a British colony from 1842-1997. Both experienced Western influences in culture and education, and currently are facing challenges of globalization with regard to educating their future generations. This paper focuses on the development of music education in relation to traditional Chinese music in China and Hong Kong in the past century, and examines the recent music curriculum changes in China in order to establish a direction for the ongoing music education reform in Hong Kong. The study pinpoints the rationale for the study, the historical aspect and impact on music education in China and Hong Kong, the ongoing reforms on music education in both regions, and recommends a direction for a possible change in the music curriculum in Hong Kong. The suggestions could also be adapted for change in other Asian countries. Copyright © 2003 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-53
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2003


Leung, C. C., & Yu-Wu, R. (2003). A curriculum direction for music education in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, 1(2), 37-53.


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