Informal learning of Cantonese operatic singing in Hong Kong: An autoethnographic study

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Abstract

A revised abstract is as follows: Cantonese operatic singing is widespread in Hong Kong with numerous amateurs learning in community club settings. However, limited research has been taken on how amateurs learn in the community. This article reports on an autoethnographic study of a community music club catering to Cantonese operatic singing in Hong Kong. The author joined the club for six years as a full member and attended weekly gatherings to identify the features characterising informal learning with participant observations and informal conversations as research methods. Trustworthiness of the study was built on developed rapport with three members and lengthy period of data collection. Influenced by Chinese traditional culture and beliefs, a proactive learning attitude with industry, a competency of self-learning, and the development of positive inter-personal relationships were keys to earning the respect of senior members for access of learning. This study implies a need to balance between informal learning and a systematic pedagogy. Copyright © 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPedagogy, Culture & Society
Early online date28 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2021

Citation

Leung, B.-W. (2021). Informal learning of Cantonese operatic singing in Hong Kong: An autoethnographic study. Pedagogy, Culture & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14681366.2021.1934090

Keywords

  • Autoethnography
  • Cantonese opera
  • Chinese music
  • Community music
  • Informal music learning
  • Music education

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