Nourishment and content: The effect of active participation in an Xianshi music ensemble on preservice teacher's understanding and attitude toward Chinese music

Chun Hoi Daniel NG

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Abstract

Research reinforces the importance of experiential activities in exerting a positive influence on pre-service teachers' attitudes toward musical genres and cultures. This paper presents a case study that demonstrates the effects of active musical participation in one indigenous Chinese music genre, the Xianshi music, on pre-service teacher's understanding and attitude toward Chinese music. In this study, the pre-service teacher, whom the researcher will call Helen, was one of the pre-service teachers from a three-year longitudinal study of 14 pre-service teachers and the researcher studied at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (1998-2001). In year 1 of the study, Helen's initial exposure to Xianshi music was through formal lectures. Pre and post reflective comments were used to investigate her understanding and acceptance of Xianshi music and Chinese music. During year 2 and 3, Helen had first hand experience on music making in Xianshi music by participating in the HKIEd's Xianshi music ensemble. Three structured interviews were conducted to determine the effects of her participation in the Xianshi music ensemble on her views about Xianshi music and Chinese music. Results show that through continuing exposure of a first hand experience in Xianshi music, Helen was able to think critically and developed a more sophisticated understanding and appreciation of Xianshi music and Chinese music. Implications for Chinese music education will be discussed in the paper. Copyright © 2003 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCurriculum innovation in music
EditorsLai Chi Rita YIP , Chi Cheung LEUNG , Wai Tong LAU
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherDept. of Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Pages279-283
ISBN (Print)9629491346
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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Pre-service Teachers
Ensemble
Participation
Music
Hong Kong
Longitudinal Study
Reflective
Music-making
Acceptance
Musical Genre
Music Education
Education

Citation

Ng, D. C.-H. (2003). Nourishment and content: The effect of active participation in an Xianshi music ensemble on preservice teacher's understanding and attitude toward Chinese music. In L. C. R. Yip, C. C. Leung, & W. T. Lau (Eds.), Curriculum innovation in music (pp. 279-283). Hong Kong: Dept. of Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education.