Proposing an assessment framework for Cantonese operatic singing after reviewing the current practices in Hong Kong and Guangdong, China

Yue LUO, Bo Wah LEUNG

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Abstract

For decades, the transmission of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong and China has faced considerable challenges, including a lack of valid assessment. This study aims to propose a holistic theoretical framework for the assessment of Cantonese operatic singing after 1) analysing two graded examinations of Peking opera and Cantonese opera and 2) interviewing ten Cantonese opera experts and their students from Guangdong and Hong Kong. Findings reveal that the designs of the existing graded examinations in xiqu are still developing; multiple problems exist in the daily assessment practices including: 1) dependence on subjective perception, 2) a focus on the assessment of performance skills and a lack of multidimensionality, and 3) an inclination to momentary judgment and a lack of sustainability in assessing and documenting students’ progress. Suggestions include introducing criterion- and standard-based assessments and increasing cooperation between artists and education experts, which may further promote the inheritance, popularity, and development of this traditional art form. Copyright © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMusic Education Research
Early online date10 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Dec 2022

Citation

Luo, Y., & Leung, B.-W. (2022). Proposing an assessment framework for Cantonese operatic singing after reviewing the current practices in Hong Kong and Guangdong, China. Music Education Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14613808.2022.2156490

Keywords

  • Xiqu
  • Cantonese opera
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Assessment framework
  • Traditional music
  • Transmission
  • PG student publication

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