Review and analysis of the educational purposes of the official music curriculum for Hong Kong primary schools

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Abstract

This study aims to review the current primary music curriculum by identifying and analyzing the different levels of educational purposes advocated by Posner (1995). The current primary music syllabus was developed by the Curriculum Development Committee (1987) of the Education Department. In order to explain the syllabus and suggest ways of teaching and assessing, the Music Section in the Advisory Inspectorate of Education Department has written a handbook for music teachers (1993). This study tries to review the current primary music curriculum based on these two official documents. A model of curriculum structure of educational purposes was derived for a comprehensive understanding of the official aims of the primary music education. In addition, a number of observations were made, which include: the root of the aims in Primary music education is seen to be the musical experience. Students should be involved in various identified musical experiences so that they could gain delight, satisfaction and enjoyment. The musical experience should be supported by an awareness of musical elements and knowledge. The ultimate goal of music education should be a further development in moral, aesthetic, and social education including self-discipline, self-expression, concentration and co-ordination. Copyright © 2000 The Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong Institute of Education
Pages1-8
ISBN (Print)9629490382
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Citation

Leung, B. W. (2000). Review and analysis of the educational purposes of the official music curriculum for Hong Kong primary schools. In Proceedings of International Conference on Teacher Education 1999: Teaching effectiveness and teacher development in the new century [CD-ROM] (pp. 1-8). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education.

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