The paper reports on a preliminary investigation of the teaching of music by non-music specialists in preschools in Hong Kong. The study examines teachers’ attitudes and their self-perceived competency toward music teaching as well as the relationships between aspects such as competency, attitudes, age and teaching experience. A questionnaire survey was conducted with 49 serving teachers from five randomly chosen kindergartens in Hong Kong. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics, One-Way ANOVA with Fisher’s Least Significant Difference (LSD) post hoc tests, and Pearson product-moment correlation. Findings reveal that preschool teachers held moderate attitudes toward teaching music and their self-perceived competency in teaching music are moderately low, and teachers’ self-perceived level of competency varies significantly across age group and teaching experience. In addition, preschool teachers’ attitudes toward teaching music are found to be positively correlated with their self-perceived level of competency. Coupled with these findings, conclusion and implications for preschool teachers’ professional development in music are then drawn and discussed. Copyright © 2014 Arts Education Conference 2013. All Rights Reserved.
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2013|