The place of traditional music culture under the umbrella of music education in Hong Kong

Chi Cheung Lawrence LEUNG

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Abstract

Since 1997, Hong Kong has been a Special Administration Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China. Under the new government, there were numerous social, economical, and political changes. In music education, the issue of the teaching and preservation of traditional Chinese music culture becomes a hot subject of discussion. The issue is not limited to Hong Kong but also an issue of traditional music cultures in Asian countries with similar political and social background like that of Hong Kong. With reference to Fullan’s suggestion (1996), a preliminary model of factors affecting the place of traditional music in music education was developed. These factors include elements within and outside the school system. In this paper, an overview of the current situation of Hong Kong’s education with regard to traditional Chinese music will be examined and discussed. These factors are the existing education system and music curriculum, classroom teaching and extra-curricula within the school, the current situation of teacher-education and media, arts education policy, and government’s education policy. It is suggested that the implementation of policy for educational change can only be successful with collaboration from various sectors of the society. At the same time, the preservation of traditional music culture in music education can only find its place under the umbrella of music education with the joint effort of these factors. Copyright © 1999 Australian Society for Music Education NSW Chapter Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian Society for Music Education (ASME) XII National Conference Proceedings: Opening the Umbrella: An encompassing view of music education
EditorsNeryl JEANNERET, Kathryn MARSH
Place of PublicationBaulkham Hills, New South Wales
PublisherAustralian Society for Music Education
Pages130-136
ISBN (Print)095963049X
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Citation

Leung, C. C. (1999). The place of traditional music culture under the umbrella of music education in Hong Kong. In N. Jeanneret & K. Marsh (Eds.), Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) XII National Conference Proceedings: Opening the Umbrella: An encompassing view of music education (pp. 130-136). Baulkham Hills, New South Wales: Australian Society for Music Education.

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