The preservation of local traditional musics: A dilemma of policy and practice in music education

Lai Chi Rita YIP, Chee Kwong Kenneth YIP

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Abstract

The preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage has become an important issue in Hong Kong. The tangible part relevant to music education refers particularly to music instruments while the intangible part refers to the music itself and the environment which nurtures it. Although Hong Kong had been under British rule for more than 100 years and was returned to China in July 1997, various regions in Hong Kong locally still possess their own traditional musics such as Cantonese opera, Nanyin and other village songs which are unique to the regions. With the modernization of the city to accommodate the growing population, this environment is gradually being demolished and the musics are being extinguished. The preservation of these local regional traditional musics through music education is imminent. The dilemma of policy and practice in music education, however, in respect to these types of music is discussed in this paper. Copyright © 2009 University of Melbourne.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-107
JournalJournal of Artistic and Creative Education
Volume2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

Citation

Yip, L. C. R., & Yip, C. K. K. (2008). The preservation of local traditional musics: A dilemma of policy and practice in music education. Journal of Artistic and Creative Education, 2(2), 90-107.

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