In the Education Reform in Hong Kong, music is a discipline of study within the Art Education Key Learning Area. The music curriculum for primary and secondary schools takes on new considerations both in content and in implementation. Up to the present, the reform has been in place for over two years being introduced in 2000. The success of the implementation is governed by the contributions of various stakeholders including the schools, public bodies rendering educational services and supports and the education policy makers of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. A brief review of the state-of-the-art in schools will be presented, followed by an overview of the development of the music curriculum guide by the Curriculum Development Councial Committee on Art Education Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; a document which is currently in its final stage of consultation. The merits of the guideline and the possible challenges to music teachers in schools will be discussed. The new insights in the provision of music in primary and secondary schools requires a refreshing of music teacher education programmes, including those offered at Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Published - Jul 2003