1st Edition

Culture, Creativity, and Music Education in China Developments and Challenges

By Wai-Chung Ho Copyright 2023
    234 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Ho's book explores music education in China, and how creativity, education reforms, and social transformation can be enabled through music. The essential elements of music discussed include perception and creativity, sources and stimulation, and the integration of musical creativity in diverse cultures and participation. It focuses on three Chinese cities; Changsha and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, which have creative industries, and Shijiazhuang, which has cultural industries.

    Readers will gain insights into the introduction of creativity into the Chinese education system through music, particularly during the pandemic. The author analyses official documents, selected music textbooks adopted by schools, questionnaire surveys, and in-depth interviews with both students and teachers. These interviews reveal the underbelly of the dilemmas of introducing creativity into schools through music education.

    The volume will be of interest to those keen to increase creativity in teaching through music, and researchers in the fields of creativity and music education. It will also interest students undertaking Chinese, teacher education, or music.

    1. Introduction: From a Personal Journal to Themes in Creativity and Music Education 2. The Power of Creativity in Chinese Culture and Education: Past and Present 3. Creativity, Culture, and Values in China’s Music Education 4. Chinese Students’ Views on Creativity and Creative Music Education 5. Teachers’ Perspectives on the Cultivation of Creativity in School Music Education 6. Discussion: Creative Teaching and Learning in the Chinese School Music Curriculum 7. Conclusion


    Wai-Chung Ho is a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. She has a PhD from the University College London, Institute of Education, United Kingdom.