A comparative study of music education in Shanghai and Taipei: Westernization and nationalization

Wai Chung HO*

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Abstract

This study compares the music taught and its associated cultural values in Shanghai and Taipei primary and secondary schools. Both owe their cultural ascendancy to traditional Chinese music and western musicology. How do the music education systems of these two Chinese communities reflect their respective public cultures and political ideologies? Data from a sample of 3204 Shanghai and Taipei Chinese school students showed that tensions between classroom music activities and pupils' musical preferences arose from the difficult preservation of cultural and political identity in both Mainland China and Taiwan. Dilemmas concerning the use of music for patriotic and ideological purposes are also discussed in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-249
Number of pages19
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Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Music education
  • Taiwan
  • Western musicology

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