Behind the scenes of music education in China: a survey of historical memory

Wai Chung HO*

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This study explores how the government of mainland China values Chinese nationalism as a component of its historical memory and traces its relationship with music education from the twentieth century to the global age within broader social contexts. In a rapidly commercializing and modernizing China, nationalism remains the main driving force shaping Chinese music education, while historical nationalism and familial relationship have been reinforced by the current regime's educational socialization. Love for country and family and an emphasis on nationalism and Confucianism are the pragmatic tools employed by Chinese authorities to maintain their primacy in and power over education, particularly song teaching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-688
Number of pages16
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Linguistics and Language

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese nationalism
  • communist values
  • historical memory
  • music education
  • national humiliation
  • social changes


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