Conclusion and Implications: Values and Practices in Achieving the Chinese Dream in School Music Education

Wai Chung Ho*

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This concluding chapter will propose that what comes into clear view in China’s school music education is complex and contradictory, but also mutually constitutive, regarding the relationship between nationalism and multiculturalism in the interplay between communist ideology and contemporary values in the achievement of the Chinese Dream in music education. It will also revisit and restate conceptualizing pedagogical approaches to school music education as falling along a continuum: at one end is school music education as a political discipline, and at the other is the past as a site of cultural memory. There is also an eclectic mix of possible answers to why the state is trying to preserve traditional Chinese, Chinese socialist, and more collective values as it moves toward a new economic direction with the integration of popular music and other world music.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture, Music Education, and the Chinese Dream in Mainland China
EditorsWai-Chung Ho
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811075339
ISBN (Print)9789811075322, 9789811356506
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameCultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
ISSN (Print)2345-7708
ISSN (Electronic)2345-7716

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Chinese dream
  • Communisty education
  • Contemporary values
  • Core socialist values
  • Cultural activities
  • National propaganda
  • School music education


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