The Confucian Value of Harmony in Music Education in Relation to Songs

Wai Chung Ho*

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This chapter will examine the interactions between social harmony and historical memory and how Confucian values shape education, focusing on the ways in which the governing politics of Mainland China have handled diversity in music education in the context of the globally oriented economics of China today. The introduction of Confucian education can be viewed, to a large extent, as illuminating some form of ideological justification in national education and music education. Through song teaching in music education, despite different focuses and dimensions, the Chinese Government has adopted the pragmatic Confucian doctrine of education, including love for the homeland, praise of parenthood, and recognition of individuals’ responsibilities to the nation, to family, and to themselves, to consolidate state power.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture, Music Education, and the Chinese Dream in Mainland China
EditorsWai-Chung Ho
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages36
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

  • Confucian values
  • Global peace
  • Harmonious society
  • National and minority cultures
  • Official songs
  • School music education
  • Traditional Chinese culture


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