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Selected Development Project
Project Title

Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools

Principal Investigator Professor Leung Bo Wah
Area of Research Project
Creative Arts and Culture Development
Project Period
From 10/2009 To 4/2013
  • To develop Cantonese opera artists and school music teachers teaching collaboratively in primary and secondary classrooms, and to
    nurture inexperienced music teachers in teaching Cantonese opera
  • To provide authentic training for music teachers with knowledge, listening and singing skills, appraisal, and appreciation of the genre
  • To research on the teaching and learning approaches and models of
    partnership teaching
  • To produce 3 CDROMs of teaching materials, and to organize schoo
    activities and inter-school exchanges to promote the partnership teaching approach
Methods Used
  • Teachers participated in workshops to learn basic knowledge and skills taught by an expert of Cantonese opera
  • Partnership teaching with school teachers and Cantonese opera artists was held annually for three academic years (2009–2012)
  • Teachers designed their teaching plans with advice from allocated artists
  • The teaching plans were co-taught by both the teacher and the artist for eight weeks, with feedback from education experts
Summary of Findings
  • Teachers and students have changed their beliefs on the value of Cantonese opera
  • Artists have learned about how to teach a group of students
  • Four partnership models with teachers and artists are proposed
  • Local Impact:
    - It involves 12 artists, 101 teachers and 4,617 students from 48 schools
    - Participating teachers and students have learnt and changed their values towards the genre
    - All HK schools are benefited from the CDROMs
    - Received the Knowledge Transfer Award from HKIEd, 2012
  • International Impact:
    - Reported and published in international conference papers, journals and books
    - Provoked the international academic field that teaching traditional art forms is crucial in cultural transmission
    - Received a Musical Right Award 2011 from the International Music Council (established by the UNESCO in 1949)
  • Leung, B. W. (2014). Teachers’ transformation as learning: Teaching Cantonese opera in Hong Kong schools with a teacher-artist partnership. International Journal of Music Education, 32(1), 119-131. DOI: 10.1177/0255761413491174
  • 梁寶華(2013):香港中小學粵劇教學研究:教師和藝人之協作和互動,輯於黃兆漢 (主 編),驚艷一百年:2013 紀念任劍輝女士百年誕辰粵劇藝術國際研討會論文集, (770-780),香港,中華書局。
  • Colley, B. D., Eidsaa, R. M., Kenny, A., & Leung, B. W. (2012). Creativity in music education partnership: Policies and practice. In G. McPherson & G. Welch (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of music education (pp. 408-425). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Leung, B. W. (2011). Misconception of teaching ethnic music: Employing a teacher-artist partnership approach in teaching Cantonese opera in Hong Kong schools. Paper presented in the 7th International Conference for Research in Music Education, Exeter, UK.
  • Leung, B. W., & Leung, E. C. K. (2010). Teacher–artist partnership in teaching Cantonese opera in Hong Kong schools: Student transformation. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 11(5).[online] website: http://www.ijea.org/v11n5/.
Biography of Principal Investigator

Professor Leung Bo-Wah is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, and Associate Dean (Quality Assurance & Enhancement) of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He is award winning professor of music for his research in incorporating Cantonese opera into formal music curriculum. He received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council of UNESCO in 2011 as well as the Knowledge Transfer Award from the HKIEd in 2012 for his leadership in a research project entitled “Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools”. During his tenure in HKIEd, Professor Leung has developed a teaching kit, Teaching Package on Creative Music Making in Schools, and a series of music textbooks for the general use of all schools in Hong Kong.

Professor Leung has published different research papers in leading journals and edited books including the International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, andthe Oxford Handbook of Music Education. His Chinese book, Teaching Creative Music Making: New trend for the new century (Excellence Pub., 2005), is Hong Kong’s first publication of creativity in music teaching and learning. A revised version of this book has been published in Beijing tackling the music curriculum reform of mainland China (People’s Music Publisher, 2014). His edited book, Creative Arts in Education and Culture: Perspectives from Greater China (co-edited with Samuel Leong, Springer, 2013) features the development of creative arts in the transforming region influencing the globe.

Other than his professional practice with HKIEd, Professor Leung is co-chair of the Research Commission of ISME and Board Member of Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), Adjunct Professor of Music at the Northeast Normal University, and co-editor of the eminent International Journal of Music Education and Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education. Professor Leung served as a Board Member of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), the Chair of the Music in School and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC) of ISME, Subject Specialist (Education and Performing Arts) of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications, and the founding President of the Hong Kong Association for Music Educators (HAME).

Professor Leung received two General Research Funds from the Research Grant Council in 2011 and 2014, and a QEF grant in 2009. He received his BA in music and PGDE from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1987 & 1991), MA in music education from Hong Kong Baptist University (1995) and PhD from the University of New South Wales (2002).

梁寶華教授現任香港教育學院文化與創意藝術學系教授及系主任兼博文與社會科學學院副院長 (質素保證及提升)。他致力將粵劇納入正規音樂課程而獲多個獎項,其領導的研究計劃「中小學粵劇教學協作計劃」,先後於二零一一年獲聯合國教科文組織國際音樂理事會頒發的音樂權益獎(Musical Rights Award)及二零一二年獲教院頒發知識轉移獎。任職教院期間,梁教授編著了一套教材《學校音樂創作教材套》及一系列適合本港學校需要的音樂教科書。

梁教授曾於多份國際知名學術期刊發表論文,包括:《International Journal of Music Education》、《Research Studies in Music Education》、《Music Education Research》、《Pedagogy, Culture & Society》、及《the Oxford Handbook of Music Education》。梁教授出版的《音樂創作教學:新世紀音樂教育新趨勢》(卓思,2005),更是本港首部關於音樂創意教學的書刊。北京人民音樂出版社亦邀請梁教授出版一個更新版本以回應內地音樂課程改革(2014)。梁教授亦與梁信慕教授合編一本題為《Creative Arts in Education and Culture: Perspectives from Greater China》的書刊(Springer, 2013),展示大中華地區的藝術教育和文化發展。

梁教授現任國際音樂教育協會研究委員會主席、亞太音樂教育研究研討會(APSMER)籌委會委員、東北師範大學音樂學院客座教授、《International Journal of Music Education》及《Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education》之聯席主編。梁教授曾任國際音樂教育協會理事及在其轄下的學校音樂及教師教育委員會主席、香港音樂教育家協會創會主席,與及香港學術及職業資歷評審局教育及演藝學科專家。


Funding Source

Quality Education Fund