Popular music education in Hong Kong

A case study of the Baron School of Music

Authored by: Hei Ting Wong

The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472464989
eBook ISBN: 9781315613444
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042013

10.4324/9781315613444.ch9

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Abstract

Cantonese popular music – Cantopop – is unique to Hong Kong, penetrating local lives and spaces through various media. Until recently, locals considered Cantopop as a means of entertainment and a source for identity construction, but not as a topic for study at college or school. Similarly to the inclusion of popular music education in other parts of the world (Till, chapter 2, this volume), Cantonese popular music was implemented much more recently in local schools than Western classical music. Prior to popular music elements being introduced to the music curricula of local mainstream secondary schools in 2009, popular music industry insiders began operating private music schools to teach instruments and singing in the Cantopop style. Currently five of these schools remain in operation; one of these is the Baron School of Music (BSM).

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