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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Music

Title

Gender differences in instrumental learning among secondary school students in Hong Kong

Language

English

Abstract

This paper examines the extent of gender differences, and discusses the role of gender in musical instrument learning. It focuses on the collective instrumental experiences of 1493 Chinese students (774 boys and 719 girls attending grades 7-13) within Western and non-Western musical traditions in Hong Kong. The discussion draws attention to gender differences in the learning of Chinese and Western musical instruments, in musical interest and instrumental learning, and in the reasons why students learn or do not learn musical instruments. The paper argues that, while female and male students exhibit different attitudes towards the types of instruments learnt, significant correlations exist between their interest in music and parental support for their instrumental learning. Gender is brought to the fore by the pedagogical actions of the teacher, the mass media and by parental efforts to reduce gender bias and stereotypes through school, public and family education. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Keywords

Gender differences, Hong Kong, Instrumental learning, Music education

Publication Date

2009

Source Publication Title

Gender and Education

Volume

21

Issue

4

Start Page

405

End Page

422

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

ISSN (print)

09540253

ISSN (electronic)

13600516

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