Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Music

Title

Gender differences in instrumental learning, preferences for musical activities and musical genres: A comparative study on Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei

Language

English

Abstract

This study focuses on the collective musical practices of boys and girls within Western and non-Western musical traditions in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei. Participants were 3,864 Chinese students (1,902 boys and 1,962 girls) attending Grades 4 - 9. No significant differences were found for students' self-reported musical learning in the three Chinese communities. Most children based their preferred learning on instruments and activities based on Western music, and stated that mostly preferred popular music. Nonetheless this study found significant differences between boys and girls with regard to the types of Chinese and Western instrumental learning, participation in extra-curricular activities and musical preferences. Findings pose challenges for the music education systems and highlight the need for providing both boys and girls should with a wider choice of instruments to select from and also encouraging children to participate in varied musical activities as well as learn a wider, more comprehensive range of musical styles in schools. © 2003 Callaway International Resource Centre for Music Education.

Publication Date

2003

Source Publication Title

Research Studies in Music Education

Volume

20

Issue

1

Start Page

60

End Page

77

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1321103X030200010401

ISSN (print)

1321103X

ISSN (electronic)

18345530

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