Department of Music
Gender differences in instrumental learning among secondary school students in Hong Kong
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.
Gender differences, Hong Kong, Instrumental learning, Music education
Source Publication Title
Gender and Education
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Ho, Wai-Chung. "Gender differences in instrumental learning among secondary school students in Hong Kong." Gender and Education 21.4 (2009): 405-422.