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From “teaching” to “learning”: E-learning has changed the focus of music education. The current situation and the development of digital music education trends in mainland China

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Since the 1990s, the digital wave has brought tremendous change to music education, not only in the world at large but also in mainland China in particular. In mainland China, this change is not only one of technical means, but also of educational perspectives and paradigms. This article highlights three kinds of changes that have occurred in music education reform, under the impact of multimedia teaching technology in contemporary China, and the problems that have resulted from these changes: First, the transformation of the teacher’s role – how music teachers shift from being the providers of musical resources to being music instructors for musical life; Second, the alternation of teaching patterns – how educational patterns alternate from cramming and teacher-centered approaches to conversational and interactive styles of education; Third, a heavy emphasis on the awareness of teaching resources – how the content of music education achieves the fundamental change from a “teaching” focus to a “learning” focus through the construction of resource pools and networks; Fourth, the construction of interactive long distance learning – long distance education developed with the emergence of multimedia and internet technology. The interactive technology of media and the internet promoted the formation of a global music education network; This paper argues that multimedia teaching technology has contributed greatly to the reform of music education in mainland China, motivating a foundational reconstruction of concepts, methods, and teaching content, and transforming the music education tradition from a “teaching”-centered to a “learning”-focused pattern. With the further development of multimedia technology and its application in the music field, the far-reaching influence generated by this motivation will become increasingly apparent.

Key words: “teaching” and “learning”, E-learning, musical life instructor, interactive education, music network

Biography Xie Jiaxing (PhD) is Professor and Director of the Music Research Institute of the China Conservatory. He is a board member of IMC and ISME , Director-General of the Chinese Music Education Society, and Standing Director of the Society for Music Aesthetics of China. He has published 7 monographs and over 100 papers.

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