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“Transmission and Transformation of Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong: From School Education to Professional Training”

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Abstract This presentation aims to introduce the concept of transmission of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong from school education to professional training. Starting with an introduction of the nature and characteristics of Cantonese opera with audio-video support, different studies will be reported including an interview study on the transmission of the genre through the oral tradition, a study on teacher’s transformation of their beliefs and perception of teaching the genre, a study on students’ transformation of their learning motivation, and a study on how professional artists are trained in the modern academy. From the studies we can derive a big picture on how the genre can be transmitted through professional training and audience building, which may provide references for other genres.

Bio Currently Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Dr Bo-Wah Leung received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council of UNESCO in 2011 for his leadership in a research project entitled “Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools”. Leung is a prolific writer and has published different research papers in leading journals and edited books. He also serves as Board Member of International Society for Music Education (ISME) and Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), co-editor of the International Journal of Music Education: Practice, founding co-editor of Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, and Specialist (Performing Arts and Education) of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic & Vocational Qualifications.

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