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Cultivating Virtuous Character: The Chinese Traditional Perspective of Music Education

Yuhwen Wang

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195394733
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195394733.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Cultivating Virtuous Character: The Chinese Traditional Perspective of Music Education

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This article explores a distinctive way of thinking about and practicing music education, one that has been implemented for more than two thousand years throughout Chinese history. Chinese music education has traditionally been conceived in terms of ethical education—of cultivation of character and disposition rather than development in performing technique or musical knowledge. Music was considered an indispensable part of general education in ancient China, being one of the six basic subjects in the education of youth during and around the time of Confucius. The discussion considers the concept of music as a means of cultivating virtuous dispositions in Chinese literati legacy, as exemplified in the Yue Ji and practiced specifically in the tradition of the guqin, a seven-string zither-like instrument.

Keywords: Chinese music education; Yue Ji; guqin; Chinese music history; character cultivation

Article.  10020 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Music Education and Pedagogy

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