Teaching Music History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: Course Content, Textbooks, and Online Tools

Joseph E. Jones


This essay is divided into three sections, each addressing an issue related to teaching the undergraduate music history survey. I begin by suggesting the obvious: that the way we title our courses should accurately describe their contents. The choice between teaching “Western art music” and “music in Western culture” might significantly alter an instructor’s approach and the students’ perspectives. In the second section, I explore the merits of traditional textbooks compared to more focused readings that favor depth over breadth of knowledge. Finally, I share reflections on various online tools and their potential value to teaching and learning.


Music History; East Asia

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ISSN 2155-109X