ICT in School Music Education in Taiwan: Experts, Experience and Expectations

By Mimi Hung-Pai Chen.

Published by The Arts Collection

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This research pertains to the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in primary school music education in Taiwan, where government policy has driven increased ICT use in the learning environment. The researcher conducted in-depth interviews with ten experts who were music teachers in primary schools and who specialise in the application of ICT. The respondents discussed their experience and expectations of using ICT in their teaching. A semi-structured interview was employed to obtain the information from the respondents.

The research found that these teachers had a positive attitude toward the application of ICT in music teaching. Even though there was a number of issues identified such as preparation time, limited support, and the confusion of music learning content involving ICT, all the respondents agreed that ICT has increased the quality of teaching. They also provided a range of strategies for applying ICT in music teaching, including use of the Internet, CAI, notation and sequencing programs, audio editing programs, PowerPoint, MIDI, digital pianos, and CDs/DVDs. Moreover, these teachers expected more support from the government and schools including: (1) ICT facilities and technical assistance; (2) a database of systematic teaching materials; (3) adequate teaching time; (4) further professional development; and (5) more attention to music education. This research can provide other music teachers with useful insight into ICT application. In addition, it provided recommendations for government and school administrators for further promotion and development.

Keywords: ICT, IT, Music Education, Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes, Primary School

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.117-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 661.222KB).

Mimi Hung-Pai Chen

PhD Candidate, School of Education, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Mimi Hung-Pai Chen is a PhD candidate in the School of Education at RMIT University, Australia. She received her B. Ed. and M. Ed. degrees in the Music Department, National University of Tainan, Taiwan in 1999 and 2006. She has worked as head of an IT department, and music and computer teacher in primary schools. Her research interests include music education, technology integrated education and the history of arts education. She has published in a number of journals, conference papers and books. She is active in professional associations such as ISME (International Society for Music Education) and ASME (Australian Society for Music Education).

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