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Journal: 
British Journal of Music Education
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Angela Hao-Chun Lee
Refereed: 
Yes
Volume No.: 
23
Issue No.: 
2
Page numbers of article: 
205-216
Year of publication: 
2006
Country of publication: 
UK
Country of Research Data: 
Taiwan
Language: 
English
Abstract: 
There has been little research conducted on Taiwanese Aboriginal music education in comparison to Aboriginal education. C. Hsu's Taiwanese Music History (1996) presents information on Aboriginal music including instruments, dance, ritual music, songs and singing, but information on music education practices is lacking. The examination of historical documentation shows that music education was used by both the Japanese government and Christian missionaries to advance their political and religious agendas. This paper will examine the development of the music education of Aborigines in Taiwan from the mid nineteenth century, when Christian missionaries first came to Taiwan, until the end of the Japanese protectorate (1945). I shall discuss how the missionaries from Britain and Canada successfully introduced Western religious music to Aboriginal communities by promoting various activities such as hymn singing and religious services. The paper will then look at the influence of government policy on Aboriginal music education during the colonial periods. These policies affected both the music taught in elementary schools and the teaching materials. 
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