|Bo Wah Leung|
ISME has, over the past 50 years, achieved outstanding success in promoting music education, particularly in developing countries. In the new century ISME should be further developed by recruiting more members from Asia, especially mainland China which has over 200,000 music teachers in this region alone. Music education in Asia is in its developmental stage and needs further support from an international organization. Research is needed to improve the quality in practical teaching and learning. Based on the strengths and knowledge in the West, a unique philosophy in music education for Asia should be encouraged with an understanding of Oriental cultural, historical and social contexts. If re-elected I would encourage better understandings between East and West through publications, regional conferences, seminars, and other communications. I would see it as my responsibility to help facilitate these initiatives. Further development in southern Asia, such as India and Pakistan would be my aim.
Dr Bo Wah Leung is award winning professor of music for his research in incorporating Cantonese opera into formal music curriculum. Currently Associate Professor of Music Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) where he joined as a member of music faculty in 1995, Leung received the prestigious Musical Rights Award from the International Music Council of UNESCO in 2011 as well as the Knowledge Transfer Award from the HKIEd in 2012 for his leadership in a research project entitled "Collaborative Project on Teaching Cantonese Opera in Primary and Secondary Schools". During his tenure in HKIEd, he has also made significant achievement in developing pedagogy in creative music making for Hong Kong schools, which encourages students' pro-active involvement in creative musical activities in class. This important research has been resulted in a publication of teaching kit of "Creating Music Making in Schools" and a series of music textbooks for the general use of all schools in Hong Kong. Leung is a prolific writer and has published different research papers in leading journals and edited books including the International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Education. Other than his professional practice with HKIEd, Leung also serves as Adjunct Professor of Music at the Northeast Normal University of China, Board Member of International Society for Music Education (ISME) and the Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research (APSMER), founding President of the Hong Kong Association of Music Education, founding co-editor of Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, and reviewer of the International Journal of Music Education (Research). Leung received his PhD from University of New South Wales, Australia.