Wai-Chung Ho received her PhD in music education from the University College London Institute of Education, under the tutelage of Professor Lucy Green, and is now a professor in the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University. Her substantive research interests include the sociology of music, China’s education, and the comparative study of East Asian music education. Her research focuses on education and development, with an emphasis on the impact of the interplay between globalization, nationalization, and localization on cultural development and school music education. Wai-Chung is a frequent contributor to leading international research journals in the fields of education, music education, and cultural studies, and has been published in such top-ranked journals as Comparative Education, Popular Music & Society, Social History, British Journal of Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, and Music Education Research. Her book, Culture, Music Education, and the Chinese Dream in Mainland China (Springer, 2018), focuses on the rapidly changing sociology of music and music education as manifested in Chinese society. Wai-Chung’s present research project involves exploring China’s school music education in response to social change, culture, and creativity in evolving society. This project intends to examine the under-researched relationships between social transformation, cultural diversity, creativity, and education reforms.
In addition to her research and writing, Wai-Chung greatly enjoys her teaching responsibilities. She follows the aspect of the research-led teaching and learning principle, which sets out to examine the reality of university rhetoric concerning the relationship between research and teaching. Her teaching philosophy is also influenced and guided by humanistic approaches to learning and by experiential and socio-constructivist learning theories in the social world. Research-informed teaching and teaching-informed research are key to helping her ensure that students are taught in an engaging and challenging manner, as shown in her book Education, Society and Cultures (2016), which addressed student learning and teaching practices in Hong Kong’s higher education. Between 2018 and 2019, Wai-Chung created a knowledge transfer project titled “Developing the Creativity of Secondary School Students through Education in Music and the Arts”. This project intended to help students develop their creative and social life by increasing multicultural and creative diversity through music and arts education.