2006．第21卷第1期（Vol. 21 No. 1）．pp. 120
In Search of Musical Talent in Schools in Hong Kong: An Overview of Different Perspectives
David W. CHAN（陳維鄂）
Current interests in the development of diverse talents in students have brought particular relevance and importance to the identification of musical talent in the Hong Kong school setting. An overview of different perspectives on what constitutes musical talent is first provided to set the stage for examining different assessment and identification approaches that emphasize musical aptitude, musical expression and performance, and creativity in musical tasks. It is suggested that the assessment of musical aptitude in terms of aural discrimination is a starting point, and should be followed by observation of students' creative interpretation in performance, improvisation, and composition. Other behavioral characteristics such as self-motivation and commitment crucial to talent development should also be taken into consideration in the identification process. Music education in Hong Kong and the corresponding musical talent identification procedures are then discussed in light of this overview.
Keywords: musical talent; music education; talent identification; Hong Kong