Dr CHEN, Chi Wai   陳智偉
Assistant Professor
Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
Phone No: (852) 2948 7547
Email: cwchen@eduhk.hk
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0003-1506-6136
Phone
(852) 2948 7547
Email
cwchen@eduhk.hk
Address
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Scopus ID
55521358400
Research Interest

Music Technology and Musical Creativity

Mobile Learning and Motivation

Artifical Intelligence and Data Analytics in Music Education

Popular Music Education

Jazz Music and Pedagogy

Music Composition and Improvisation

Music Theory and Analysis


External Appointment


Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Music Education (IJME) (2016-present)


Editorial Board member of the Media Journal of Music Education (MJME)

Commissioner, Research Commission, International Society of Music Education (ISME) (2016-2022)


HKCAAVQ subject specialist (2016-present)

External examiner of the Higher Diploma in Popular Music and Music Production at OUHK-LiPACE (2018-present)

One committee member of the DSE music curriculum at EDB (2013-2019)

Subject committee member of the DSE music curriculum at HKEAA (2012-2018)

Proofreader of DSE music exam paper at HKEAA (2012-present)

International Programme Committee member of HKAECT conference (2021-present)







Other Activities

PhD supervision (2022). POON, Tsz Wai Pearly . Sing by Ear: A Study of Motivation, Informal Learning, and Musicianship of Popular Music Education in Hong Kong (completed)

Personal Profile

Dr. Jason Chen graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music Degree, majoring in composition and piano with a 4-year scholarship. He later furthered his musical studies at the Hong Kong Baptist University, receiving the Master of Arts (majoring in composition and electro-acoustic music) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education (majoring in Music) respectively in 2000 and 2002. A composer, pianist and researcher, he studied jazz piano and arranging with Prof. Kim Park, and composition under the tutorship of Prof. James Mobberley and Prof. John Chen, and has written over 40 compositions including works for orchestra, chamber music, electroacoustic music and writing music for TV commercials, movie soundtrack. His works have been published by Warner music, Universal music, Capital Artist, What’s music, EEG Records and Hong Kong Composers' Guild. His composition Global Warning for 12 Guitars has been selected by the Hong Kong Composers' Guild to represent the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) at the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in 2015.

Jason is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Education University of Hong Kong. He had extensive experience in curriculum development and program management as program leader for BEd, BME and sub-degree music program for 15 years. As chair of the Departmental Research and Development Committee (DRDC) from 2017-19, he was the UoA coordinator to prepare for the RAE 2020. He received his PhD in music technology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia, researching on composing for film and the media. He has received General Research Fund (GRF) supported by Research Grant Council (RGC) to study compositional thinking in popular and classical music and Knowledge Transfer (KT) Fund to develop a curriculum in using i-Pad to compose for secondary school. His recent publication includes a book chapter published by Springer in AI and music education and working on a data analytics project in big data and music education. His articles have been published by the top-ranked journals - International Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Education Research, Oxford Handbook of Music Technology and Education.

He was the jury panel for New Generation Concert, conducted various workshops for HKAPA, HKCG and EDB and received composition commission from Musicarama 2011. He has served as the external assessor and one committee member for the DSE music curriculum at EDB (2013-19). He is the editorial board member of the International Journal of Music Education (IJME) and Media Journal of Music Education (MJME). He is appointed as the research commissioner (2016-22) of International Society of Music Education (ISME) and subject specialist by HKCAAVQ (2020-23). He is a recipient of the Dean's Research Output Prize 2015-16, Dean's Knowledge Transfer Prize 2018-19 and awardee of the International Outstanding E-learning Award 2017-18.

Research Interest

Music Technology and Musical Creativity

Mobile Learning and Motivation

Artifical Intelligence and Data Analytics in Music Education

Popular Music Education

Jazz Music and Pedagogy

Music Composition and Improvisation

Music Theory and Analysis


External Appointment


Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Music Education (IJME) (2016-present)


Editorial Board member of the Media Journal of Music Education (MJME)

Commissioner, Research Commission, International Society of Music Education (ISME) (2016-2022)


HKCAAVQ subject specialist (2016-present)

External examiner of the Higher Diploma in Popular Music and Music Production at OUHK-LiPACE (2018-present)

One committee member of the DSE music curriculum at EDB (2013-2019)

Subject committee member of the DSE music curriculum at HKEAA (2012-2018)

Proofreader of DSE music exam paper at HKEAA (2012-present)

International Programme Committee member of HKAECT conference (2021-present)







Other Activities

PhD supervision (2022). POON, Tsz Wai Pearly . Sing by Ear: A Study of Motivation, Informal Learning, and Musicianship of Popular Music Education in Hong Kong (completed)

Selected Output

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Chapter in an edited book (author)
Chen, C. W. J. (2021). AI in music education: The impact of using artificial intelligence (AI) application to practise scales and arpeggios in a virtual learning environment. In W. W. Ma, K. Tong, & W. B. A. Tso (Eds.), Learning environment and design: Current and future impacts (307-322). Singapore: Springer
Chen, C. W. J. (2018). Compositional Thinking in Classical Music Within a Computer-Mediated Composition Environment. Evelyn Orman, Celebrating 50 Years of the ISME Research Commission (282-298). Dubai, UAE: Canadian University Dubai
Chen, C. W. J. (2016). Glocal Group Creativity: Mapping the Creative Process of A cappella in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom using the Musical Creativities Framework.. Graca Boal-Palheiros, International perspectives on research in music education (60-72). United Kingdom: International Music Education Research Centre (iMerc)
Chen, C. W. J. (2016). Mobile Learning: The effectiveness of using the application ireal pro to practise jazz improvisation for jazz studies minor students . In S. L. Wong (Ed.), Multiple approaches in E-learning (21-28). Hong Kong: Department of Cultural and Creative Arts
Chen, C. W. J. (2015). Mobile learning and the ICT in music education in Hong Kong. In A. Ruthmann & R. Mantie (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Technology and Music Education (1-12). New York: Oxford University Press
Chen C. W. J. (2013). The New Awareness of Canto-Jazz in the Jazz Arrangement Project. In S. Leong, & B. W. Leung (Eds.), Creative Arts in Education and Culture: Perspectives from Greater China (69-81). Dordrecht: Springer
Chen, C. W. J. (2008). The creative process of a digital film scoring project: Building bridges between popular and classical music. In C. C. Leung, R. Yip, & T. Imada (Eds.), Music Education Policy and Its Implementation: An International Perspective (Chapter 13). Japan: University of Hiroski
Chen, C. W. J. (2004). The policy and interrelationship of the supporting organizations in music composition in Hong Kong.. D. Forrest, The Puerto Papers (1-14). Spain: International Society of Music Education
Textbook (author)
Chen, C. W. J. (2009). "The musical characteristics of Sam Hui”. Web-based Learning and Teaching Materials for the New Senior Secondary Music Curriculum. . Hong Kong: Arts Education Section, Curriculum Development Institute, EDB

Journal Publications
Publication in refereed journal
Chen, C. W. J. & O’Neill, S. A. (2020). Computer-mediated composition pedagogy: Students’ engagement and learning in popular music and classical music. Music Education Research, Online First, 1-17
Chen, C. W. J. (2019). Mobile composing: Professional practices and impact on students’ motivation in popular music. International Journal of Music Education, Online first, 1-12
Chen, C. W. J. & Lo, K. M. J. (2019). From Teacher-Designer to Student-Researcher: a Study of Attitude Change Regarding Creativity in STEAM Education by Using Makey Makey as a Platform for Human-Centred Design Instrument. Journal for STEM Education Research, 2(1), 75-91
Chen, C. W. J. (2017). Group creativity: mapping the creative process of a cappella choirs in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom using the musical creativities framework. Music Education Research, Online First, 1-12
Chen, C. W. J. (2015). Mobile learning: Using application Auralbook to learn aural skills. International Journal of Music Education, 33, 244-259
Chen C. W. J. & Lee H. W. (2013). A pilot study of using jazz warm up exercises in primary school choir in Hong Kong. Music Education Research, 15(3), 1-20
Chen, C. W. J. (2012). A pilot study mapping students’ composing strategies: Implications for teaching computer-assisted composition. Research Studies in Music Education , 34 (2), 157-171

Conference Papers
Invited conference paper
Chen, C. W. J. (2016, 7). Glocal Group Creativity: Mapping the Creative Process of A cappella in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom using the Musical Creativities Framework. Paper presented at the International Society of Music Education (ISME) Research Commission Seminar , London
Refereed conference paper
Chen, C. W. J. (2021, 1). Group creativity: E-Learning in rock music education. Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium XIII Creativity: The Good Life, Spirituality, and the Natural Progression of the Universe, Tampa, Florida USA
Chen, C. W. J. (2019, 7). Mobile composing: Professional practices and impact on students’ motivation in popular music. Proceedings of the APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research) ISME Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Macau
Chen, C. W. J. (2018, 7). Compositional Thinking in Classical Music Within a Computer-Mediated Composition Environment. International Society of Music Education (ISME) Research Commission Seminar, Dubai
Chen, C. W. J. (2015, 7). Mobile learning: using Auralbook to learn aural skills. Proceedings of the APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research) ISME Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Hong Kong
Chen, C. W. J. (2013, 7). Chinese Jazz: How do student musicians learn jazz improvisation in a Chinese cultural setting in Hong Kong?. Proceedings of the APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research) ISME Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Singapore
Chen, C. W. J. (2010, 8). Teach popular music locally or globally? Implementation of the popular music curriculum in Hong Kong . Proceedings of the ISME (International Society for Music Education) 29th World Conference, Beijing, China
Chen, C. W. J. (2007, 7). Multi-musicality – different approaches in the creative process of computer-assisted composition. Proceedings of the APSMER (Asia-Pacific Symposium on Music Education Research) ISME Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Bangkok, Thailand
Chen, C. W. J. (2006, 7). A comparative analysis between the creative process of computer-assisted composition and multi-media composition. Proceedings of the ISME (International Society for Music Education) 27th World Conference, Kuala Lumper, Malaysia
Chen, C. W. J. (2006, 7). Building the gap between popular and classical music in the use of musical styles in a "Digital Film Scoring Project". Proceedings of the ISME (International Society for Music Education) Commission on Music in Cultural, Educational & Mass Media Policies, Hong Kong
Chen, C. W. J. (2005, 7). Pedagogical framework in the creative process of multi-media composition: Visual stimulus and musical accent.. Proceedings of the Australian Society for Music Education, Melbourne, Australia
Chen, C. W. J. (2004, 11). Multi-Media Music Project: Building Bridges between Visual Skills and Musical skills. Proceedings of ATMI (Association of Technology in Music Instruction)/ CMS (College Music Society) Conference , San Francisco, United States
Chen, C. W. J. (2004, 7). The policy and interrelationship of the supporting organizations in music composition in Hong Kong. The Puerto Papers, Tenerife, Spain

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
Performance and participation in exhibits
Chen, C. W. J. (2015). Global Warning for 12 classical guitars. Resonating Colours 4 (CD compliation by Hong Kong Composers). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Composers' Guild and Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Chen, C. W. J. (2012). Jazz Arrangement (幸福摩天輪) for HKIEd Jazz Ensemble. Hong Kong: Invited public performance by Melody Makers' at Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Concert Hall
Chen, C. W. J. (2011). "Global Warning" for Hong Kong Guitar Orchestra . Musicarama 2011. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Composers' Guild (HKCG) commission work
Chen, C. W. J. (2009). Jazz Arrangement (Summertime, Watermelon Man, How Insentitive, What a Wonderful World and Spain) for HKIEd Jazz Band and Chamber Choir. Hong Kong: Public Performance at Kwai Ching Theatre
Chen, C. W. J. (2007). Jazz Arrangement (How High the Moon, The Girl From Impanema) for HKIEd Jazz Band. Hong Kong: Public Performance at Kwai Ching Theatre
Chen, C. W. J. (2006). Chinese Drum for 4 speakers. “Electronic music by Hong Kong Composers” at the Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Composers’ Guild
Chen. C. W. J. (2006). June Fourth for Violin and Piano. "Contemporary Music Demonstration Workshop" at Tsuen Wan Town Hall. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Composers' Guild
Chen, C. W. J. (2005). Jazz Arrangement (Autumn Leaves, Desafinado, and Take Five) for HKIEd Jazz Band. Hong Kong: Public performance at Hong Kong City Hall, Theatre
Chen, C. W. J. (2000). The Voice of God (3 movements) for Voice and Orchestra. Hong Kong: Performed by HKBU orchestra

All Other Outputs
Review of books or of software
Chen, C. W. J. (2021). Reviewer of article PR 20 0050 International Journal of Music Education.. International Journal of Music Education: Research. Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2021). Reviewer of article PR 20 0111 International Journal of Music Education.. International Journal of Music Education. Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2021). Reviewer of article PR 20 0127 International Journal of Music Education.. International Journal of Music Education. Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2021). Reviewer of article PR 20 0140 International Journal of Music Education.. International Journal of Music Education: Research. Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2021). Reviewer of article PR 20 0194 International Journal of Music Education.. International Journal of Music Education: Research. Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2013). Guest Reviewer of article ERR/29.03.13/1459. Educational Research and Review
Postgraduate research theses
Chen, C. W. J. (2007). The Creative Process of Computer-assisted Composition and Multimedia Composition-visual Images and Music. PhD thesis. Melbourne, Australia: RMIT University
Other outputs
Chen, C. W. J. (2022). Reviewer of article PR 21 0017 International Journal of Music Education . Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2022). Reviewer of article PR 21 0109. International Journal of Music Education Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2022). Reviewer of article PR 21 0137. International Journal of Music Education Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2022). Reviewer of article PR 22 0076. International Journal of Music Education Sage
Chen, C. W. J. (2020). Reviewer of article PR 20 0044 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2020). Reviewer of article PR 19 0113 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2019). Reviewer of article PR 19 0053 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2019). Reviewer of article PR 19 0091 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2019). Reviewer of article PR 19 0033 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2019). Reviewer of article PR 18 0067 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2019). Reviewer of article PR 18 0059 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2018). Reviewer of article BJET-0468 British Journal of Educational Technology..
Chen, C. W. J. (2018). Reviewer of article PR 18 0015 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2018). Reviewer of article PR 17 0080 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2018). Reviewer of article PR 17 0058 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2018). Reviewer of article PR 17 0047 International Journal of Music Education..
Chen, C. W. J. (2017). Reviewer of article PR 17 0018 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen C. W. J. (2017). Reviewer of article BJET-0489 British Journal of Educational Technology.
Chen, C. W. J. (2017). Reviewer of article PR 16 0070 International Journal of Music Education. .
Chen, C. W. J. (2017). Reviewer of article PR 16 0071 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen C. W. J. (2017). Reviewer of article PR 16 0052 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2016). Reviewer of article PR 16 0027 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2016). Reviewer of article PR 15 0108 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2015). Reviewer of article PR 15 0030 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2015). Reviewer of article PR 14 0108 International Journal of Music Education.
Chen, C. W. J. (2007). Guest Reviewer of article "The impact of policies on the musical development and education of the future generation".

Project

Computer-mediated Composition Pedagogy: Engagement in Popular Music and Classical Music (Dean's Research Prize)
This empirical study examines the engagement in composing popular music and classical music by post-pre retrospective assessment of 44 Hong Kong secondary students within a computer-mediated composition environment in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, Canada.

This study aims to identify a correlation between engagement in music learning and computer-mediated composition. This correlation indicates three areas to emphasise in music curriculum development: 1.connection beyond the music learning in computer-mediated composition; 2.sustainability beyond learning in both type situation in classical and popular music; and 3.the idea of re-composing in popular versus classical and classical versus popular as hybrid composition. At the end of this paper, hybrid pedagogy in computer-mediated composition is suggested to have a deeper understanding of both the classical and popular music.

Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Chi Wai 陳智偉
 
i-Learning: Develop a Curriculum in Using iPad to Compose Music for Secondary School Students in Hong Kong (KT fund)
The aim of the study is to develop a curriculum and teaching materials using Garageband application on i-pad in composing music which is suitable for most of the music teachers and students in Hong Kong. You are chosen as one of the participants to learn i-pad as a musical instrument, songwriting and arranging in this study. A motivation study will be conducted with pre-test and post-test survey for 180 students at Form one from Oct 2017 to May, 2018. The test will only last for 5-10 minutes during the music lessons. The potential benefit of the student is that each of the participants will learn how to use Garageband to compose their own song at the end of the project. No potential risk is anticipated in this study.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Chi Wai 陳智偉
 
Music Composition Intelligence: An Empirical Study to Observe Compositional Approaches and Compositional Thinking during the Creative Process of Computer-assisted Composition in Secondary School (GRF)
To further investigate the compositional thinking in secondary students aged from 14(F.3) to 15 (F.4) during their computer-mediated composition at a secondary school in HK, this empirical research is a one-year study to capture their cognitive thinking style and composing strategies through collecting quantitative data (file analysis) and qualitative data (reflective journals, individual interviews and compositional sketches)
Project Start Year: 2016, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Chi Wai 陳智偉
 
M-learning in Music Education: An Exploratory Study of Primary and Secondary Music Teachers' Concerns, Expectations and Resources about Mobile Learning in the Music Curriculum in Hong Kong (IRG)
This research project will be implemented in two phases. In the first phase, a survey will be conducted among primary and secondary teachers to determine their concerns and expectations regarding the implementation of mobile learning for the music curriculum. Concerns such as equipment set up, financial burden, maintenance, classroom management, technical support, and teacher training will be included in the first part of the survey. Expectations such as e-textbook design, e-learning resources, interactive functions, learning at students’ own pace, self-directed learning, and blended learning will be included in the second part of the survey.
Project Start Year: 2014, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Chi Wai 陳智偉
 
Dean's Research Fund: A pilot study of primary and secondary pre-service music teachers’ concerns and expectations about mobile learning in the music curriculum in Hong Kong
In the digital era, the use of mobile learning resources to enable students to learn interactively at their own pace has become a major trend in global education. To promote mobile learning, the Hong Kong government launched the ‘e-Textbook Market Development Scheme’ in June 2012, though which the government allows some schools to procure more than 100 iPad units for teachers to use as interactive teaching and learning tools in different subjects, including music, in primary and junior secondary schools. However, little is known about how mobile learning can be integrated into the music curriculum in Hong Kong.

An exploratory study was conducted to study the perceptions, concerns and expectations of pre-service music teachers using mobile learning in music education. Surveys and focus group interviews were conducted with 60 pre-service music teachers at a tertiary institution in Hong Kong. Based on the concerns and expectations of these pre-service music teachers regarding mobile learning for the music curriculum, a simulation model was proposed. Using the framework by Pachler, an ecology of mobile music learning for pre-service music teachers is suggested to assist instructional design of music curricula and course design in teacher education.

Project Start Year: 2013, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Chi Wai 陳智偉
 
EDB Quality Enhancement Grants for Creative Media Lab (HK$1,998,000)
To set up a creative media lab with 20 music workstations for researching
interdisciplinary studies in media arts and music technology such as digital film scoring to study the creative process of students from various musical backgrounds.

Project Start Year: 2009, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Chi Wai 陳智偉
 
Prizes and awards

Dean's Knowledge Transfer Prize 2018-19

Date of receipt: 23/4/2019, Conferred by: Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS)
 
International Outstanding e-Learning Awards (國際傑出電子教學獎)(2017/18)
The Knowledge Transfer (KT) project 'i-learning: develop a curriculum in using iPad to compose music for secondary school students in Hong Kong' in collaboration with our MA(ME) graduate Mr. Lie Ho Fung, Zeralano at the HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary School has received a Merit award in the General e-learning application stream of the International Outstanding e-learning Awards (2017-18) organized by HKU (Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering). https://sites.google.com/view/kt-project-mobile-composing/home
Date of receipt: 22/6/2018, Conferred by: e-Learning Development Laboratory, University of Hong Kong
 
Dean's Research Output Prize 2015-16
This study is to investigate the effectiveness of the application Auralbook to facilitate mobile learning in aural skills.
Date of receipt: 15/4/2016, Conferred by: Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (FLASS)