Dunhuang and Contemporary Music Education

  • Yu Danhong (余丹红)
Part of the Spirituality, Religion, and Education book series (SPRE)


This chapter examines the historical evidence of music and music education in Dunhuang during medieval times in China. The researcher summarizes and categorizes the historical documents and discusses their possible connections with music education today. Based on the evidence and analysis, the chapter explores the adaptation of Dunhuang artifacts as curriculum content for music history, as a sociological study of the impact of music, and as examples of multicultural music. In addition, the role of music education in the development and sustainability of cultural heritages is explored. The chapter studies the responsibilities and purposes of music education in the larger social context of cultural transmission and human development.


Dunhuang frescoes Music education Musical dance Music instruments Cultural heritage 


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  • Yu Danhong (余丹红)
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  1. 1.Music Education DepartmentCurator of Shanghai ConservatoryShanghaiChina

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