UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Lum Chee Hoo

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group
National Institute of Education

Chee Hoo teaches courses primarily related to research in music education and primary music education. He is the co-ordinator for UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), part of a region-wide network of Observatories stemming from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Action Plan. He is also the programme co-ordinator for Masters in Education (Music) at NIE.

A recipient of the Overseas Graduate Scholarship from NTU-NIE, Chee Hoo completed his doctorate in Music Education at the University of Washington. He had previously been awarded the Sorensen Memorium, Boeing, Irvine Endowment Scholarships, the Lee Kuan Yew and the Association of Nanyang University Graduates Gold Medals.

Chee Hoo's research interests include children's musical cultures and their shifting musical identities; the use of media and technology by children, in families, and in pedagogy; creativity and improvisation in children's music; elementary music methods and world musics in education.

Chee Hoo’s current involvement as PI (Principal Investigator) and Co-PI (Co-Principal Investigator) in grant projects include: i) Performing arts centres as experiential educational setting, ii) Preserving culture, tradition and heritage: A song reminiscence project with senior citizens of Singapore, iii) An examination of creative music making in the general music programme (GMP), iv) Teaching diverse learners: Conceptualizations and pedagogies of preschool teachers, v) Arts research for students and teachers 2 (Arts 2), vi) Images of practice in Arts Education in Singapore.

Chee Hoo is currently an associate editor with IJEA (International Journal of Education and the Arts). He has published an edited book, school textbooks, instructional web manual, book chapters, journal articles and made numerous conference presentations at local and international settings. His selected publication list can be found at: http://www.nie.edu.sg/profile/lum-chee-hoo


Samantha Vu
Research Associate, Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group
National Institute of Education


Samantha has a multidisciplinary background in Library Science and Archives (Master of Information Studies) from Nanyang Technological University-Singapore and Communications (Bachelor of Mass Communications) from National University of Singapore . She enjoys interacting with artists and researching on marginalized visual arts, immigrant communities, personal archives, and cultural heritage. She is also interested in participatory arts as a tool to preserve and promote the education of cultural heritage which ultimately contributes to national identity and knowledge.


Tse Zhuoying Natalie Alexandra
Research Assistant, Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group
National Institute of Education
Natalie graduated with a Masters of Arts in Music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts with Merit in Communications and New Media from the National University of Singapore. She is also a musician with ethnic experimental trio - SA(仨), who seeks to explore and experiment with soundscapes using her primary instrument – the guzheng with electronic modulation and live looping. Her research interest is in early childhood music education, with a particular focus in incorporation of ethnic music and instruments holistically into children’s musical play in pre-schools.  

Internal Advisory Group, National Institute of Education

Professor Teng Piang-Siong, Paul
Dean, Graduate Programmes and Research
Eric Peter Stead
Senior Lecturer (Music), Visual and Performing Arts
Eugene Dairianathan                                     
Head (Music), Visual and Performing Arts
Prudence Ellen Wales
Assistant Professor (Drama), Visual and Performing Arts
Charlene Rajendran
Assistant Professor (Drama), Visual and Performing Arts
Leong Lai Keun                                                        
Senior Lecturer (Dance), Physical Education and Sports Science

External Advisory Group

Yeow Ju Li
Deputy Director, Arts & Heritage Development
Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth
Julie Tan
Singapore Music Teachers Association
Caren Carino
Head, Dance Department,
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Lucy Davis
Assistant Professor
School of Art, Design and Media
Nanyang Technological University
Chua Ai Liang
Director, Audience Development
National Arts Council
Madonna Stinson
Senior Lecturer
School of Education and Professional Studies
Griffith University
 Mrs Rebecca Chew
Singapore Teachers' Academy for the aRTs (STAR)


Tai Shuxia

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UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education

Block 03 03-51A

National Institute of Education

Nanyang Technological University

1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616

Tel: (65) 6219 6084