University of South Florida

School of Music

USF College of The Arts

C. Victor Fung

Professor of Music Education
Director of center for music education research
Coordinator and academic advisor of ph.d. program

Phone: (813) 974-2311
Office: MUS 315

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C. Victor Fung is Professor of Music Education at USF since 2004 and Director of the Center for Music Education Research since 2005. His responsibilities include coordinating the Ph.D. program, advising Ph.D. students, and teaching graduate courses such as Social Psychology of Music, Measurement and Evaluation in Music, Statistics for Music Educators, Qualitative Research Methods in Music Education, and Music in Higher Education, and the undergraduate course Global Music Pedagogy in Local Context. He was recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award (2017) at USF. His online courses were recognized as High Quality Gold Online Course Design (2023) by the USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education.

Fung is author of A Way of Music Education: Classic Chinese Wisdoms (Oxford University Press: 2018) and co-author of Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens (Oxford University Press: 2016) and Music, Senior Centers, and Quality of Life (Cambridge University Press: 2023). The 2016 book is being translated into Chinese, published by Shanghai Education Publishing House (2021). He also co-edited, and contributed chapters in, Meanings of Music Participation: Scenarios from the United States (Routledge, 2023) and The Oxford Handbook of Asian Philosophies in Music Education (forthcoming). He currently has two other books in progress. He has articles published in numerous professional journals, and he has served as a reviewer for fifteen such journals and as the editor for three. His recent research projects are in the areas of culturally diverse musical preferences and pedagogy, older adults' music participation, and Asian philosophies in music education. He has given over a hundred presentations at professional conferences across four continents and was a Fulbright researcher in Japan (2018). He has given open lectures and seminars at over thirty institutions in Brazil, China, Ireland, Japan, Turkey, and the United States.

Fung holds a Ph.D. in Music Education with minor areas in Ethnomusicology and Conducting from Indiana University, Bloomington. He was a Board Member for the International Society for Music Education, the College Music Society, and Florida Music Education Association. He is currently Chair of the Philosophy Special Research Interest Group (SRIG), National Association for Music Education (NAfME).