Lily Chen-Hafteck is currently Professor of Music Education at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA. She is also Chair of the Faculty of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Originally from Hong Kong, she holds Ph.D. in music education from the University of Reading, U.K. and received postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and University of Surrey Roehampton, U.K. She also taught at Kean University, USA, Hong Kong Baptist University, University of Hong Kong, and at preschool, elementary and secondary schools in Hong Kong and Mozambique.
She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, including Oxford Handbook of Music Education and Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures. She has served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Music Education, Asia-Pacific Journal for Arts Education, Music Education Research International, Global Science and Technology Forum (GSTF), Journal of Music, Perspectives: Journal of the Early Childhood Music & Movement Association and Media Journal in Music Education. She has held leadership positions of International Society for Music Education (ISME) as member of its Board of Directors, chair of its Young Professionals Focus Group and Early Childhood Commission. She has also served as the Eastern Division Representative of the Early Childhood Special Research Interest Group, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and World Music Representative of California Music Educators Association (CMEA) State Council. She is the founder and director of the Educating the Creative Mind project, funded by National Endowment for the Arts; and a co-investigator and team leader of Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. She has recently received a Fulbright Research Award to conduct research in Hong Kong.