Breaking the dualism of art vs. pedagogy

Jonas presenting his work at NNMPF

As a part of the conference Nordic Network for Music Pedagogy Research in Copenhagen, March 2020, several members of the research group were involved during the symposium «Breaking the dualism of art vs. pedagogy»:

Kari Holdhus presented the overall project («School and Concert – From Transmission to Dialogue») and “Potensial and Challenges for Dialogue and Equity in Musician-Teacher Collaborations”. Jonas Cisar Romme presented «Success Factors and Obstacles in Dialogic Teacher-Musician Collaborations» and Catharina Christophersen commented and facilitated an open discussion. The symposium attracted interest from researchers, music educators and policy makers.

Highly relevant article about Musician-Teacher Partnerships now online

Image from IJEA website, visual abstract of the article

Research group member Ailbhe Kenny has published a new article in International Journal of Education and the Arts, The ‘Back and Forth’ of Musician-Teacher Partnership in a New York City School.

In the abstract, Kenny writes: Teaching artists are often a central feature of arts-in-education work in North American schools. This article examines a teaching artist’s engagement in one New York City school, with three classroom teachers, as part of the Philharmonic Schools program. Through a qualitative case study approach, musician-teacher partnership within one public school is problematized. Data was collected over seven months through in-class observations, classroom teacher and teaching artist interviews, and a teaching artist reflective log. Findings reveal how the classroom teachers and teaching artist journeyed together to deliver music in their classrooms, projected musician/teacher identities, negotiated roles within the partnership, created reflective spaces and mutually informed each other’s practice. Thus, the complexity of, but also the possibilities and pathways for, dialogic music-in-education partnerships are revealed.

Please go to IJEA to read more about this interesting research!

New article recommendation: Negotiating teacher-artist identities: “Disturbance” through partnership

Ailbhe Kenny, our research group member from Mary Immaculate College, University of Ireland, has recently published a new article on the topic Negotiating teacher-artist identities: “Disturbance” through partnership in collaboration with colleague Dorothy Morrisey. They write in the abstract:

This article troubles the notion of “disturbance” in relation to teacher-artist identities within partnerships delivering arts education in schools. As such, a visiting artist/teaching artist entering an educational setting “alters” the space and forces the negotiation of professional (and personal) identities. These “disturbances” can be advantageous for schools, teachers, children, young people, broader communities as well as the artists themselves in offering key learning and development opportunities. Too often however, such partnerships lack critical debate and examination. This article offers findings from an in-depth teacher-artist partnership study in order to contribute perspectives on understanding how teacher-artist identities are negotiated so as to potentially transform policy and practice approaches to arts education in schools. The Irish government-supported partnership initiative involved a residential summer course, in-school work, as well as review days with six teacher-artist pairs over 22 months. Data was collected and analyzed from across interviews, reflective diaries, in-school observations and evaluations to illuminate the partners’ learning journeys and negotiated identities within the initiative. Thematic findings reveal three overarching themes relating to (re)forming, inhabiting and projecting identity. It was found that both teacher and artist skills, knowledge and understandings can complement each other successfully where meaningful, sustained partnerships are invested in. The significant value of a dialogical and relational approach within the partnership holds interesting insights for policymakers, schools, arts agencies, teachers, and artists to inform future arts education partnership initiatives and policy approaches.

A recommended read indeed! Please go to Taylor&Francis online and download the article from Arts Education Policy Review.

Successful midway evaluation

On Wednesday 19 February many of the CCC research group attended PhD candidate Felicity Burbridge Rinde’s midway evaluation of her project on the use of music with newly arrived minority language pupils in Norwegian primary schools. The evaluation committee, Line Hilt from the University of Bergen and Eva Sæther from the University of Malmø, asked many exciting questions and gave a lot of constructive feedback. Rinde sums up:

This has been an important milepost on the horizon for a while, and it was an extremely positive experience to present my project, including glimpses from the ongoing ethnographic fieldwork, discuss methodology, and be challenged on certain points in the texts to the evaluation committee.

The afternoon was rounded off with a well-deserved dinner with research group colleagues in Bergen.

Felicity also presented some of the same material at the 20th NNMPF conference in Copenhagen in the beginning of March. Please stay tuned at the CCC blog site for updates on this groundbreaking research!

A new doctor in Culture – Criticism – Community

Øystein Kvinge had his doctoral defence the 18th October 2019 at the University of Bergen, Faculty of Psychology. The thesis is called Presentation in Teacher Educaton: A study of student teachers’ transformation and representation of subject content using semiotic technology, and consists of three articles and a synopsis. The articles are titled:

      1. Performing the Pre-Formed: Towards a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Teaching as Curricular Transformation, published in Designs for Learning (2018), 10 (1) pp. 29-39
      2. “Playin” the changes’ – A jazz approach to researching student-teachers’ PowerPoint presentations, published in Cogent Education (2018), 5
      3. Teaching represented: a study of student-teachers’ representation of the professional practice of teaching, published in the book Norsk og internasjonal lærerutdanningsforskning: hvor er vi? Hvor vil vi gå? Hva skal vi gjøre nå? (2018) Bergen: Fagbokforlaget

We congratulate our research group member with an impressing defence of high quality. We are looking forward to new research projects together in the time to come.

The FUTURED-project has now officially started

Photo: Tine Grieg Viig and Marthe Seljestad Berg-Olsen

The research project «Music Education for the Future» (FUTURED 2019-2022) started up with a kick off seminar 9th-10th September in Bergen, Norway with researchers from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and Oslo Metropolitan University in addition to guest researchers from Norway, Finland, Ireland and The United States.

The researchers presented the three work packages, and had response and critical comments from guests, steering group and advisory board members. This was helpful for moving on with the continuing work in all the different parts of the study. Data will be collected through a national survey and qualitative interviews with preservice teachers in Norwegian music teacher education, as well as through participatory action research with preservice teachers both on campus and in practicum in collaboration with a musician and a music teacher.

The purpose of the study is to map the current situation in Norwegian music teacher education and together with students develop tools to empower educators and preservice teachers to handle future challenges that music education has a potential to meet. Read more about the project here.

Catharina Christophersen is managing the project. Researchers from Culture, Criticism, Community involved in the project are Silje Valde Onsrud, Kari Holdhus, Tine Grieg Viig (postdoc), Eyolf Nysæther (Ph.D. candidate), Judy Lewis (guest researcher) and Ailbhe Kenny (guest researcher). Other researchers involved are Jan Sverre Knudsen (OsloMet), Bendik Fredriksen (OsloMet), Hanne Fossum (OsloMet), Jon Helge Sætre (NMH), and Heidi Partti (University of the Arts Helsinki).

From the discussions of the work packages. Photo: Catharina Christophersen.

Music in primary schools and social inclusion of immigrant pupils in Norway

This PhD project is a critical investigation of participatory music making as an arena for inclusion and community building in primary schools with intensive language classes for newly arrived immigrant pupils, exploring dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.

Norway has recently experienced a relatively large influx of immigrants that has led to rapid changes in its formerly fairly homogeneous society and school system. The national curriculum states that music as a school subject plays a central role in adapted teaching in an inclusive school, and that in a multicultural society music education has the potential to contribute to pupils’ positive identity formation through encouraging a sense of belonging to their own cultures and cultural heritage, as well as tolerance and respect for other people’s cultures.

To collect data, an ethnographic case study of music lessons and music activities in an urban primary school with an intensive language class is carried out, including:

  • Non-participant observation
  • Interviews with pupils, teachers and head
  • Field notes and researcher reflexive log
  • Pilot project participatory music workshops

The theoretical starting points of the study are:

  • Intercultural education (Portera, 2010)
  • Socialisation into educational settings that allows ‘newcomers’ to be active subjects in their new surroundings (Biesta, 2015)
  • Potential communities of musical practice (Kenny, 2016) in schools with intensive language classes
  • Building community through musical participation (Turino, 2008)
  • Musical action as a performative, social phenomenon (Bowman, 2007)
  • Inclusion and exclusion processes for minority language students in Norwegian schools (Hilt, 2016; Jortveit, 2014)

PhD-project leader: Felicity Burbridge Rinde

Project period: 2017 – 2021

Moments from the open seminar arranged by Culture, Criticism, Community 20th February 2019

The open seminar Student – teacher-artist collaborations: Developing multi-professional creative partnerships in schools was arranged by the CCC research group 20th February 2019 at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, campus Bergen. Here are some moments from the seminar. You find the whole program under News in this blog.

Ailbhe Kenny is sharing her experiences from a teacher-artist collaboration project in Ireland.
Jonas Cisar Romme and Kari Holdhus are sharing experiences from the Disko project at Stord, Norway.
Panel discussion with the audience moderated by Silje Valde Onsrud. In the audience there were teachers from schools, artists, researchers in the arts and people administering the Cultural Rucksack in Western Norway, funding artistic projects for schools.

Culture, Criticism, Community well represented at RIME 2019

Members of the CCC research group were well represented at RIME 2019, a conference for research in music education hosted by Bath Spa University 23rd – 26th April 2019 in England.

Tine Grieg Viig presented her completed doctoral thesis “The Dynamics of Creative Music Making: a sociocultural perspective on learning in creative musicking practices”.

Judy Lewis presented a paper called “Networks of musical meaning: exploring multimodal musical listening and its implications for musical teaching and learning”

Felicity Burbridge Rinde presented a poster of her Ph.D. project Music in primary schools and social inclusion of immigrant pupils.

Kari Holdhus participated in a panel discussion named “Expending the space for improvisation pedagogy in music. What can we learn from a transdisciplinary approach?”

Photo: Felicity Burbridge Rinde, Tine Grieg Viig, Kari Holdhus, Judy Lewis and Catharina Christophersen at the RIME conference 2019 in Bath.

For more information about the conference, have a look at this website: https://www.bathspalive.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=RiME2019&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=

Lykke Guanio-Uluru

Lykke Guanio-Uluru is Associate Professor of Literature at HVL. Her she currently teaches at the master and PhD levels at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and supervises MA and PhD students. Research interests and competencies include: narrative theory, fantasy literature, digital games aesthetics, ecocriticism, posthumanism and climate fiction. She has published Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer (2015) with Palgrave Macmillan and is co-editor of the anthology Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues (2018) published with Palgrave Macmillan UK.