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This is the research blog of the research group Culture – Criticism – Community (CCC). The group is an interdisciplinary and international research group that gathers researchers with a critical research interest.The purpose of our research is to raise critical discussion and challenge existing assumptions, ideas and practices within the field, thus ultimately contributing to change. Through various empirical and theoretical approaches, our research projects aim to explore arts education, cultural expressions, cultural participation, community arts and arts communities.Keywords: Culture, criticism, community, context, diversity, participation, equality, justice, and democracy.

Members:  Silje Valde Onsrud (leader), Kari Holdhus, Ingvild Digranes, Sigrid Jordal Havre, Tine Grieg Viig, Øystein Kvinge, Felicity Burbridge Rinde, Synnøve Kvile, Katrine Heggstad, Catharina Christophersen, Jan-Kåre Breivik, Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick), and Judy Lewis (Thornton School of Music, University of South California).

 

Social justice, arts education and community arts

The research group Culture – Criticism – Community invites to an open research seminar: “Social justice, arts education and community arts”
Friday October 19th, 09:00-12:00, room C114 (auditorium 5).

0900-0910: Introduction (Silje Valde Onsrud)
0910-1000: The art of listening: What 20 ten-year-olds taught me about social justice (Judy Lewis)

(Short break)

1010-1100: Contextualizing social justice
– Experience of (in)justice and an imperative to care: Contextualizing social justice within arts education (Judy Lewis and Catharina Christophersen)
– Exploring social justice through artistic research (Tine Grieg Viig)
– Making music and research with children in asylum seeker centres (Ailbhe Kenny)
– How heteronormativity can limit students’ musical expressions (Silje Valde
Onsrud)
– Preservice music teachers as agents of change (Catharina Christophersen)

(Short break)

1115-1130: Comment from a perspective of Lived Democracy (Kjellrun Hiis Hauge)
1130-1200: Discussion

The Dynamics of Creative Music Making: A sociocultural perspective on learning in creative musicking practices

The compilation thesis entitled The Dynamics of Creative Music Making: A sociocultural perspective on learning in creative musicking practices investigates how learning in creative practices can take shape and be facilitated when children and adolescents create music. Continue reading “The Dynamics of Creative Music Making: A sociocultural perspective on learning in creative musicking practices”

Seminar about gender and aesthetic education

25th September 2018 Culture, Criticism, Community arranged a seminar in Collaboration with the RETELL research group and the research group for Game, Play and Participatory Learning. The seminar gathered relevant issues for today’s educational contexts – formal and informal – from different points of view. Studies from media sciences, social sciences, language, literature og music education were presented.

The picture shows Synnøve Skarsbø Lindtner (University of Bergen) analyzing democratic aesthetics in the TV-series Skam (Shame). Photo: Silje Valde Onsrud.

Silje Valde Onsrud

Silje Valde Onsrud is director of Center for Arts, Culture and Communication at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and holds a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Bergen. She teaches and supervises in the music education program and in the Ph.D. program Studies in Bildung and Pedagogical Practices at the Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, campus Bergen. Her research interests include gender issues and social justice in musical practices and musical content, like song repertoir. She is specialized in gender theory, qualitative research, ethnographic fieldwork, discourse analysis, and narrative inquiry.

Selected publications:

Onsrud, Silje Valde 2017. “And the melody still lingers on”: Om danningspotensiale i ein discolåt. Nordic Network for Music Education Research, Yearbook 18 Oslo: NMH-publication

Onsrud, Silje Valde 2015. Gender Performativity through Musicking: Examples from a Norwegian Classroom Study. Nordic Network for Music Education Research, Yearbook 16 Oslo: NMH-publication

Tine Grieg Viig

Tine Grieg Viig is currently working as an Assistant head of department at the Department of Arts, Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her research areas are music education, creative musicking practices and artistic research. She has been employed as a music educator in higher education and as a choir conductor, composer and arranger. Her PhD project is entitled The Dynamics of Creative Music Making: A Sociocultural Perspective on Learning in Creative Musicking Practices.

Sigrid Jordal Havre

Sigrid Jordal Havre is Assistant Professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, campus Stord, Norway, and a doctoral researcher of music education at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. Her research and teaching area is game-based music learning, music and media technology, online music learning, and popular music education. In her doctoral thesis she investigates various aspects of learning in commercial video games, online game culture, and social networks.

Kari Holdhus

Associate Professor
Kari Holdhus
Music education

Kari holds a Ph.D. in music education from 2014, with the monograph ”Star Experiences or Gymhall Aesthetics?
 – A study of visiting concerts in schools”.

She is currently project-leader of an innovation project on Norwegian professional visiting concerts, “School and concert – from transmission to dialogue”(DiSko), which is founded by the Norwegian Research Council. This project runs for four years from 2017.

Kari’s research interests are centered around communication processes between musicians and teachers in visiting music practices and musical partnerships, and she also researches the connections between quality conceptions and relativism in music education, especially addressing higher music education and community music education.

She is a contributor to the IMTE – research project (improvisation in teacher education) in writings and research activities. Kari is appointed Norwegian national coordinator in European Association for Music in Schools (easmusic.org)for the years 2018 and 2019. Kari was the leader of a MA in creative learning processes from 2013-2016, and she currently teaches and supervises within this program.

Selected publications:

Holdhus, K. (2018). Teacher–Musician Collaborations on the Move: From Performance Appreciation to Dialogue. In Altering the Chord. Possibilities and Pathways for Musician-Teacher Collaborations, edited by Ailbhe Kenny and Catharina Christophersen. London: Routledge.

Holdhus, K., Espeland, M. (2017). Music in future Nordic schooling. The Potential of the Relational Turn.European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education. Vol. 2, 02. http://www.ejpae.com/index.php/EJPAE/issue/view/3

 

Catharina Christophersen


Catharina Christophersen is professor of music education and leader of the strategic research program “Arts, Creativities and Cultural Practices at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences at campus Bergen, Norway. She holds a PhD in music education from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She has a background as a generalist music teacher in primary schools and has previously taught in schools of music and performing arts. She teaches and supervises music education students on undergraduate and graduate level. She has presented in international conferences and has published in international journals, volumes and books. Her research interests include music in schools, creative partnerships, popular music education and higher music education.

Selected publications:

Havre, S., Väkevä, L., Christophersen, C. & Haugland, E. (in press). Playing to learn or learning to play? Playing Rocksmith to learn electric guitar and bass in Nordic music teacher education. British Journal of Music Education.

Christophersen, C. & Kenny, A.(eds) (2018). Musician-Teacher Collaborations: Altering the Chord. New York: Routledge.

Christophersen, C. (2017). Challenging music teacher education in Norway: Popular music and music teacher education. In Nielsen,S. G. & Varkøy, Ø: (eds). Educational Research in Music: Perspectives from Didaktik, Sociology and Philosophy. Oslo: NMH. 2

Christophersen, C. & Gullberg, A.K (2017). Popular Music Education, Participation and Democracy: Some Nordic Perspectives. In G. D. Smith, Z. Moir, M. Brennan, P. Kirkman, & S. Rambarran, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education (pp. 425-438). Abingdon: Routledge.