“Music Teacher Education for the Future”

The project “Music Teacher Education for the Future” will critically explore general teacher education (GTE) music programs in Norway. The basic assumptions underlying the project is that music teacher education must relate to societal needs and challenges, and that educational approaches must cater for versatile musicianship, learning styles, and critical reflection. The project aims to challenge status quo, as well as to develop innovative and collaborative practices that can foster pre-service music teachers’ critical and democratic capacities, as well as future music teacher agency. The project is organized into three work packages (WPs): 

(1) Mapping the current situation within music teacher education;

(2) Developing spaces for critical reflexivity and agency within the education;

(3) Developing collaborative, innovative and interactive music education practices within schools

The research design will draw upon action research, and theoretical perspectives combine insights from critical (music)pedagogy, educational philosophy, cultural studies, and public pedagogy. The results will be combined into a comprehensive overview of music teacher education. Other research outcomes will be curriculum development, new assessment methods and exploratory teaching approaches. Outcomes will be communicated to academic and non-academic audiences.

The project group includes the following researchers from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences: Professor Catharina Christophersen (project leader), professor Viv Ellis, associate professor Silje Valde Onsrud, and associate professor Kari Holdhus. Three researchers from Oslo Metropolitan University (Jan Sverre Knudsen, Hanne Fossum and Bendik Fredriksen), as well as guest researchers (Ailbhe Kenny, Judy Lewis, Jon Helge Sætre and Heidi Partti) are also involved.


 


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.