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.
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