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.

Funding of new research project

Members of the Culture, Criticism, Community-research group have received funding from the Norwegian Research Council to start up the project Music Teacher Education for the Future (FUTURED) autumn 2019 till autumn 2022. Catharina Christophersen (picture) is the manager of the whole project, while Silje Valde Onsrud, Kari Holdhus, Judy Lewis and Ailbhe Kenny participate in the different work packages. Collaborating partners are Viv Ellis from HVL/King’s College London, Jan Sverre Knudsen, Hanne Fossum and Bendik Fredriksen from OsloMet, Jon Helge Sætre from the Norwegian Music Academy, Heidi Partti from University of the
Arts Helsinki.

Here you can read more about the project: https://www.hvl.no/nyhende/12-mill-til-futured–forsking-pa-musikklararutdanning/

Project manager Catharina Christophersen, photo by Marthe Seljeset Berg-Olsen

“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, professor Kari Holdhus, Postdoc candidate Tine Grieg Viig and Ph.D. candidate Eyolf Nysæther. Three researchers from Oslo Metropolitan University (Jan Sverre Knudsen, Hanne Rinholm and Bendik Fredriksen), as well as guest researchers (Ailbhe Kenny, Judy Lewis, Jon Helge Sætre and Heidi Partti) are also involved.

Please find more information about the project at the FUTURED webpage.

 

 

 

Tine Grieg Viig

Tine Grieg Viig is an Associate professor in music education at the Department of Arts Education; Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. She holds a PhD in music education from the Grieg Academy, The Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen, and is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Music Teacher Education for the Future (FUTURED) project.

Grieg Viig’s background is from the field of music education, and she has in addition to her employment in higher education worked as a composer and choir conductor. She departs from a background influenced by jazz storytelling, seeking to explore sonic spaces both tight and open, harmonic and dissonant, experimental and conform, delving into how timbre, polyphonic and homogeneous lines can take shape in a continuously evolving soundscape. As a researcher and teacher, she is in particular interested in creative music making, critical music pedagogy approaches, and exploring how digital tools can provide new access points for music education in the 21st century.

Catharina Christophersen

Catharina Christophersen is professor of music education and principal investigator of the research project “Music Teacher Education for the Future” (FUTURED 2019-2022). 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 also taught in municipal 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, teacher education, creative partnerships, and popular music education.

Selected publications:

Havre, S., Väkevä, L., Christophersen, C. & Haugland, E. (2019). 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 36(1), pp. 21-32.

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: Norwegian Academy of Music (pp.

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.

Ferm Almqvist, C. & Christophersen, C. (2017). Inclusive arts education in two Scandinavian primary schools: a phenomenological case study. International Journal of Inclusive Education 21(5), pp. 463-474.