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Challenging policies and practices of musician-teacher collaborations

Welcome to the seminar Challenging policies and practices of musician-teacher collaborations. Convened by The Music Department and Centre for Arts, Culture and Communication, Bergen University College.

Altering educational space

Musicians entering educational settings alter the educational space, potentially adding elements of surprise, tension and/or interest. Such alterations can contribute to a discovery of new musical worlds, and can be hugely advantageous to schools, teachers, children, young people, broader communities and to the musicians themselves.

Too often however, such initiatives within education tend toward ‘victory narratives’. These dominant discourses ascribe the success of music-in-education initiatives to musicians’ presence and artistic abilities alone, thus ignoring what musical cultures, expertise and knowledge already exist within these settings prior to the intervention.

This is perhaps due to a perceived (or real) need to serve greater political agendas, satisfy multiple stakeholders, create employment opportunities and attract increased funding. Or perhaps it is due to a lack of criticality in the overall aims, functions and inherent values of such projects that are often presented as a ‘magic bullet’ for music education.

Critically explore musician-teacher collaborations

This seminar will critically explore musician-teacher collaborations within music education research. Drawing on contemporary international perspectives, the participants will explore the possibilities and pathways of such initiatives to open up discussion and stimulate debate about existing rhetorics that surround such collaborations.

This seminar is part of a research collaboration between music education researchers:

  • Catharina Christophersen (Bergen University College, Faculty of Education) 
  • Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland).

About the seminar

  • The purpose of the research is to critically explore and problematize artist-teacher-collaborations from a music education perspective.
  • The research seminar will include lectures and invited comments.
  • The audience are welcome to participate in a roundtable discussion at the end of the seminar.
  • The seminar will start with lunch.

Seminar participants:

  • Dr. Ailbhe Kenny (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)
  • Professor Catharina Christophersen (Bergen University College)
  • Associate Professor Kari Holdhus (Stord/Haugesund University College)
  • Associate Professor Silje Valde Onsrud (Director of the Center for Arts, Culture and Communication, Bergen University College).


The seminar will start with free lunch. Please register here for participating.