Music Education

The Master's Programme in Music Education provides competence training for you with extensive experience of music making. Thus it serves as a valuable meeting place for professionals active in different music areas.

The programme suits professional teachers in music or musicians with educational experience.

The programme is not offered during the academic year of 2019/2020.

Focus on Musical Knowledge Creation

The programme is founded in ongoing research in music education at KMH, which has musical knowledge formation as a profile. The profile is characterised by learning through music making, listening to music and peripheral experience of music.

The programme combines practical music education with teaching. The teaching is based on scientific critical reflection, mostly written, on musical knowledge creation.

Music education research also involves broader socio-cultural and psychological processes. This includes how music affects feelings, how it shapes world images, and how it plays a role in shaping identity and human co-existence.

Entrance Requirements

The Master's Programme in Music Education is open for students with a bachelor degree consisting of at least 90 ECTS from a music teacher programme or music science, or corresponding qualifications and professional experience of using music.

This programme leads to a Degree of Master in Music Education and the language of instruction is Swedish.

Admission takes place every two years.

Programme Content

In the Master's Programme in Music Education you will relate research results on musical knowledge formation to practical activities in education, health and culture. You thus have the opportunity to include practical music education linked to critical reflection on musical knowledge creation.

About some of the courses

The programme's first two courses are Music Education as Science and Practice and Musical Knowledge Formation in a Scientific Perspective. These are divided into three blocks:

  • Musical knowledge formation in practice and theory
  • Research
  • Academic writing

The courses are based on the participants' own experiences and practical examples, together with exercises for interview, survey and observation studies. In addition, you are expected to conduct scientific studies of practical musical/music education work. You will write short texts on musical knowledge formation based on Swedish and international research in music education.

In addition to traditional lectures, workshops and seminars, individual learning takes place in groups. You examine each other's articles. Peer review mellan kursdeltagare tillämpas kontinuerligt inom kurserna och ingår som en del i kursernas examinationer. Det ger studenterna överblick över kurserna på ett kollektivt plan samt bidrar till att de utvecklar sin egen kompetens som granskare.

The course Theory of Science and Scientific Method takes place term 2 through 4. You will develop a deeper knowledge of scientific theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, relationship between theory and methodology as well as reliability and validity. You will be writing scientific reports, and conduct a smaller study of musical learning in collaboration with practitioners. From the results of the study you should be able to draw conclusions about implications to develop the chosen field of study.

The course Theoretical Perspectives in Music Education is read during term 5 and 6. It provides a historical overview of the choice of questions, methods and perspectives in music education. You will develop your understanding of how social and scientific trends can affect the individual researcher's view of music, music education as practice and research fields and your role as a researcher. The aim is also to give an introduction to the theory and method development that has taken place in the field of musical knowledge formation.

Elective courses

Based on the individual skills of you and your fellow students in the field of musical knowledge formation, the curricula's elective courses enable an individually adapted study programme.

Independent project, degree project

The master's programme concludes with an independent project in which you must have completed a scientific survey, written a scientific report, and presented the report on two dissertation-like seminars.

After the Programme

Upon completion of the master's programme, you will have in-depth knowledge in, and understanding of, pedagogy as a knowledge and research area, in contemporary and historical terms, as well as relationships with neighbouring knowledge and research fields.

You also will have the ability to define a relevant research object. You will be able to independently implement and report a study of a research object, with relevant scientific approach—theoretical perspective and method. This also includes competence to draw conclusions on the implications of research results for education and training. All in all, the Master's Programme in Music Education gives the qualification for postgraduate education.

You will also be able to collaborate with practitioners in various development work, and be able to analyse evaluation and assessment criteria in music education activities.

The programme expands your possibilities to be employed in education, culture and healthcare.

  • Teaching form:

    Master programme

  • Department:

    Music education

  • Pace of study:

    Part time

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  • Admissions:

    No admission to the academic year 2022/23.

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