Music Education

The Master's Programme in Music Education provides competence training for you with extensive experience of music making and thus 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.

Focus on Musical Knowledge Creation

The Master's Program in Music Education is strongly founded in ongoing research in music education at KMH, which has musical knowledge formation as a profile, characterised by learning through music making, listening and peripheral experience.

The programme thus combines practical music education with teaching based on scientific critical reflection on musical knowledge creation.

Written reflection on musical knowledge formation is a major part of the programme.

In addition, music education research involves broader socio-cultural and psychological processes, including 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.

The programme's first two courses in Music Education as Science and Practice and Musical Knowledge Formation in a Scientific Perspective 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 and 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.

The course Theory of Science and Scientific Method is about developing a deeper knowledge of scientific theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, relationship between theory and methodology as well as reliability and validity. This is done through the writing of scientific reports and the implementation of a smaller study of musical learning in collaboration with practitioners. From the results of this study you should be able to draw conclusions about implications to develop the chosen field of study.

The course Theoretical Perspectives in Music Education aims at providing a historical overview of the choice of questions, methods and perspectives in music education. This gives you the opportunity to 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.

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.

The master's programme concludes with a independent degree work in which you must have completed a scientific survey, written a scientific report (independent work), 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 have the ability to define a relevant research object and independently implement and report a study of this with relevant scientific approach (theoretical perspective and method). This also includes competence to draw consequences 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, among other things, be able to analyse evaluation and assessment criteria in music education activities. This underlines the expanded employability in education, culture and healthcare that you achieve by completing a master's degree in music education.

  • Teaching form:

    Master programme

  • Department:

    Music education

  • Pace of study:

    Part time

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