Fotomontage. Foto: Mira Åkerman.

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NNMPF 2019: Futures of Music in Higher Education

The Royal College of Music in Stockholm welcomes you to the 24th conference of NNMPF, Nordic Network for Research in Music Education. This year's conference theme is: Futures of Music in Higher Education.

Time: Main conference: 26 February 13:00 - 28 February 15:15.
Preconference: 25 February 13:30 - 26 12:00 February.

Place: KMH, Valhallavägen 105, Stockholm

Programme, keynotes

The final programme will be available shortly. Our keynotes will be:

26 February

Reflection, Challenge, and Change: Legacies and Relevance in the Education of Twenty-first Century Musicians. David E. Myers, University of Minnesota.

27 February

Thinking Globally about Musicianship in a Decolonising Era. Tina K. Ramnarine, Royal Holloway, University of London.

28 February

The Role of “Bildung” in Academic Music Teacher Education – Decline or Transformation?Jürgen Vogt, University of Hamburg.

Fees and registration

Last day for registration is 15 February 2019. Registration for the conference is binding, and the fee will be invoiced.

  • Conference fee: 2 500 SEK, doctoral students 1500 SEK
  • Preconference fee: 600 SEK
  • Conference dinner 27 February: 500 SEK



Two hotels nearby KMH have special offers for our conference participants, Scandic Parkexternal link and Hotell Morningtonexternal link. Please note that there are possibilities to get even better prizes when booking your room directly.

Scandic Park

1 370 SEK/night/room, breakfast and VAT included.
Last day for reservation 25 January., reference code: 46867348

Hotell Mornington

1 590 SEK/night/room, breakfast and VAT included.
Last day for reservation 25 January., reference code: 190225 KMH

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Welcome, start of conference


KEYNOTE 1. David E. Myers (University of Minnesota), Reflection, challenge, and change: Legacies and relevance in the education of twenty-first century musicians




Risk factors for sexual harassment in higher music education (Sigrid Røyseng; Commentator Monica LIndgren)

Choral conductor learning trajectories (Dag Jansson & Anne Haugland Balsnes; Commentator Ragnhild Sandberg Jurström)


Woman and professor in music education – work experiences and ethical dilemmas (Carina Borgström Källén; Commentator Sigrid Röyseng)

Formidling som fag: Hva er formidling og hvordan bli en god formidler? (Anders Dalane & Roy A. Waade; Commentator Lia Lonnert)




ROUND TABLE 1. Vad kan det musikpedagogiska forskningsfältet erbjuda framtidens musiklärar-utbildningar? (Annika Falthin, Annette Mars, Karl Asp, Carina Borgström Källén, Susanna Leijonhufvud, Johan Nyberg, Sverker Zadig & Cecilia Ferm Almqvist)

SYMPOSIUM 1. The social dynamics of musical upbringing and schooling in the Norwegian welfare state – DYNAMUS (Petter Dyndahl, Ingeborg Lunde Vestad, Friederike Merkelbach, Live Weider Ellefsen, Odd Skårberg, Kari Manum, Sidsel Karlsen & Siw G. Nielsen)


End of day


Buffet in Erling Persson atriet

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08.45(08.45-09.30) Thinking, being, teaching, and learning with Spotify – Aspects of existential and essential musical Bildung through listening (Cecilia Ferm Almqvist; Commentator Eva Georgii-Hemming)Being talented – becoming a musician (Ellen M. Stabell)Musical junctions: An exploration of joint musicking in an intercultural music practic (Camilla Kvaal)Are orchestral/performing musicians artists or handicrafts (wo)men? (Øivind Varkøy, Elin Angelo, Christian Rolle &
Stefan Gies)
09.20(09.30-10.15) Music in their time: Social sustainability in Nordic music education (Karl Asp; Commentator Sidsel Karlsen)Leaving the Music Classroom: A Study of Attrition from Music Teaching in Norwegian Compulsory School (Bendik Fredriksen)Meanings of cultural patterns within Swedish and German classrooms (Simon Stich)Politics, parents and priorities in a music talent program (Geir Johansen)
Retoriska, strukturella och relationella förutsättningar. Iscensättning av en socialt rättvis musikundervisningspraktik? (Anna-Karin Kuuse)Inte bara musik. Om elevers positionerande i grundskolans musikklassrum (Mikael Persson)In defense of the artwork in future music education – or, how we have misinterpreted Christopher Small (Hanne Fossum & Øivind Varkøy
11.00Why do we make the child the problem? An invitation to a renewed discussion on the learning situation in the musicalclassroom (Anna Backman Bister & Mats Uddholm; Commentator Cecilia Ferm Almqvist)Understanding voice shame – A necessary competence for professional voice users (Tiri Bergesen Schei; Commentator Karin Johansson)The Equalizer – Amplifying artistic resonance and reducing mental dissonance in artistic processes (Anna-Karin Gullberg; Commentator Odd Skårberg)Lærerfellesskapet i faget Sal og scene som profesjonelt kunnskapslandskap (Solveig S. Kolaas; Commentator Sven-Erik Holgersen)
11.45Musikalisk eller social utveckling – ett samarbetsprojekt mellan grundskola och musiklärarutbildning (Lia Lonnert & Anna Linge; Commentator Anna Backman Bister)Teachers’ understandings of intonation in music performance education. (Anne Katrine Bergby; Commentator Stefan Gies)Sound in a historic perspective: From the sound of technology inprocess to the use of sound as a compositional tool in recorded popular music (Eirik Askerøi; Commentator Karl Asp)Online or Offline? Developing a pilot blended instruction for ear-training at Finnish university (Mónika Benedek; Commentator Geir Johansen)
13.30KEYNOTE 2. Tina K Ramnarine (Royal Holloway, University of London), Thinking Globally about Musicianship in a Decolonising Era

14.45Flere farger Frøyakunstfag for inkludering i minoritetsspråklig gruppe (Anne-Lise Heide; Commentator Ketil Thorgersen)Reflection, artistic research and higher music education (Karin Johansson & Eva Georgii-Hemming; Commentator Anna-Karin Gullberg)Including refugees in Sweden’s Art and Music Schools: Practiceand policy discourses (Adriana di Lorenzo Tillborg & Live Weider Ellefsen; Commmentator Maria Westvall)Music professionals as music teachers in Waldorf schools: Individual competencies and challenges for teacher education (Ragnhild Eller; Commentator Mats Uddholm)
15.30Upgrading the music skills of kindergarten staff in music kindergartens through theory, not practice: A possible trajectory? An action research study in a Norwegian music kindergarten (Kirsten HalleNora & Bilalovic Kulset; Commentator Carina Borgström Källén)Representations and legitimations of quality and knowledge in entrance auditions to Swedish music teacher education (Ragnhild Sandberg-Jurström, Monica Lindgren & Olle Zandén; Commentator Øivind Varkøy)Making place for traditions- an ethnographic study on the construction of folk- and world music within higher education in Sweden (Ingrid Hedin Wahlberg; Commentator Annette Mars)Music and social transformation: Exploring ambiguous musical practice in a Palestinian refugee camp (Kim Boeskov; Commentator Anders Rønningen)

ROUND TABLE 2. Aesthetic judgment and music related argumentation competence: Empirical modeling and didactic considerations (Olle Zandén, Julia Ehninger, Jens Knigge & Christian Rolle)
SYMPOSIUM 2. From research to policy to practice: Promoting accessibility in the Finnish basic education in the arts system (Marja-Leena Juntunen, Tuulikki Laes, Hanna Kamensky, Sanna Kivijärvi & Tuulia Tuovinen)
18.15Break/NNMPF board meeting
19.30Dinner in Erling Persson atriet

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09.00”Crossroads” – Når blueskultur møter universitetskultur (Anders Rønningen, Bård Gunnar Moe & Geir Salvesen; Commentator Anna-Karin Gullberg)Creating ideas for making music (Erkki Huovinen; Commentator Sven Bjerstedt)The art-school didactic bridge (Ketil Thorgersen; Commentator Christian Rolle)Wind and wood (Markus Tullberg; Commentator Ellen M. Stabell)
09.45Having the right to soundscape the world (Camilla Jonasson; Commentator Live Ellefsen)Young children composing opera – An adaptation of the Write an Opera -method for kindergarten (B. Solveig Fretheim; Commentator Marja-Leena Juntunen)Can the subsubjects speak? The lack of arts diversity in the discourse of kulturskole (Elin Angelo & Gry O. Ulrichsen; Commentator Ylva Hofvander Trulsson)Vibrato free singing and ingressive phonation: A clinical study (Lisa Fornhammar; Commentator Erkki Huovinen)
10.30Coffee/Book presentation
11.00KEYNOTE 3. Jürgen Vogt (University of Hamburg), The role of “Bildung” in academic music teacher education – Decline or transformation?

13.00En kordirigents opplevelse av sangundervisning med jentestemmen i endring, med Ricoeur som filosofisk-metodologisk navigatør. (Runa Hestad Jenssen; Commentator Maria Wassrin)Pupils’ perceptions of added music teaching in a Finnish primary school classroom (Marja-Leena Juntunen; Commentator Cecilia Ferm Almqvist)Återkoppling i enskild instrumentalundervisning på musiklärarutbildning (Ragnhild Sandberg-Jurström; Commentator Annika Falthin)
13.45Music improvisation as an aesthetic event: Towards a transactional approach to meaning-making (Christina Larsson; Commentator Tuulikki Laes)Kulturskolelæreryrket – framveksten av nye profesjoner? En kvalitativ undersøkelse av utdanningsfeltets forståelser av kulturskolen og kulturskolelærerprofesjonen (Gry Sagmo Aglen; Commentator Elin Angelo)Teaching and learning of musical interpretation in Western art music within higher music education (Carl Holmgren Commentator; Commentator Hanne Fossum)
14.30Att spela rummet – En möjlig väg att ge blivande förskollärare verktyg för att arbeta med improvisation och komposition med barn? (Maria Wassrin)Neoliberal politics of basic education in the Finnish National Core Curriculum: Music education as a challenger (Minja Koskela & Sanna Kivijärvi; Commentator Olle Zandén)Semiotisk och musikalisk samkonstruktion av musikteoretiska begrepp (Niclas Rudbäck; Commentator Eirik Askerøy)
15.30-15.45New Books

15.45-16.00Closing Ceremony