Musical Alterations: Visiting Musicians in Educational Settings

Project owner

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

Project categories

Basic Research

Project period

August 2015 - December 2015

Project summary

There is a widespread perception within arts education that artists and artists’ organisations have much to offer educational settings, and consequently, there are many programs for visiting artists around the world. However, there has been little systematic exploration of this topic within music education research. The research project seeks to map the research field of visiting musicians in educational contexts, with the aim of compiling an international comprehensive picture of leading debates and issues in this field. As a result, the project will also seek to identify gaps in the literature and pertinent questions to inform future research studies, such as: How can the role of the visiting musician in educational settings be perceived by various stakeholders, what opportunities and challenges could he/she bring to educational settings, and how do the visiting musicians’ training and experiences influence their approach to educational work? 

This project is a collaboration between scholars who have previously done research in this field: Dr. Ailbhe Kenny, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick (Ireland) and Dr. Catharina Christophersen, Bergen University College, Faculty of Education  (Norway). The project will be presented in international conferences and its results published internationally.