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The research group Culture - Criticism - Community is an interdisciplinary and international research group that gathers researchers with a critical research interest.

The research group Culture – Criticism – Community consists of researchers with a critical research interest concerning education, cultural participation, arts education, community arts and arts communities.

Its members are interested in cultural practices, critical approaches to education and dissemination, and they have a strong orientation towards communities and society. Their ideas and values are explored through both traditional research and arts-based research, often with participatory and collaborative approaches.

The research group is interdisciplinary (music, drama, visual arts), inter-institutional and international. In addition to being a research community, the group also functions as an umbrella for ongoing research projects as well as an incubator for new perspectives and projects.

Group members have been awarded several externally funded projects the last few years. By far the largest project was «Music Teacher Education for the Future» (FUTURED 2019-2022), a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. In this project, the researchers explored music in the new five-year teacher education from a perspective of change.
CCC publishes regularly in international journals. The group is also involved in both national and international networks, and members are actively engaging in research dissemination and contact with communities and the public. Examples of the group’s research is presented and discussed in the podcast MusikkPed Podden (launched in 2023), where new episodes are published every second week.

Newest publications

Christophersen, C., Aróstegui, J.-L., Holdhus, K., Kenny, A., Knudsen, J. S., Lindgren, M., Väkevä, L. & Viig, T.G. (In press): Music teacher education for the future: Reflections on change. To be published in Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education 22(3)

Kvile, S. & Christophersen, C. (2023). Recognising intra-actions between music and pupils. Music Education Research 25(2), 205-215.

Bendik Fredriksen, Silje Valde Onsrud, Hanne Rinholm & Judy Lewis (2023) Who takes part in participation? Challenges to empowering student voice in music teacher education, Music Education Research, DOI: 10.1080/14613808.2023.2210159

Viig, T.G., Onsrud, S.V., Lewis, J., Kvinge, Ø. & Christophersen, C. (2023). Developing visions for the future. A reflection on utopias in music teacher education. Visions of Research in Music Education 41(1), 1-17.

Bjørnevoll, S. M. (2022). “We Never Got to Try That Experience of Total Chaos”: Exploring Preservice Music Teachers’ Agency in Teaching Practicum. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 0(0).

Holdhus, K., Christophersen, C., & Partti, H (2022). Soundtrapped? Socio-material perspectives on collaborative teaching within the music classroom. Research Studies in Music Education

Rinde, Felicity Katharine Burbridge (2022). Inclusive socio-musical spaces for newly arrived migrant children in a Norwegian primary school: Teacher and school leader perspectives. International Journal of Music Education 2022

When the Unforeseen is the Foreseen. Drama Perspectives on Using Rituals to Connect with People Living with Dementia (2022). Katrine Heggstad, DRAMA, When the Unforeseen is the Foreseen: Drama Perspectives on Using Rituals to Connect with People Living with Dementia: DRAMA: Vol 59, No 1 (

Stilla og ropet – kunstnerisk (ut)forskning gjennom fem elastiske byggekomponenter (2022) Tine Grieg Viig. Stemma og stilla i musikk og litteratur, CappelenDamm

The multiplicity of preservice music teachers' positioning in a participatory action research (2022)
Onsrud, Silje Valde;Fredriksen, Bendik; Rinholm, Hanne; Lindgren, Monica
Research Studies in Music Education

Who are the music student teachers in Norwegian generalist teacher education? A cross-sectional survey (2021)
Nysæther, Eyolf Thovsen;Christophersen, Catharina Renate;Sætre, Jon Helge
Nordic Research in Music Education

Music in the school life of newly arrived migrant children: potential paths to participation and belonging (2021)
Rinde, Felicity Katharine Burbridge;Kenny, Ailbhe
Music Education Research

Developing an understanding of intercultural music education in a Nordic setting (2021)
Rinde, Felicity Katharine Burbridge;Christophersen, Catharina Renate
Nordic Research in Music Education

Research projects

Head of Research Group

Department of Arts Education

This research group is part of the research program Art, Creativities and Cultural Practices.