Kari Mette Holdhus

Arbeids- og kompetanseområde

Kari Holdhus, Professor in Music Education

Research interests: Relational pedagogy, dialogic musical encounters, creative teaching and learning, pedagogical improvisation. Ph.D. (2014) Star experiences or gym hall aesthetics? – a study of musicians’ quality conceptions in visiting school concerts. Holdhus explicitly studies communication processes between musicians, teachers and pupils in visiting music practices and musical partnerships. 

Holdhus is currently project-leader of an innovation project on Norwegian professional visiting concerts, called School and concert – from transmission to dialogue ( project aims at developing alternative forms of music visits in schools by emphasizing dialogic encounters between musicians, teachers and pupils, allowing pupils’ agency and creativity. The project methodology is Educational Design Research.

Selected publications: 

Johansen, G. G., Holdhus, K., Larsson, C., & MacGlone, U. (Eds.). (2019). Expanding the Space for Improvisation Pedagogy in Music: A Transdisciplinary ApproachRoutledge.


Holdhus, K. (2019). The Polyphony of Musician–Teacher Partnerships: Towards Real Dialogues? Thinking Skills and Creativity


Holdhus, K. (2018). When Students Teach Creativities: Exploring Student Reports on Creative Teaching. Qualitative Inquiry, 1077800418801377.


Vist, T., Holdhus, K. (2018). Does this work of art invite me into intersubjective dialogue? Towards a relational aesthetics in music education.European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education. Vol. 3, 01.


Holdhus, K., & Espeland, M. (2018). Music in Future Nordic Schooling. The Potential of the Relational Turn. European Journal of Philosophy in Arts Education (EJPAE)2(2), 85-118.


Holdhus, K., Høisæter, S., Mæland, K., Vangsnes, V., Engelsen, K. S., Espeland, M., & Espeland, Å. (2016). Improvisation in teaching and education—roots and applications. Cogent Education, 3(1), 1204142.