Kari Mette Holdhus

Arbeids- og kompetanseområde

Kari Holdhus, associate 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 (www.diskoprosjektet.no).The 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 (Nivå 1) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ObnYAZU8D64k7amAV0lqt0ZEpw1WCjUt


Holdhus, K. (2018). When Students Teach Creativities: Exploring Student Reports on Creative Teaching. Qualitative Inquiry, 1077800418801377. (Nivå 2) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1s8YuU5Ca9tEY7jQLylk5yb8JDKTJRM_2


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.(Nivå 1) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aa28hTVni9G3At9JTPWhS_ffYmKpKJfh


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. (Nivå 1) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1641yf6H0Nd-8A_2CNg0EOesCDYdZMCq6


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. (Nivå 1) https://drive.google.com/open?id=10Vtv2zb39GrdLKSUQui9DEw_4zlqDPeg