Anthologies in process

3: Arts Education: Collaboration, Quality and Tensions
Ed: Bandlien, B.-T., Angelo, E., Letnes, M., Olaussen, I. O.
Publication date: November 2021

This anthology deals with various forms of collaboration on teaching, learning and education in the arts. The contributing authors work with teaching, education, research and administration in various arts disciplines and pedagogies in preschool, elementary school, extracurricular school programs and higher education.

The research in the anthology examines the tensions and contradictions that can arise when teachers in the school and teachers from the extracurricular music and art program are to collaborate on teaching; how a rotating teaching program with multiple instructors affects students’ learning in music subjects; how a collaboration between the school and the music and art program can meaningfully function as a source of artistic competence. The anthology also includes research on such topics as: how policymakers view the extracurricular music and arts program’s mission; leadership and governance challenges within the arts program and in its collaboration with other actors; the significance of performing diversity among people working within art education; evaluating the dramatic arts elective subject in secondary school on the basis of a nationwide survey; and how the equivalent extracurricular arts programs in Sweden, and it’s development program “Kulturskoleklivet”, can be described in light of tension and conflicting objectives.

This anthology makes a broad contribution to the development of knowledge about interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration on arts education, where different competences, understandings and educational cultures are brought together. In this way, the anthology examines how different actors navigate tensions between different arts, different professional understandings, pedagogy, society and administrative matters.

3: Kunstutdanning: Samarbeid, kvalitet og spenninger

Red: Bandlien, B.-T., Angelo, E., Letnes, M., Olaussen, I. O.
Utgivelsesdato: November 2021

Denne antologien omhandler ulike former for samarbeid om undervisning, læring og utdanning i kunstfag. Forfatterne i antologien arbeider med undervisning, utdanning, forskning og organisering innen ulike kunstfag og pedagogikk i barnehage, grunnskole, kulturskole, det frie kulturlivet og i høyere utdanning.

Forskningsarbeidene i antologien undersøker blant annet hvilke spenninger og motsetninger som kan oppstå når lærere i skolen og lærere i kulturskolen skal samarbeide om undervisning; hvordan et flerkompetent og rullerende undervisningstilbud innvirker på elevens læring i musikkfag; hvordan et samarbeid mellom grunnskolen og kulturskolen meningsfullt kan fungere som en type tilførsel av kunstfaglig kompetanse. Antologien innholder også forskning om hvordan beslutningstakere ser på kulturskolens oppdrag; om ledelses- og styringsutfordringer i kulturskolen og i kulturskolens samarbeid med andre parter; betydningen av å utøve forskjellighet for personer som arbeider innenfor kunstutdanning; hvordan valgfaget Sal og scene kan beskrives ut fra en landsomfattende undersøkelse; samt hvordan den svenske kulturskolen og det svenske «kulturskoleklivet» kan beskrives i lys av spenningsfelt og målkonflikter.

Antologien gir et flersidig bidrag til kunnskapsutvikling omkring tverrfaglige og tverrinstitusjonelle samarbeid om kunst- og kulturfag, hvor ulike kompetanser, forståelser og utdanningskulturer føres sammen. Antologien undersøker på denne måten hvordan ulike aktører navigerer i et spenningsfelt mellom ulike kunstarter, ulike fagforståelser, pedagogikk, samfunn og administrative forhold. 

4: Views on Early Music as Representation—Invitations, Congruity, Performance

Red: Robin Rolfhamre
Publication: 2021/2022

Early music performance in its broadest capacity presents a compelling case of being something present representing, presenting, enacting, re-enacting, living and re-living, concretising and fantasising a historical past. It is both what it is and something entirely other. Inspiring countless efforts to come to terms with its nature, one way of approaching the act of conveying or doing history is through pedagogy. Pedagogy, here, is multifaceted as it is placed and displaced in learning, acting, mediating, communicating, perceiving, conveying and persuading historically remote, cultural practices. As such, the anthology will include both explicitly pedagogical chapters and more implicit approaches situated within pedagogical settings. The driving force behind the project is: when safekeeping our European cultural heritage, how do we do so and to what effect? To cast a fresh gaze on traditional Early music performance studies, we argue for the pedagogical potential of such a project. Not only as something functioning as an artefact used within an educational setting, but as something being primarily pedagogical also in its formation and re-formation. The way Early music is construed and portrayed just to fulfil the official boundary of its terminology, is also a pedagogical act performed in multiple ways. It is not a question of regarding Early music scholarship and artistry as binary presentism vs historicism, but rather as historicism in presentism and presentism in historicism. It is precisely what this volume is all about and to which it seeks to contribute. The anthology gathers a collection of chapters highlighting spectatorship, experience, theory, rhetoric, philosophy, representation, performance, performativity, literature, visual arts, pedagogy, education, pragmatism and also new-materialism. It treats music that is readily categorised as Early music, and music that is bordering to, or even becoming, something else entirely, but with evident roots in the Early music repertoire.

5: Co-singing Across the Life Course

Eds.: Strøm, R. V., Eiksund, Ø. J., Balsnes, A. H.
Publication date: March 2022

This anthology deals with co-singing (samsang) in different life stages and various settings in a Nordic context. The contributing authors have their experience from performing music education, primary and lower secondary teacher education, kindergarten teacher education,  PPU education, vocational education in music, music therapy education and from other types of musical practice in the free cultural life. 

Co-singing forms an essential part of our shared cultural heritage. Co-singing, which involves all forms of singing-activities in which people coexists, characterizes in various ways human companionship throughout the course of life, from cradle to grave. From av critical analytical perspective, the research in this anthology sheds light on several themes related to the importance and value of co-singing practice in terms of sensemaking and experiencing coherence in life. This involves musical, physical, psychological, emotional, cognitive, ethical, cultural, and social factors. The research projects examines for instance the position of singing activities in Norwegian kindergartens and schools, co-singing  and health-related topics, co-singing  from a gender perspective,  co-singing  from a multicultural perspective, co-singing activities in light of motivation and coping, and also low-threshold, flexible daily life singing activities for persons with dementia and their relatives. The conditional possibilities for choir singing in various life stages, from childhood to age of retirement, are also explored in several chapters. With its broadly arranged and pluralistic approach, this anthology provides a multi-faceted contribution to the development of knowledge in the research field of music associated with the power and legitimacy of co-singing at the individual, group, and societal levels.

5: Samsang gjennom livsløpet
Red: Strøm, R. V., Eiksund, Ø. J., Balsnes, A. H.
Utgivelsesdato: mars 2022

Denne antologien omhandler samsang i ulike livsfaser og sammenhenger i en nordisk kontekst. Forfatterne har sin erfaring fra utøvende musikkutdanning, grunnskolelærerutdanning, barnehagelærerutdanning, faglærerutdanning, PPU-utdanning, musikkterapiutdanning og det frie kulturlivet.

Samsang utgjør en vesentlig del av vår felles kulturarv. Samsang, som innebærer alle former for sang der mennesker synger sammen, karakteriserer på ulike måter menneskelig samvær gjennom hele livsløpet, fra vugge til grav. Med et kritisk analytisk blikk belyser forskningsarbeidene i antologien varierte tematikker omkring samsangpraksisens betydning og verdi for meningsskaping og opplevelse av sammenheng i livet knyttet til musikalske, fysiske, psykiske, emosjonelle, kognitive, etiske, kulturelle og sosiale faktorer gjennom livsløpet. Undersøkelsene innbefatter blant annet sangens stilling i norske barnehager og skoler, samsang og helserelaterte temaer, samsang i et kjønnsperspektiv, samsang i et flerkulturelt perspektiv, samsangaktiviteter i lys av mestring- og motivasjon samt samsang med personer med demens. Korsangens mulighetsbetingelser i ulike livsfaser, fra oppvekstår til pensjonsalder, tematiseres også i flere kapitler. Med sin bredt anlagte og pluralistiske tilnærming, gir antologien et mangesidig bidrag til kunnskapsutviklingen på det musikkpedagogiske området knyttet til samsangens kraft og legitimitet både på individ-, gruppe- og samfunnsnivå.