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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

FUTURED: Music teacher education for the future

The project's research objectives are to challenge the status quo of music teacher education in Norway, and to develop innovative and collaborative practices that could foster students’ collaborative, critical and democratic capacities.


The FUTURED project aims to discuss the current educational situation in general teacher education (GTE) music programs, develop new teaching approaches and propose new directions for music teaching and music teacher education. The project starts from the following claims:

a) Music teacher education needs to relate to societal needs and challenges, and
b) Music teacher education needs approaches that can cater for versatile musicianship and learning styles, as well as critical reflection.

The FUTURED project is managed by professor Catharina Christophersen at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (WNUAS), and organised in three workpackages with designated leaders and guest researchers.

Involved researchers are, in addition to WNUAS, from Oslo Metropolitan University, the Norwegian Academy of Music, Mary Immaculate College and the University of the Arts Helsinki. Professor Heidi Partti from the University of the Arts Helsinki works as a guest researcher in the project.

Contact infromation for the project

Project name

FUTURED: Music Teacher Education for the Future




Research Council of Norway

Lead organisation

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (WNUAS)