Advancing Music Education in Northern Europe tells the story of a unique organization that has contributed in profound ways to the professional development of music teachers in the Nordic and Baltic nations. At the same time, the book offers reflections on how music education, and approaches to the training of music teachers, have changed across recent decades, a period of significant innovations. In a time where international partnerships appear to be threatened by a recent resurgence in protectionism and nationalism, this book also more generally demonstrates the value of formalized international cooperation in the sphere of higher education. The setting for the discussion, Northern Europe, is a region arguably of great importance to music education for a number of reasons, seen for instance in Norway’s ranking as the ‘happiest nation on earth’; the well-known success of Finland’s schools in international-comparative measures of student achievement; how Sweden has grappled with its recent experience as ‘Europe’s top recipient of asylum seekers per capita’ and Estonia’s national identity as a country born from a ‘Singing Revolution’, to name but a few examples. The contributors chronicle how the Nordic Network for Music Education was founded and developed, document its impact, and demonstrate how the eight nations involved in this network – Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – are making unique contributions of global significance to the field of music education.
1. Introduction: Advancing music education in Northern Europe Torunn Bakken Hauge & David G. Hebert 2. Master seminars in music education across eighteen years: Inclusion, equality and democracy as lived experienceCecilia Ferm Almqvist 3.Reflections on research collaborations: A call for Nordic research on music education, sustainability, and democracy Eva Sæther & Adriana Di Lorenzo Tillborg 4. Musical performance and tacit self-censorship Tiri Bergesen Schei 5. Music, universality and globalization: Some challenges for music education in the decades to come Geir Johansen 6. An Icelandic perspective on the Nordic music education community Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir 7. Musician and teacher: Higher popular music education in a Danish perspective Lars Brinck 8. Advancing music education via Nordic cooperation: Equity and equality as central concepts in Finland Marja Heimonen & David G. Hebert 9. Bridging the past, present and future in Estonian music education Anu Sepp, Urve Läänemets & Kristi Kiilu 10. A paradigm shift in Latvian music teacher education: A selection of research experience in the period, 2008 – 2017 Mara Marnauza & Sanita Madalane 11. Music teacher education challenges: National and international perspectives in Lithuania Jolanta Lasauskiene 12. Emotional Imitation Method in the context of Lithuanian music education Lolita Navickiene, Asta Rauduvaite, Giedre Gabnyte, David G. Hebert 13. Integrated learning of music and science: Reception of Björk’s Biophilia project in the Nordic countries Bård V. Husby and David G. Hebert 14. Conclusion: Learning from two decades of music education leadership