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Research projects

Artistic research in music in the academy has had a focus towards performative knowledge, and explores a wide range of expression in composition, improvisation and musical interpretation. Two senior research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council, (re)thinking Improvisation (2009-2011) and Music in Movement (2012-2015) reflect these interests.

Research in music education emphasizes the importance of empirical study as well as the perspectives of formal and informal learning. Current senior research addresses intercultural pedagogic competence and creativity.

The general direction of current senior research is towards the creation of more robust knowledge concerning the impact of globalization and migration on musical creativity in contemporary society. Here, interdisciplinary approaches bring researchers together, not only from artistic and educational practices, but from a wider research field through international networks. Within the academy, specialized competence on intercultural perspectives are a central contribution to these research approaches. Direct interactions between first, second and third cycle education are worked into the curriculum, and research results are continuously implemented in education in music and music and music education. An important hub for interdisciplinary research, which constitutes a platform for collaboration between all research fields within the faculty is the Inter Arts Center. Here, series such as the Interference Laboratory allow for the sharing of knowledge between doctoral students and senior researchers.


Eva Sæther
Eva Sæther
Professor of Music Education
Subject Director for Research Studies in Music Education
E-mail: eva [dot] saether [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Telephone: +46 (0)40 32 54 84


Stefan ÖstersjöStefan Östersjö
Associate Professor of Artistic Research in Music
Subject Director for Artistic Research Studies in Music
E-mail: stefan [dot] ostersjo [at] mhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Telephone: +46 (0)76 102 97 25