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Music researchers at INN University to receive NOK 10 million

Professor Sidsel Karlsen

Professor Sidsel Karlsen is the leader of the DYNAMUS project, awarded NOK 9,990,000 from the Research Council's FRIHUMSAM programme.

The research project “The social dynamics of musical upbringing and schooling in the Norwegian welfare state” (DYNAMUS) has been awarded close to NOK 10 million from the Research Council's FRIHUMSAM programme.

DYNAMUS is the product of the work of the research group "Culturally Oriented Music Pedagogics" at INN University, and is a further development of the former project “Musical gentrification and socio-cultural diversities,” which has also received funding from The Granting Committee for the Humanities and Social Sciences (FRIHUMSAM) of the Research Council of Norway.

Strengthens music research and PhD education

- This is amazing news, says dean Morten Ørbeck at the Department of Education and Natural Sciences at Hamar, home to the research group. This is a very important contribution to the further development of our music research, and also for our Teaching and Teacher Education PhD programme.

- And not least, it's a great recognition of the music academic environment at Hamar, which managed to stand out in a competition where only 7 percent of the applications where accepted! says the dean.

Music in teaching

The main objective of the new DYNAMUS project is to explore how music may act as inclusive, but also as an excluding factor, in different learning and educational contexts. One example is the “culture schools” (schools of music and performing arts), which with the slogan "Culture school for all," wish to cast a wide net, yet still recruit within a relatively narrow segment of the population.

What role does the available selection of musical genres play in this? And is there any significance to training on which musical instruments is offered? What 'musical cultures' are embedded in culture schools, and what does this mean for those who choose to send their children there?

In addition to the culture schools, the school system’s music education and the musical socialization that occurs through the ever-expanding media landscape, will be among the research areas of the project.

Proud recipients

The competition for the Research Council's FRIHUMSAM funds was uncompromising; of the year’s total of 225 applying research projects, only 16 projects were awarded funds.

- The other grants went to the major universities and research institutes, says Professor Sidsel Karlsen, who is leading the project. INN University’s researchers in music education once more successfully faced fierce competition, and it is actually quite unusual for one research group to receive two grants in a row.

Karlsen believes long-term strategic commitment and cooperation, solid results in the previous Research Council-funded project, and a very good feedback in the Research Council's evaluation of humanistic research, have been among the factors that have led INN University’s music researchers to once more come out on top in terms of research funding.

World-class research

Research Prorector Jørgen Klein, is also impressed by INN University’s music researchers’ achievement.

- In order to succeed in the competition for a grant in this programme, the relevant research must be of the highest international standards. And this research group has managed to achieve this in two rounds!

- As research Prorector, I'm very proud of the fact that we have such a high-skilled and proactive research environment at INN University, says Klein.

About the programme

FRIPRO is an open, national competition arena of the Research Council of Norway, where scientific quality is the deciding evaluation criterion. FRIHUMSAM aims to contribute to the pursuit of research of high scientific quality within the humanities and social sciences.

Read more about the programme on the Research Council website