Despite the challenges of the pandemic,
there are many new developments across the past week with music research and postgraduate studies
here in Bergen, Norway. Shown here is a photo I took outside the window just three days ago, which demonstrates the unique colors of late springtime.
I am pleased to announce that the Nordic Network for Music Education (NNME)
has been awarded a substantial budget to continue its operations through 2021. This
state-funded international network organizes intensive joint Master classes and
exchange of music teachers and students across all Master-degree awarding music
teacher education programs in the eight Nordic and Baltic countries. We have recently
published a book from the network, and we are seeking to increase our collaboration
through joint courses and (ultimately) programs.
Academy Music Education research group has also received an additional
budget this spring based on its history of successful research outcomes,
including refereed journal articles, books, encyclopedia entries, and chapters
in major research handbooks.
has been very strong interest in our new PhD course Non-Western Educational Philosophy and Policy. I am happy to report
that doctoral students applied to this course from such countries as China,
Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Canada, Guyana, South Africa, Nigeria,
Poland, the UK, Luxembourg, and Denmark, and from doctoral programs at leading
education faculties, such as University College London and Education University
of Hong Kong. We have great plans for this unique course which will be offered entirely
online in late May.
We are hopeful that life may return to "normal" relatively soon, to the extent possible, and that until then we can all learn to be more patient. Hopefully by Autumn many activities will resume again, although much caution will still be necessary.