Symposium on higher music education

On 31 August – 1 September 2016, The University of Agder (UiA) and CEMPE host a symposium on higher music education in Kristiansand, Norway. The aim of the symposium is to create an arena for dialogue and discussion on issues relevant for teaching and learning in higher music education.

The symposium is arranged in collaboration with the ‘genre-blind’ Punkt Festival.

In sync? Music, teaching and learning in higher music education

Art, music and society are characterized by development and change. The roles and practices of musicians change accordingly. Higher music education needs therefore to open up and let perspectives from outside music practices inform development within higher music education institutions.

The symposium will pay special attention to the digital musician and the portfolio musician, and to what can be learned about content, teaching and learning in higher education from the perspectives of these “case studies”. Contributors will present and discuss these matters from several angles, such as music technology, music performance, learning in online and “offline” settings, and from the perspectives of music education theory and practice.

Selected contributors:

  • Students from University of Agder and Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Fiona Talkington (University of Birmingham/BBC, UK)
  • Matthew Sansom (University of Surrey, UK)
  • Jennie Henley (Royal College of Music, UK)
  • Andrew Dubber (Music Tech Fest, UK)
  • Tone Åse (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Rikard Lindell (Mälardalen University College, Sweden)
  • Tanja Orning (CEMPE, Norway)
  • Jan Bang (University of Agder/Punkt, Norway)
  • Guro Gravem Johansen (CEMPE, Norway)
  • Ingfrid Breie Nyhus (CEMPE, Norway)

Representatives from orchestras and music schools in Agder


For questions concerning the programme, please contact: Jan Bang ( or Jon Helge Sætre (

Other questions, please contact: Øystein Nerland Flemmen (

Last updated: 10. June 2016