Norges musikkhøgskole Norwegian Academy of Music
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The Norwegian Academy of Music History Project

Svart-hvitt-bilde av Norges musikkhogskole i 1983

In 2023, the Norwegian Academy of Music will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Academy's History Project will provide research and documentation of the institution's activities and development throughout its long history.

What driving forces ensured the establishment of a government-funded academy of music in 1973 – 90 years after Ludwig Mathias and Peter Lindeman founded an organists' school, subsequently known as the Oslo Conservatory of Music? What priorities have been given to various disciplines over the years, such as pedagogy, performance, and different musical genres? To what extent have the most prominent Norwegian professional musicians influenced the institution, and what issues and concerns have been important to the changing principals and administrations?

The Academy’s History Project, which is supported by the Lindeman Foundation, does not aim to provide exhaustive answers to all these questions, and additional ones will arise. However, some of these issues will form the core of the work towards the anniversary. The project aims to provide research on and documentation of the Academy’s history and to look into the institution’s connections to the history of music education in general.

Archival material, interviews and communication

Extensive archival material is at the project’s disposal, covering the entire lifespan of the institution – from the days of the organists' school to the present-day conservatory, in addition to already existing books and publications about the Academy and comparable institutions. This material and relevant theory will be used to elucidate the institution’s history from numerous angles. Additionally, the project seeks to uncover and include practical knowledge, to access valuable information otherwise rarely documented in writing. How do the teachers of the Academy describe and reflect upon their respective disciplines, whether they teach music history, classical singing, folk music, jazz improvisation, music therapy, conducting, church music or music pedagogy? Or, for that matter: what do principals and leaders in other positions think about running an institution like the Academy?

To obtain this knowledge, central actors connected to the Academy from the time before and after 1973, representing different disciplines, generations and functions, will be interviewed. These interviews will provide background material for research and analysis, and for journalistic presentations online or in printed publications, aimed at the general public.

For more information about the project's privacy protection policy, please confer with the Norwegian website, or contact the project manager (see below).

The project has two main goals: to convey new knowledge through academic publications and to communicate the history of Norwegian music education in general, and the Academy’s activities in particular, through popular channels – on paper, on screen, through text, pictures and sound. Several researchers and writers will be connected to the project. The faculty of the Academy and of other institutions, as well as freelance writers, may apply for funding to contribute to the project, and openings for PhD and master scholarships linked to the History Project are made available for qualified applicants.

Published: Mar 11, 2020 — Last updated: Sep 3, 2021