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Jansson, D., Bygdéus, P. & Haugland Balsnes, A. (2018). Nordic choral conductor education: Overview and research agenda. In: Frederik Pio, Alexis Kallio, Øivind Varkøy, Olle Zandén (Ed.), Nordisk musikkpedagogisk forskning Årbok 19: Nordic Research in Music Education Yearbook Vol. 19 (pp. 137-170). Oslo: Norges musikkhøgskole, 19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nordic choral conductor education: Overview and research agenda
2018 (English)In: Nordisk musikkpedagogisk forskning Årbok 19: Nordic Research in Music Education Yearbook Vol. 19 / [ed] Frederik Pio, Alexis Kallio, Øivind Varkøy, Olle Zandén, Oslo: Norges musikkhøgskole , 2018, Vol. 19, p. 137-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The choral movement holds a prominent position in the Nordic countries,and choral singing is one of the top social activities in terms of the number ofpeople involved. While all these choirs need conductors and depend on choralleadership competence, we have limited knowledge of the existence and levelof available competence, qualitatively or quantitatively. Music academiesand universities are key providers of competence and capacity to meet thedemands of amateur and professional ensembles alike. This paper seeks toestablish a picture of university/academy-based education in choral conducting,with focus on the Scandinavian countries. Existing research is scarce, and theoverall aim of this initial effort is to provide a foundation for further research.We have pursued the following related research questions; which educationalprogrammes exist, what are their profiles in terms of the underlying thinkingand ensemble needs they serve, and what is the capacity in terms of number ofstudents? A variety of research data has been gathered, including curriculumreviews and interviews with conducting teachers and students from selectedinstitutions. Although we have been able to answer the research questionsto some degree, the study opens a series of new questions, which suggest anagenda for further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Norges musikkhøgskole, 2018
Series
Nordisk musikkpedagogisk forskning : Årbok, ISSN 1504-5021, E-ISSN 2535-4027 ; 19
Keywords
choir, choral conductor, education, curriculum
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Humanities, Music Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89405 (URN)978-82-7853-256-0 (ISBN)978-82-7853-257-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-03Bibliographically approved
Bygdéus, P. (2018). Relational perspectives in thepractices of choir directors. In: Frederik Pio, Alexis Kallio, Øivind Varkøy, Olle Zandén (Ed.), Nordisk musikkpedagogisk forskning: Årbok 19: Nordic Research in Music EducationYearbook Vol. 19 (pp. 97-121). Oslo: Norges musikkhøgskole, 19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Relational perspectives in thepractices of choir directors
2018 (English)In: Nordisk musikkpedagogisk forskning: Årbok 19: Nordic Research in Music EducationYearbook Vol. 19 / [ed] Frederik Pio, Alexis Kallio, Øivind Varkøy, Olle Zandén, Oslo: Norges musikkhøgskole , 2018, Vol. 19, p. 97-121Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mediating tools in the practices of choir directorsSkills are relational, that is, they are developed in a relationship and interactionwith the environment, and through the mediation that takes placein social processes. From a socio-cultural perspective this paper has its focuson the interaction in choir practice and the importance for the developmentof the individual, since it is in this interaction that learning, creativity andother cognitive skills are developed. This study of choir conductors appliesa combination of methods, creating an opportunity for the participants toverbally express their thoughts, and also made it possible to examine silentdimensions of knowledge. It is practice-based, qualitative and longitudinalin character. Four choir directors were observed closely while working withtheir children and youth choirs and took part in semi-structured interviews.The empirical data material consists of observation notes, reflective writing,individual interviews, focus conversations, videotapes and stimulated recallinterviews. With an overarching approach to learning and creativity as mediatedand relational, the key concepts are tools, mediating tools, socially situatedcultural practice and collective memory. In the case of professional choraldirectors, the relational aspect can be described as the ability to stand besidethe recently performed actions, reflect on what has just happened and workon this experience over time. The Performing approaches and mediating toolsbecome available in a social, situated and cultural practice. In conclusion,choral conducting involves a great variety of negotiations and renegotiationsof working approaches and mediating tools, and the choir is a mediating toolfor the choir director.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Norges musikkhøgskole, 2018
Series
Nordisk musikkpedagogisk forskning : Årbok, ISSN 1504-5021, E-ISSN 2535-4027 ; 19
Keywords
choral conducting, choir director, mediating tools, relational
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Humanities, Music Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89404 (URN)978-82-7853-257-7 (ISBN)978-82-7853-256-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-03Bibliographically approved
Bygdéus, P. (2015). Medierande verktyg i körledarpraktik: en studie av arbetssätt och handling i körledning med barn och unga. (Doctoral dissertation). Malmö: Lund University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Medierande verktyg i körledarpraktik: en studie av arbetssätt och handling i körledning med barn och unga
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Alternative title[en]
Mediating tools in the practice of choir directors : a study of working approaches and actionsin choral conducting with children and youth
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, approximately 5 % of the population sing in a choir or a singing group which means that about 500 000 people plus a number of choral conductors regularly meet in choir related practices. The aim of the present study is to describe, verbalize and make visible the mediating tools used by choir directors working with children and youth. The study is qualitative in character: four choir directors were observed closely while working with their children and youth choirs. They also took part in semi-structured interviews. The empirical data material consists of observation notes, reflective writing, individual interviews, focus conversations, videotapes and stimulated recall interviews.The results demonstrate that the role of the choir director is complex. When working with a choir, choir directors often use several aspects of their professional role. Analysed from a sociocultural perspective, the result points at eight categories of working approaches: (a) A listening attitude towards the choir, with the music in focus; (b) a variation in ways of working with the choir; (c) the use of musical routines; (d) the choir director acting as a role model in shaping musical expression with the group; (e) a concentrated cooperation with the choir through short and expressive commands and instructions; (f) reflection in practice by planning and self-evaluation; (g) storytelling, which results in memory training, stimulation of the imagination and the sharing of common experience, and (h) the use of target images expressed as visions, goals or jointly stated, communicated targets. These categories are generated through the analysis of the choir directors’ actions and activities in their work with the choirs. This is situated in choir singing as a social and cultural practice. The participants display great individual variation in their choices of strategies for communication and in their decision-making when working with children’s and youth choirs. A large variety of cultural and mediating tools are used. The working approaches and mediating tools become available in a social, situated and cultural practice. In conclusion, choral conducting with children and youth involves a great variety of negotiations and renegotiations of working approaches and mediating tools.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Lund University, 2015. p. 226
Series
Studies in Music and Music Education, ISSN 1404-6539 ; 20
Keywords
choir leadership, choral education, choral conducting, mediating tools, working approaches, sociocultural perspective
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Humanities, Music Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71032 (URN)
Public defence
2015-12-09, Lunds universitet/Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Ystadvägen 25, Malmö, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Bygdéus, P. (2012). Uttryck genom handling: Medierande verktyg i körledararbete med barn och unga. (Licentiate dissertation). Lund University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Uttryck genom handling: Medierande verktyg i körledararbete med barn och unga
2012 (Swedish)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Alternative title[en]
Expression through action : Mediating tools in choral leaders’ work with children’s choir and youth choir
Abstract [en]

The role of the choir leader is a complex one. When working with a choir, choir leaders often use several aspects of their professional role. The aim of this qualitative study is to describe, verbalise and make visible the mediating tools that choir directors working with children and youth choirs use. In a longitude study, four choir leaders were observed closely while working with their choirs. They also took part in semi-structured interviews. The empirical data material consists of observation notes, reflective writing, individualinterviews, focus conversations and videotapes. Analysed from a sociocultural perspective, the result points to eight groups of mediating tools: a) a listening attitude towards the choir, with the music in focus; b) a variation in ways of working with the choir, where a variety of physical tools are used; c) the use of musical routines; d) the choir director acting as a role model in shaping musicalexpression with the group; e) a concentrated cooperation with the choir through short and expressive instructions; f) reflection in practice by planning and self-evaluation; g) storytelling, which results in memory training, stimulation of the imagination and the sharing of common experience, and h) the use of target images expressed as visions, small/big goals or jointly stated, communicated targets. The choir directors who participated in the study use a variety of approaches and ways of working as a strategy for communicating and working with child and youth choirs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund University, 2012. p. 111
Keywords
choir leadership, choral pedagogy, choral conducting, mediating tools, sociocultural perspective
National Category
Music Pedagogy
Research subject
Humanities, Music Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71031 (URN)978-91-979584-4-8 (ISBN)
Presentation
2012-12-12, Lunds universitet/Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Ystadvägen 25, Malmö, 12:12 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved
Bygdéus, P. (2011). Artistic leadership: The Design of a study for making visible mediating tools for choir directors. In: Ursula Geisler, Karin Johansson (Ed.), Choir in Focus 2011: (pp. 75-88). Göteborg: Bo Ejeby förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Artistic leadership: The Design of a study for making visible mediating tools for choir directors
2011 (English)In: Choir in Focus 2011 / [ed] Ursula Geisler, Karin Johansson, Göteborg: Bo Ejeby förlag, 2011, p. 75-88Chapter in book (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Bo Ejeby förlag, 2011
Keywords
choir, choral research, choral singing, choral history, performance studies, music education, music dicourse, singing, chorus, Choir in Focus, kör, körforskning, kör i fokus, Chor, Chorforschung, Chorsingen
National Category
Music
Research subject
Humanities, Music
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-71029 (URN)978-91-88316-59-2 (ISBN)91-88316-59-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-02-22 Created: 2018-02-22 Last updated: 2018-03-16Bibliographically approved
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