Professor Magne Espeland

Magne Espeland

Magne I. Espeland is professor in Music and Education at Stord/Haugesund University College (HSH) in Western Norway. Specialities are curriculum development and innovation in music and arts education, educational design studies, research methodologies for education, master and Ph.D surpervision , and project leadership. Current administrative duties include chairing the Research Program for Creativity and Culture Education at HSH, and MusicNet West, a network of higher music education in Western Norway. He was one of the founders of Grieg Research School, a multi institutional co-operation between institutions in Western Norway and has  served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Bergen. Nationally he has chaired and served on a number of Ministerial Committees from 1994 onwards, e.g. on new national curricula in music (1997) and music teacher education (2010, and 2015) and the recent Ministerial expert committee on art and culture in education, Det muliges kunst (2014). His current research activities include leading the research activities of “Improvisation in Teacher Education”– a 3 year research project funded by the Norwegian National Research and advisory services for the Swedish Research Council.

List of publications

Ph.D supervision

Kari Holdhus 2010- 2014: Stjerneopplevelser eller gymsalsestetikk? En studie av kvalitetsoppfatninger i skolekonsertpraksiser (Star Experiences or Gymhall Aesthetics? A Study of Quality Conceptions in School Concerts Practices)

Oded Ben Horin 2014- 2018: Improvisation the Bridge: A Study of Teaching Skills and Educational Design in an Arts-infused Inquiry Based Science Teaching Context.

Øistein Kvinge 2014- 2018: Improvisation as sign making activity?- a case study on educational design in teacher education.

Advisory and examiner services

External Ph.D examiner in Norwegian Academy of Music,  University of Bergen, Norway, Royal College of Music, and Luleå University College, Sweden, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Chair and member of Commissions on professorial positions in music education : University of Arts, Sibelius Academy, Finland (2014), Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden (2015), Stord/Haugesund University College (2012, 2014 and 2016)

Advisor on research applications, Swedish Research Council, 2012- 2015, advisor on Programme Accreditation, Hong Kong Institute of Education, 2015

Selected international publications (past 10 years)

Espeland, M (2003). The African Drum: The Compositional Process as Discourse and Interaction in a School Context, Book Chapter in Hickey (edit): Why and How to Teach Composition,  MENC: The National Association for Music Education, USA.

Murphy, R. /Espeland, M./ (2006) Upbeat- Pupils books 1 to 6, Carol Education, Dublin, Ireland)

Murphy, R./ Espeland, M./ (2006) Upbeat – Teacher Resource Books  1 to 6, Carol Heinemann, Dublin, Ireland)

Espeland, M (2007): Compositional process as discourse and interaction : a study of small group music composition processes in a school context, HSH Rapport nr. 1, HSH Stord

Espeland, M (2007) : A Scandinavian Perspective on Music Curriculum Research, in Bresler, L. (edit) International Handbook for Research in Arts Education, Springer, The Netherlands

Espeland, M (2007).: A Nordic Perspective on Creativity in Music, in Bresler, L. (edit) International Handbook for Research in Arts Education, Springer, The Netherlands

Espeland, M. (2009); Nora’s story and the mirror of music teacher excellence, in Barrett, M., Stauffer, S. (edits): Narrative Inquiry in Music Education: Troubling Certainty, Springer

Bjørnstad, F.O. & Espeland. M (2010) : The History of Norwegian Music Education in Schools.- Educational Progress or Stasis at the Outskirts of Europe? In Stevens (edit):Origins and Foundations of Music Education:Cross-Cultural Historical Studies in Compulsory Schooling, Continuum

Espeland, Magne (2010). Dichotomies in music education – real or unreal?. Music Education Research 2010 ;Volum 12.(2) s. 129-139

Espeland, M. (2011): A century of music listening in schools: Toward practices resonating with cultural psychology? In Barrett (edit): A Cultural Psychology of Music Education, Oxford University Press

Wiggins, J. & Espeland, M. (2012): Creating in Music Learning Contexts, in McPherson (edit), The New Oxford Handbook of Music Teaching and Learning, Oxford University Press

Schei.T.B, Espeland M., Stige B.(2013): Research and research education in music – disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach? Nordic Research in Music Education. Yearbook Vol. 14 2012, 27–45

Holdhus, Kari; Espeland, Magne (2013). The Visiting Artist in Schools: Arts Based or School Based Practices?. International Journal of Education and the Arts.Volum 14.