NC Norway

HoldhusKari Holdhus
Western Norway University of Applied sciences


Kari holds a Ph.D. in music education from 2014, with the monograph ”Star Experiences or Gymhall Aesthetics? – A study of visiting concerts in schools”.

She is currently project-leader of an innovation project on Norwegian professional visiting concerts, “School and concert – from transmission to dialogue” (DiSko), which is founded by the Norwegian Research Council. This project runs for four years from 2017.

Kari’s research interests are centred around communication processes between musicians and teachers in visiting music practices and musical partnerships, and she also researches the connections between quality conceptions and relativism in music education, especially addressing music in teacher education and community music education.

She is a contributor to the IMTE – researchproject (improvisation in teacher education) in writings and research activities.

She is an active participant within the international research group Culture, Criticism and Community, based at Western Norway University of Applied Science, however comprising several international members. This is an interdisciplinary research group of researchers from diverse practical and aesthetic subjects, and the aim of the group is to scrutinize art-didactic and aesthetic practices with a critical and culture-sensitive gaze.
Kari is appointed Norwegian national coordinator in European Association for Music in Schools ( the years 2018 and 2019.

Kari was the leader of a MA in creative learning processes from 2013-2016, and she currently teaches within the programme’s music profile as well as supervising master students.